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Virtual all-star concert for frontline workers kicks off 

Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Beyonce are taking part in a global special of music, comedy and personal stories in what Gaga calls a "love letter" to frontline workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.

The two-hour "One World: Together at Home", broadcast across multiple television channels in the US and overseas, features a Who's Who of pop culture, with contributions, filmed from their homes, from Elton John, Stevie Wonder, British soccer star David Beckham and former US first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush. 

"I'm so grateful for the healthcare workers, the medical workers, all the grocery store workers and delivery people, the postal workers, all the other nonprofits that are working so hard," Gaga says.

"This is really a true love letter to all of you all over the world, and I hope a reminder of the kindness that's occurring right now," she adds.

Hosted by three of the biggest late night television show hosts in the United States - Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon - the special pays tribute to teachers and healthcare, grocery, delivery, postal and other workers.

The event, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the nonprofit group Global Citizen, is the biggest celebrity effort so far to mark the coronavirus pandemic.

Here's the list of event appearances: 

You can watch the event using any of the following channels and live streaming tools: 

A Rush of Local News

The Chinese mainland reported 16 more COVID-19 cases on Saturday, nine of which were imported from abroad while seven are domestic cases, according to the National Health Commission. It also reported 44 new asymptomatic patients.  

Harbin will conduct nucleic acid and serum antibody tests on teaching staff, senior students in senior high schools and their family members from April 20.

HeilongjiangA residential community in Suifenhe city, Heilongjiang Province, is cordoned off on Saturday as a resident, who works as an international tourism guide has tested positive for COVID-19. Heilongjiang reported more than 370 imported cases so far.

Wuhan completed 275,400 nucleic acid tests under the city's expanded screening for asymptomatic infections from April 8 to Wednesday. 182 have been confirmed as asymptomatic carriers.

Wenzhou in E. China's Zhejiang Province began issuing 1.8 billion yuan ($255m) worth of consumption coupons on Sat in a bid to stimulate consumption amid the pandemic. The coupons will be distributed in three batches until May 31.

People who complete quarantine at collective isolation sites in Beijing are recommended to stay home for 7 more days for further observation: Beijing CDC

A Rush of News

Israel will gradually ease its coronavirus lockdown from Sunday by letting some businesses reopen and relaxing curbs on movement after a slowdown in infection rates, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

The Nigerian president's chief of staff, Abba Kyari, died from COVID-19, the presidency said on Friday, making him the most high profile person in the country to die in the coronavirus outbreak.

Queen Elizabeth II will not be marking her birthday with the traditional royal gun salute as she does not feel it would be appropriate during the coronavirus pandemic, a royal source told CNN on Saturday.  The Queen will celebrate her 94th birthday on April 21.

Algeria will extend a lockdown by 10 days until April 29. The government had imposed a full lockdown in the Blida area, south of the capital Algiers, and a night curfew in the country's remaining 47 provinces until April 19.

Iran lifted coronavirus restrictions Saturday in the capital, Tehran, for low-risk businesses such as clothing stores and book shops.  Restrictions in other provinces were lifted on April 11. High-risk businesses, such as gyms, movie theaters and shopping malls, will remain closed, authorities said.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says his government plans to extend Spains state of alarm for 15 more days. The state of alarm was to end on April 26, but the planned extension calls for it to end on May 9.

Morocco will extend lockdown measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus for another month until May 20, the government has said.

Pakistan lifted restrictions on congregational prayers at mosques but put in place a host of safety conditions to avert the further spread of the coronavirus in the country.

The United Arab Emirates will fine people up to 20,000 dirhams (approximately $5,500) if they share medical information about the coronavirus that contradicts official statements, state news agency WAM reported.

Uzbekistan decided to prolong restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus until May 10.

Croatia is extending its coronavirus lockdown for another 15 days, until May 4. 

Hard-Hit Countries/Regions Official Announcements

Note: The news under this section are according to official reports in these countries; the numbers might not necessarily correspond to the data in the Global table, at the top of this article, which is calculated based on Beijing 24 hours time zone at around 10:00 AM. 

France registered 642 more deaths bringing the total to 19,323. France's public health authority said in a statement that the total number of people in intensive care units fell for the 10th day in a row, to 5,833 - the lowest level since March 31.

Germany's confirmed cases have risen by 3,609 to 137,439, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Saturday, marking a fourth straight day of a spike in new infections. The death toll has risen by 242 to 4,110, the tally showed.

Singapore's health ministry has confirmed 942 new coronavirus infections, a new daily record, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in the city-state to 5,992. The vast majority of the new cases are of "work permit" holders living in foreign worker dormitories, the health ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

Iran's death toll has risen by 73 in the previous 24 hours to reach 5,031 on Saturday, health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpour has said. The total number of people diagnosed with the COVID-19 reached 80,868, he said.

Russia has said its death toll had risen to 313, an overnight increase of 40. The authorities reported 4,785 new cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 36,793.

Brazil: Cases of the new coronavirus rose by 2,917 to 36,599, the health ministry said. Brazil has more coronavirus cases than any other country in Latin America. Deaths rose by 206 to 2,347, the ministry said.

The UK's hospital death toll rose by 888 to 15,464 as of 16:00 GMT on April 17, the health ministry said. "357,023 people have been tested, of which 114,217 tested positive," the health ministry added.

NetherlandsConfirmed infections have risen by 1,140 to 31,589, Dutch health authorities have said.  The death toll increased by 142 to 3,601, the Dutch Institute for Public Health (RIVM) said in its daily update.

Switzerland: The death toll has reached 1,111 people, the country's public health agency said, rising from 1,059 a day earlier. The number of people showing positive tests for the disease increased to 27,404, the agency said, up from 27,078.

Spain's death toll has risen 565, down from a rise of 585 on Friday, the health ministry has said, bringing the total to 20,043 deaths. The number of overall coronavirus cases rose to 191,726 on Saturday from 188,068 on Friday, it added.

Turkey's Coronavirus Cases Overtake Iran, Highest in Middle East

A nurse cares for a coronavirus patient at the Medicana International Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 14. Umit Bektas/Reuters

Turkey's confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 82,329, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, overtaking neighbouring Iran for the first time to register the highest total in the Middle East.

An increase of 3,783 cases in the last 24 hours. Koca said 121 more people have died, taking the death toll to 1,890.

A total of 1,822 people have recovered from coronavirus so far, and the number of tests carried out over the past 24 hours came to 40,520, the minister said.

Canada Requires All Airlines Passengers to Wear Masks

A traveler wearing a protective mask sits at Toronto Pearson International Airport on April 8. Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Canada's transport agency has announced that all airline passengers would be required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering during travel to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Travelers will be asked to cover their mouth and nose at Canadian airport screening checkpoints, as well as when they cannot physically distance from others, when directed by airline employees, and when directed by public health officials, according to a release from Transport Canada.

Passengers who fail to show that they have a face covering during the boarding process will not be allowed to fly.

The measures go into effect on Monday.

UK war veteran who raised more than $29 million for health care workers honored at hospital opening

Captain Tom Moore completes the 100th length of his back garden in Marston Moretaine, England, on April 16. Vickie Flores/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

A 99-year-old British war veteran Tom Moore, who raised more than $29 million for the United Kingdom's National Health Service by walking 100 laps of his garden, has been invited as the guest of honor to preside over the opening of a new NHS Nightingale field hospital in northern England. 

Weve all been humbled by the gestures, large and small, by people across the country to show support to those working so hard to protect the NHS and to save lives none more so than Captain Tom Moore, who has raised an astonishing 23 million this week for NHS charities, UK Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said Saturday. 

Some background: Moore, who will turn 100 later this month, began a JustGiving fundraiser on April 8, initially hoping to raise 1,000 for NHS Charities Together, eventually he ended up raising 23 million

The World War II veteran completed the challenge on Thursday after walking 10 laps of his garden each day, aided by a walking frame.

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