Coronavirus: data, infections, deaths USA, India, UK... 5 April

Coronavirus live: latest Covid-19 updates - Sunday 5 April

Front page 6 April

We're bringing our live feed to a close now but we'll be back in a few hours to get it back up and running again.

Until then, here is Monday morning's front page which has nothing to do with Covid-19 as Paul Pogba edges closer to a move to Real Madrid, preferring their offer to that of his old club Juventus.

Apple involved in the fight against Covid-19

Donald Trump summary

- one of the biggest takeaways from Sunday's briefing was Trump's seemingly lax comments on hydroxychloroquine. The president rolled out a previously used 'what have we got to lose?' line about trying out the drug. Unfortunately, side effects and demand for more needy patients, are sound reasons for not taking that approach.

- Trump praised Americans for doing a great job, a great job, in following social distancing.

- The president says he already sees 'light at the end of the tunnel'

- The medical expert on stage, Dr Fauci, expects this to be a very bad week, as they wait to see the effects of the measures recently taken.

Covid-19 and 5G technology

Think 5G could be related to the spread of coronavirus? If so, you may want to read this...

Donald Trump's daily news brief live

Tiger in New York confirmed to have Covid-19

The four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia was said to have been infected by an asymptomatic employee

"I'm covered in Jesus' blood"

Religious gatherings are still allowed in some states in the US, and this woman gave a remarkable response when asked whether she was worried about catching the coronavirus at church:

2,500-bed field hospital set up in New York

Images have emerged of a field hospital that has been set up at the Javits Center in New York. With 2,500 beds, it is said to be the largest of its kind in the United States.

The state of New York has been the worst-hit area in the US, accounting for over 4,000 of the country's nearly 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths.

Chief medical officer resigns

Dr Catherine Calderwood, the CMO for the Scottish Government, has announced her resignation after breaching her own advice to the country. Her statement is included in the attached tweet.

Johnson to stay in hospital overnight

UK PM Boris Johnson is expected to remain in hospital overnight after being admitted for tests, the BBC has reported.

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab is set to oversee the government's next coronavirus meeting, scheduled for Monday morning.

Who is Charles Lieber, the man conspiracy theorists say created the coronavirus?

The January arrest of Harvard professor Charles Lieber over his ties to China led to rumours he had been involved in manufacturing the coronavirus.

Full story:

UK Prime Minister admitted to hospital

News coming out of Downing Street that Boris Johnson has been taken to hospital this evening for tests. This comes 10 days after it was confirmed that the PM was Covid-19 positive.

The decision was that of his doctor and described as 'precautionary' as Johnson continued to suffer symptoms of coronavirus.

LaLiga club Valencia have sent out their message of strength and togetherness

Bernard Gonzalez, a doctor at the French first division club Stade Reims, was found dead at his house on Sunday after contracting Covid-19. He left a letter for the wife he left behind.

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Fiorentina trio in the clear after overcoming virus

Some encouraging news from Italy - Fiorentina's Patrick Cutrone, German Pezzella and Dusan Vlahovic are clear of coronavirus after returning negative tests, the Italian club announced today. More on that story here:

The Queen has spoken to the UK and the Commonwealth

“Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones. But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.

“We should take comfort that, while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again: we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”

Queen Elizabeth II addressed the nation in and praised Britain's 'spirit' in light of the current coronavirus crisis. She confidently stated that “we will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us.”

Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic

All the information you need to understand the coronavirus and ways to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic:

Los Angeles

US government's 2 trillion dollar Stimulus Package to be put in motion this week

US president Donald Trump signed off a 2 trillion dollar stimulus package which promises to deliver payments of up to 1,200 dollars to American citizens affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Unemployment in the United States rose at the fastest rate since 1975 last week, and the government has promised a bail-out deal for taxpayers with those in the low income bracket set to receive the maximum payment. The first payments are expected to go out this week, read more here

Italy records lowest daily death toll in over two weeks

Italy has announced that 525 people were killed by coronavirus between Saturday and Sunday - the country’s lowest daily death toll since 19 March.

The number of hospital and intensive-care patients has also fallen, the Italian civil protection authority said on Sunday.

There have been just under 130,000 coronavirus cases in Italy, leading to 15,887 deaths - more than in any other nation in the world.

"America is not prepared"

This healthcare worker has offered a damning assessment of the resources in place at hospitals in the United States as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic.

Nearly 10,000 people have now died from Covid-19 in the US, whose total case count of just over 320,000 is, by a margin of almost 200,000, the highest in the world.

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India shows coronavirus the "power of light"

People across India came together on Sunday to show coronavirus "the power of light" as the country battles to curb the coronavirus pandemic. 

Under the hashtag #9pm9minute, Indians were asked by the country's prime minister, Narendra Modi, to turn off the lights in their homes and hold up candles, lamps and mobile-phone torchlights for nine minutes at 21:00 IST (17:30 CEST).

"We must all together challenge the darkness spread by the corona crisis, introducing it to the power of light," Modi said on Friday in an address to the nation, which is currently in the midst of a 21-day lockdown.

There have so far been just over 3,500 registered cases of coronavirus in India, leading to 99 deaths.

Man City

Manchester City pledge not to furlough non-playing staff

After Liverpool, Tottenham and Bournemouth were criticised for furloughing non-playing staff, Premier League champions Manchester City have pledged not to follow suit.

You'll find the full story on that here.

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Ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper recovering from Coronavirus infection

Agustín Rodríguez, who guarded Real Madrid's net from 1980 to 1990, during the Quinta del Buitre era, is reported to be over the worst of the illness and on the road to recovery, family members confirmed on Sunday. Real Madrid have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis with former president Lorenzo Sanz succumbing to the disease last month, aged 76.

London

Surge in UK Coronavirus deaths

In the United Kingdom, coronavirus deaths rose by 621 over the past 24 hours, to take the total number of lives lost to 4,934 - that figure includes 29 patients who had no underlying health issues. 555 deaths were record in England, 12 in Wales, seven in Northern Ireland and two in Scotland.

New infection cases were also up, rising by 5,903 to 47,806 - the largest single-day rise since the crisis started. As it stands, 1,559 patients remain in intensive care in the UK.

Despite the dangers associated with Covid-19, which has been shown to be highly contagious, it didn't stop some Londoners from soaking up the sun in local parks this afternoon. 

Moscow

The situation in Moscow 

Moscow has been under lockdown since 31 March and confinement is expected to continue until 1 May at least after city mayor Sergei Sobyanin extended protection policy on Thursday. 12 million people will be expected to stay in their homes for the next month with few exceptions. As of this morning, 5,389 cases of coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Russia with fatalities standing at 45  - 658 new cases were reported today. All commercial flights returning to Russia were cancelled from Saturday. 

Tokyo Shibuya

Tokyo hits highest single-day figures

Tokyo is expected to announce at least 143 new positive cases of Covid-19 infection today - if, confirmed, it will be the highest single-day rise in the Japanese capital and only the second time that numbers have reached three figures. A total of 118 cases were reported in the capital on Saturday, with the overall number of infections now over 1,000. While Tokyo has not been placed under lockdown, residents have been told to remain indoors at the weekend and only venture out for essential purposes and there has been a notable decline in people using the city's metro service. Schools have been closed for the past fortnight and many businesses have decided to pull down the shutters temporarily until things get better.

Wayne Rooney

With Premier League wages thrust into the spotlight amid the coronavirus pandemic, Wayne Rooney feels players are in a "no-win situation" and says so in his Sunday Times column.

"If the government approached me to help support nurses financially or buy ventilators I'd be proud to do so - as long as I knew where the money was going," wrote Derby County skipper Rooney.

Can the sports industry survive the coronavirus shutdown?

With events cancelled or postponed, revenue streams are drying up. Executives believe wider disruption lies ahead as the Financial Times report in their Big Read opinion section. An interesting look into a massive problem facing all sports and causing many clubs to cut wages. 

A UEFA letter to its 55 members aims to encourage the conclusion of all competitions, with the governing body planning to present a revised calendar by March 18...

Indian couple name twins Covid and Corona

A couple in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh have named their twins - a boy and a girl - Covid and Corona. The twins were born on 27 March during the nationwide lockdown in India, which has so far reported more than 3,500 cases of coronavirus. 

"The delivery happened after facing several difficulties and therefore, my husband and I wanted to make the day memorable," the twins' mother told news agency Press Trust of India.

"When the hospital staff also started calling the babies Corona and Covid, we finally decided to name them after the pandemic."

Unlike many other countries' leaders, who are keen to hold off sports until everything is ready and nobody's health at risk, Donald Trump is keen to get sport back. 

Spain sees death figures drop for second day in a row

Spain counted 674 deaths on Saturday, which means the death figures per day has dropped for the second day in a row. Almost 60,000 people have died from the virus and Spain has been the second most affected country in the world with 11,947 of those. Italy remains the epicentre of the tragedy with 15,362 but they have turned a corner and added no new deaths in the last 24 hours.

Pedro Sánchez, the country's prime minister, said that it is very likely that he will make the whole country wears masks in an effort to further curb the virus' toll. Spain extended their state of alarm until 26 April and Sánchez has said that now is the time to "intensify the fight" against Covid-19.

UK government may go as far as they have with measures in Spain by banning people from going out for excercise...

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez giving a press conference in Madrid

Spanish PM: "Europe's survival is at stake"

Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, expressed his concerns for the future of the EU project in article he penned for The Guardian, which was publised this Sunday. 

"Our citizens are dying and our hospitals overwhelmed. Either we respond with unwavering solidarity or our union fails," writes the Spanish prime minister

He added: "We can turn this crisis into an opportunity to rebuild a much stronger European Union. But to do so, we need to implement ambitious measures. If we continue to think small, we will fail."

 

Financial Times chart shows the trajectory of the coronavirus in different countries...

Trump says coming week will be tough

Donald Trump says this week, or possibly next week, will be the toughest so far during the coronavirus. As of Sunday morning, the US had over 300,000 cases and over 8,000 deaths.

"This will probably be the toughest week — between this week and next week,” Mr Trump warned. “There will be a lot of death, unfortunately.”

Nigeria is stepping up domestic production of face masks. As of 08:30 WAT (09:30 CEST) on Sunday 5 April, there had been 214 confirmed coronavirus cases and four deaths in Nigeria, while 25 people in the country have recovered after contracting Covid-19.

Mercedes F1 team and NHS doctors develop breathing device after pub chat

A Sunday Times report this Sunday describes how Mercedes F1 team members and NHS doctors developed a breakthrough breathing device in fewer than 100 hours after a productive chat in a Shrewsbury pub. The UK government has ordered  of the 10,000 CPAP machines.

UFC star Conor McGregor has called the situation "horrendous" after COVID-19 protection equipment for Irish healthcare workers imported from China was deemed not to the specification required...

	In this picture taken on April 4, 2020, a man wearing a face mask, amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus, walks through the arrivals hall at Hong Kong International Airport. (Photo by DALE DE LA REY / AFP)

China sees rise in coronavirus cases

Mainland China registereed 30 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, up from 19 a day earlier. The number of cases in China has now reached 82,574, with 3,333 related deaths. (Photo: AFP)

In case you missed it, here is one of our most read stories this weekend: Australian scientists have published a paper showing the anti-parasitic drug can reduce the viral load up to 5,000 times in a cell culture infected with the Covid-19 virus.

India PM reminds Indians of #9pm9minute

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter reminded people to turn off the lights in their homes for nine minutes at 9pm on Sunday night, and use lamps, candles and switch on their mobile-phone torches to display a show of the nation’s collective solidarity in the fight against the Covid-19 virus.

Billionaire Ali-baba founder donates equipment to NY

Joe Tsai,co-founder of Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has donated 2.6 million masks, 170,000 goggles and 2,000 ventilators to New York, which has been the worst affected area of the U.S. coronavirus crisis.

"We kept hearing cries for (personal protective equipment) from our community and wanted to help," Clara Tsai told CNN in an interview.

Trump warns Americans to brace for "a lot of death"

U.S. President Donald Trump said that "there will be a lot of death" over the next two weeks. “We probably have never seen anything like these kind of numbers," Trump added. U.S. Covid-19 cases have reaches over 312,000, with 8,501 related deaths. 

We start our coverage as COVID-19 cases hit 1,203,485 worldwide

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of coronavirus pandemic. We'll be bringing you figures, news, comments, sports and more over the course of the day. To start, here is a recap of the figures:

Country: Total cases/Deaths

Worldwide: 1,203,485/64,784

US: 312,237/8,501

Spain: 126,168/11,947

Italy: 124,632/15,362

Germany: 96,092/1,444

France: 90,853/7,574

China: 82,574/3,333

Iran: 55,743/3,452

UK: 42,479/4,320

India: 3,588/99

Nigeria: 214/4

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