COVID-19: Cases Exceed 1.2 mln, Over 64,800 Deaths

Source: People's Daily, Xinhua, CGTN, China Daily, Global Times, CBS, iFeng, Baidu, Global  News Agencies, Majdi


A Rush of Local News

A total of 30 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 25 from abroad, three new deaths and 47 asymptomatic cases were reported on the Chinese mainland as of Saturday midnight, according to China's National Health Commission. 

The total number of confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland stands at 81,669; the cumulative death toll is now at 3,329, while 1,024 asymptomatic patients are under medical observation. 

On the same day, Chinese health authorities said 213 patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 76,964. 

The latest numbers of total confirmed cases in Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and Taiwan region are as follows: 

Hong Kong: 862 (186 recovered, 4 deaths) 

Macao: 44 (10 recovered) 

Taiwan: 355 (50 recovered, 5 deaths) 

An asymptomatic infected person in Wuhan was transferred to confirmed case on April 3; the patient received several express deliveries without washing hands. The building where the patient lived had one confirmed case, a community infection cannot be ruled out. The patient lives in: The patient lives in jinyuhuating community, Jianguo community, Ronghua street, Qiaokou District.  

Beijing issued a notice requiring all business units not to hold offline promotional activities such as opening ceremonies during the epidemic.

The Chinese government has facilitated the donation of 1,000 ventilators to New York set to arrive at JFK Airport today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday. 

Joe Tsai, the billionaire co-founder of Chinese technology and e-commerce company Alibaba, and his wife Clara Wu Tsai have donated 2.6 million masks (both surgical and KN95), 170,000 goggles and 2,000 ventilators to New York.

A Rush of News

Egypt: At least 17 medics in Egypt's main cancer hospital have been quarantined after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Spain to extend coronavirus state of emergency until April 26.

Las Ramblas in Barcelona on April 3. Joan Valls/Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Thailand temporarily banned all passenger flights from landing in the country, effective from Saturday through to the end of Monday.

Saudi Arabia announced a lockdown and a partial curfew in seven neighbourhoods of the Red Sea city of Jeddah, starting on Saturday.

Bahrain allows transit through Bahrain International Airport for 

passengers from all nationalities. Entry would remain restricted to Bahraini citizens, residents of the Kingdom, and travelers holding a letter of prior permission to enter. 

Dubai announced a two-week lockdown starting on Saturday at 8 p.m. (1600 GMT). Dubai warned that mobility would be restricted and legal action taken against violators, adding that supermarkets and pharmacies as well as food and drug delivery services would continue to operate as normal.

Companies in the US are starting to screen employees temperature as they clock in for work. At Walmart and Amazon facilities, hundreds of thousands of employees will soon get their temperature taken when they report to work. Home Depot is giving its employees thermometers and asking them to check for a fever at home. Starbucks is sending thermometers to stores to allow employees to do voluntary self-monitoring.

Britain is temporarily releasing about 4,000 inmates to ease crowding and try to slow the spread of the coronavirus in prisons.  Pregnant prisoners or those with infants have also been approved for release. Britain has one of the largest prison populations in western Europe with more than 80,000 people behind bars. 88 inmates and 15 prison staff have tested positive for COVID-19. Three prisoners died.

Ukraine sent 20 doctors and nurses to Italy to assist their Italian colleagues and to gain field experience, they will be deployed to the region of Marche in central Italy for two weeks.

Expo 2020 Dubai: The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday proposed October 1, 2021 March 31, 2022, as the new opening dates for Expo 2020 Dubai. The Expo 2020 Dubai was originally set to start from October 20, 2020, and last until April 10, 2021, and it would have been attended by more than 190 countries.

Countries Confirming First Case/death

Kuwait has recorded its first death from the  coronavirus outbreak, state news agency KUNA reported, citing a health ministry spokesman.

Georgia: A 79-year-old woman who tested positive for the coronavirus has died, the country's first death related to the pandemic.

Hard-Hit Countries

Spains death toll rose to 11,744 on Saturday from 10,935 the previous day, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. It is the second day in a row that the number of new deaths has fallen. A total of 809 people died from the disease over the past 24 hours, down from 932 the previous day, the figures showed.  

Irans death toll from the coronavirus outbreak climbed to 3,452 on Saturday, with 158 more deaths recorded over the past 24 hours, Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpur said, Reuters reported.

France now has more cases of the coronavirus than China, as the number of confirmed cases reached 83,029, according to data from Johns Hopkins University on Saturday.

The United Kingdom has recorded 708 new deaths from coronavirus, the largest one-day rise since the outbreak began. According to figures released by the Department of Health and Social Care, a total of 4,313 have now died in the UK. The figures are current to 5 p.m. (12 p.m. ET) on April 3, but were released a day later. The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus as at 9 a.m. (4 a.m. ET) April 4 is 41,903, which is an increase of 3,735 from the previous days figures.

US cases continue to rise faster than other countries. Meanwhile, The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US has topped 300,000 and there have been more than 8,100 deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

Italy: The death toll rose by 681 to 15,362, a somewhat lower rise than those seen in recent days. There were 3,994 people in intensive care, down from a previous 4,068, the first time the total had fallen since the outbreak in northern Italy on February 21.  

Man, 93, recovers from COVID-19

On Wednesday, doctors and medical staff applauded the discharge of a 93-year-old Spanish man who had recovered from COVID-19.

The man, whose name was not released, had spent five days in isolation at a hospital in La Seu d'Urgeil. 

More than 95 percent of people who have died of coronavirus in Europe have been older than 60, the WHO said on Thursday. 

US CDC director: "Coronavirus wont be a one-time foe"

The coronavirus represents a potential global catastrophe on its way to the Southern Hemisphere, according to Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an interview, he touched on why the CDC has been largely absent from public briefings over the past month and warns that COVID-19 will be around longer than the next few weeks. But I would say [if] were lucky enough to have that we need to get very prepared because next late fall and early winter, like most respiratory viruses, coronavirus 19 will be an enemy that were going to have to face again, he said. 

Italy's Lombardy Region: Wearing Masks is Mandatory

A man walks with groceries in Milan, Italy, on April 2. Lorenzo Palizzolo/Getty Images

Italian authorities in the northern Italian region of Lombardy are ordering all citizens to wear masks when outside. 

According to a statement issued by the region's president, Attilio Fontana, members of the public are now obligated to cover "their nose and mouth with masks, or even through simple scarves" when leaving the house, until the April 13.

Japan Has >300 New Cases, Highest-ever in a Single Day

Japan recorded 314 new cases of the novel coronavirus and six more deaths on Friday, according to the country's Health Ministry.

It marked the first time that Japan has recorded more than 300 new cases in a day.

Of the new confirmed cases, 89 were from Tokyo alone.

Australia Asks 2 million Temporary Visa Holder to Leave ASAP

The Australian government has said over 2 million people on temporary visas, including students, skilled workers, and visitors, in the country, should "go home" as soon as possible amid an economic downturn and joblessness due to the coronavirus pandemic.       

There are 2.17 million foreigners currently in Australia on different temporary visas, and are "extremely valuable to the Australian economy and way of life," Alan Tudge, the acting immigration minister, said Saturday in a statement.

But, Tudge said, "temporary visa holders who are unable to support themselves under these arrangements over the next six months are strongly encouraged to return home...For these individuals, its time to go home, and they should make arrangements as quickly as possible." This does not include permanent residents, he said. 

A woman runs around Sydney Harbour on April 1. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Married for 51 years, They Died Six Minutes Apart

Adrian and Stuart Baker were married for more than 51 years, and their family called them inseparable. On March 29, they both died of complications due to Covid-19 -- just six minutes apart.

Before just a few weeks ago, Stuart and Adrian Baker were perfectly healthy.

The inseparable couple had been married for more than 51 years and were living in Boynton Beach, Florida, in retirement. Neither of them had any serious health conditions.

Then in mid-March, they started feeling ill.

On Sunday, they both died -- six minutes apart -- due to complications from Covid-19, their son Buddy Baker said.

Stuart Baker was 74. Adrian Baker was 72.

The three weeks from infection to death: About three weeks ago, Stuart and Adrian went to the doctor because they weren't feeling well, according to Buddy. They were eventually sent home.

A few days later, their symptoms still hadn't improved so their doctor recommended that they visit the hospital. They were also sent home and told to self-quarantine.

After a few more days, on March 19, they were told to return to the hospital. Baker's father, who had a fever and asthma, was admitted. His mother, who did not have a fever, was not.

On March 24, the hospital called -- Stuart had tested positive for Covid-19 and the doctor said it didn't look like he would make it.

Buddy and his sister decided to take their mother to the hospital as a precautionary measure. Within 45 minutes of their mother being checked in, the doctor called to report that her oxygen levels were very low.

Buddy said he and his sister decided to move their parents to hospice care at the counsel of medical professionals. His mother and father were moved to the same room and taken off ventilators to be comfortable. Within minutes of each other, they had passed.

Stuart and Adrian Baker. Courtesy Buddy Baker

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