COVID-19: UK PM in Intensive Care; China '0' New Deaths, Japan..

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Japan will declare state of emergency

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a parliamentary session on April 2 in Tokyo. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will declare a state of emergency on Tuesday, lasting for approximately one month, he announced Monday.

Abe will hold a press conference on Tuesday to further explain the declaration. 

A different tactic: Abe says Japans state of emergency will differ from Western countries, adding that "basic economic activity" will continue, giving examples including public transportation and supermarkets.

The Prime Ministers advisory committee recommended that a state of emergency be declared for seven Japanese prefectures, including the Japanese capital of Tokyo and its second largest city Osaka. The full list of prefectures affected is: Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka.

Meanwhile, Abe pledged on Monday to roll out an unprecedented economic stimulus package, equal to 20% of economic output. The package, to be confirmed by the cabinet on Tuesday, will total 108 trillion yen ($989 billion), far exceeding one compiled in the wake of the 2009 financial crisis totaling 56 trillion yen in size. 

British PM Boris Johnson moved to intensive care

The front door of 10 Downing Street is pictured in London on April 6, after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent the night in hospital. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care as he battles coronavirus, according to a statement from his office. 

"Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St. Thomas' hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus," the statement said. 

"Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital." 

The statement added that Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Domenic Raab, the first secretary of state, to deputize for him "when necessary."

President Trump opened his daily Coronavirus Task Force briefing by saying he was saddened to hear the news about Johnson, adding that "Americans are all praying for his recovery."

A Rush of Local News

No New Death for First Time:

A total of 32 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all from abroad, and 30 asymptomatic cases were reported on the Chinese mainland on Monday, according to China's National Health Commission (NHC). No new death was reported for the first time since the NHC started publishing daily updates on the coronavirus in January. 

Shanghai to test all inbound travelers before Mar 31:

Shanghai will conduct  #COVID19 nucleic acid tests from Tue on all inbound travelers who arrived in the city before Mar 31 and are currently in centralized isolation. It previously mandated 100% nucleic acid tests for all inbound passengers since Mar 31.

Jack Ma Donates 500 Ventilators to 54 African Countries:

Jack Ma, cofounder of tech powerhouse Alibaba, donated 500 ventilators, 200,000 suits and face shields, 2,000 thermometers, one million swabs and extraction kits and 500,000 gloves to all 54 African countries, he said on Twitter.

China has 3,000 inbound travelers per day:

Number of inbound travelers to China through airports fell from 25,000 to less than 3,000 per day after China tightened flight regulations due to #COVID19: CAAC. As of Sunday, the total number of inbound intl flights in 8 days was 112, with 21,000 passengers entering China.

Chartered flights brining Chinese nationals back home: 

Chinas civil aviation has arranged a total of 11 chartered flights, from Mar 4 to Apr 3, to bring back 1,827 Chinese nationals from Iran, Italy, and the UK, most of whom are Chinese students, Chinas civil aviation authority said Tue.

A Rush of News

Colombian President Ivn Duque announced that he will extend the nationwide isolation order until April 26. 

Chile has announced the mandatory use of face masks for all travelers riding public and private transportation to combat the spread of coronavirus. the measure will go in effect on Wednesday, April 8 at 5 a.m. local time. 

Nissan spokeswoman Lloryn Love-Carter confirmed the company will lay off about 10,000 employees Tuesday at plants in Canton, Mississippi; Smyrna, Tennessee and Decherd, Tennessee.

Saudi Arabia extended the duration of daily curfews in four governorates and five cities, including the capital, to 24 hours. The regions affected are: Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Hofuf ciies and the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar.

Romania's government will extend its state of emergency by another 30 days after the current period ending next week.

Thailand has extended a ban on all passenger flights from landing in the country until April 18.

Austria plans to reopen smaller shops from next week in its first step to loosen a lockdown.

The Czech Republic has reported its lowest daily percentage rise in confirmed coronavirus cases, as the country entered its fourth week of restrictions on business and movement.

Apple is designing and producing face shields for medical workers, CEO Tim Cook said in a video on Sunday. The company is aiming to produce 1 million face shields per week.

U.K. passenger car sales in March fell 44% compared with the same month last year to 254,684 units, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said on Monday. 

New York raises maximum fine for violating social distancing rules; the maximum fine for violating social distancing rules is now at $1,000.  "It's not about your life, you don't have the right to risk someone else's life," the governor said.

People flock to Hudson River Park despite government orders to socially distance and stay at home in New York City amid Coronavirus pandemic on April 5, 2020. John Nacion | NurPhoto | Getty Images

US State, Louisiana, newborn girl reportedly died with COVID-19 day after she was born; It was not immediately clear if the mother was also diagnosed with COVID-19, but mothers have previously transferred the disease to their newborns.

Washington State Governor announced that the state will keep schools closed through the end of the school year.

Starbucks stores in the US will require all employees to wear facial coverings, beginning Tuesday. The company has provided a tutorial on how to make a face mask for baristas who do not have their own, using supplies available in stores.

President Donald Trump said that the White House and 3M reached a very amicable agreement that will bring more than 55 million masks to the U.S. each month, following a public dispute between the manufacturing giant and the president.

Fiat Chrysler is extending shutdowns of its U.S. and Canadian auto plants due to the coronavirus until May 4.

Airbus is halting production of narrow-body planes at its factory in Mobile, Ala., facilities just months ago it was hoping to ramp up to meet strong demand. The pause will last from this week until April 29. 

Boeing is also halting production and assembly in Bremen and Stade facilities, until April 27 and April 11, respectively.

Israeli Prime Minister said a national lockdown would begin on Tuesday and end on Friday.

CanadaThe premier of Ontario, the Country's largest province, said the United States had blocked the delivery of three million face masks designed to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.

The 2020 Masters Tournament has been provisionally rescheduled for November 12-15, Augusta National Golf Club has said.

The United States Golf Association has announced that the 120th US Open will now tee off in September rather than its original date in June.

Cote d'Ivoire's Minister of Defense Hamed Bakayoko has tested positive for COVID-19. The minister made the announcement on Monday, saying he was in isolation although he had not exhibited symptoms of the disease.

Countries Confirming First Case/death

Benin record its first death on Sunday, the patient was a 43-year-old woman who had been suffering from sickle cell disease. The woman returned to the West African country from a COVID-19-affected country and had spent several days in a private clinic in Cotonou, the economic capital of the coun

Sao Tome and Principe confirms first four COVID-19 cases.  The Prime Minister, Jorge Bom Jesus, has announced that there are four cases of COVID-19 in his country.

The only coronavirus-free African nations are now Comoros and Lesotho.

Hard-Hit Countries

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. 

The US now has more than 367,000 cases:

The United States now has at least 367,507 cases of the coronavirus and 10,908 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Some 29,887 new cases and 1,265 deaths were reported on Monday alone, according to JHU. The total includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as all repatriated cases. Wyoming is the only state not yet reporting a death from coronavirus.

Italy New Cases Lowest Since March 17: 

Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy rose by 636, more than 100 higher than the previous daily tally of 525, the Civil Protection Agency said, but the number of new cases fell sharply. The total number of confirmed cases increased by 3,599 to 132,547, the lowest daily rise since March 17,

Spain reports 637 new deaths, continuing downward trend:

Spain has reported 4,273 new cases of the coronavirus with 637 new deaths, the fourth day the daily total for both tallies has declined from the previous day. The total deaths from COVID-19 in the hard-hit country, which has the second-most cases in the world to date, now stands at 13,055 among 135,032 reported infections.

Germany New Cases, Continue to decline:

The number of new coronavirus infections in Germany has declined for the fourth consecutive day, according to The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany's national health institute. RKI reported 3,677 confirmed cases on Monday, less than the 5,936 reported Sunday. 

France deaths increased by 10 percent:

The number of people who died from coronavirus infections in French hospitals increased by 10 percent in the past day to a cumulative total of 6,494, Health minister Olivier Veran told a news conference. He added that including partial data about the number of people who have died in nursing homes, the total death toll from the disease rose to 8,911 from 8,078 on Sunday, which is also an increase of 10 percent. In both cases, the rate of increase sped up again after several days of slowing.

2,274 New cases were reported in Iran: 

Iran also reported 136 new coronavirus deaths, bringing the death toll to 3,739, according to local health authorities. So far, 24,236 patients have recovered from the disease in the country.

Germany Plans to End Lockdown After April 19

Germany has drawn up a list of measures, including an obligation to wear masks in public, limits on public gatherings and the rapid tracing of infection chains, that officials think should allow life to return to normal after lockdown's scheduled end on April 19.

The proposals, contained in a draft action plan compiled by the Interior Ministry document and seen by Reuters news agency on Monday, say the measures should be sufficient to keep the number of people infected by each person below 1 even as public life is allowed gradually to resume.  

Pregnant women with coronavirus dont experience more severe illness than the general population, unlike in SARS and flu cases, study finds

The small study was published Monday in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and looked at data from 43 pregnant women in New York who tested positive for Covid-19 over two weeks between March 13 and 27.

Thirty-seven of the women in the study experienced a mild form of Covid-19, four developed a severe form of the disease and two experienced what researchers called critical disease. The percentages are similar to the breakdown of severity in disease in the general population. About 80% experience mild disease, 15% develop severe cases and 5% result in critical cases.

Scientists were interested in the impact of the disease on pregnant women because in prior SARS and H1N1 pandemics, pregnant women were more susceptible to serious forms of the illness and had a greater chance of dying from the infection than the general population.

None of the babies in this study seemed to be infected, based on tests performed on them on the first day of their lives.

France heading for worst recession since World War II

France is likely to see its deepest recession since the end of World War II this year because of the coronavirus crisis, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned on Monday.

"The worst growth figure in France since 1945 was -2.2 percent in 2009, after the financial crisis of 2008. We will probably be very far beyond -2.2 percent this year," Le Maire said.

The government estimated last month in an emergency budget update that the economy would contract one percent this year, but has since indicated that it would have to revise that figure.

France imposed a nationwide stay-at-home order from March 17 after shuttering all non-essential businesses. Officials have said the lockdown will last until at least April 15.

A loss of taste and smell may be the best way to tell if you have coronavirus, new study shows 

If tests are not available, a loss of taste and smell could be the best way to detect whether someone has contracted the coronavirus, according to U.K. researchers.

A research team at Kings College London assessed the responses of more than 400,000 people reporting one or more suspected symptoms of COVID-19 to an app.

The data analyzed showed that 59% of those who tested positive for the virus reported a loss of smell and taste, compared with only 18% of who tested negative for the disease. These results, the researchers said, were much stronger in predicting positive COVID-19 diagnoses than a self-reported fever.

This appears to indicate that a loss of smell and taste should be added to the list of common coronavirus symptoms. Until now, health authorities like the WHO have said a fever, dry cough and fatigue are the symptoms to watch out for.

The Worlds 10 Richest Billionaires Lose $38 Billion

Following a week of steep market losses amid mounting coronavirus fears, the world's 10 richest people lost a combined $37.7 billion on Monday, as the S&P 500 and Dow Jones each sunk nearly 8%. Nine of the 10 billionaires took a multi-billion dollar hit on a day market pundits and social media users quickly dubbed "Black Monday," in reference to the infamous stock market crash of October 1987. 

The only billionaire fortune in the top ranks that held steady belonged to Michael Bloombergbut thats because his wealth is tied up in Bloomberg LP, a privately held company that doesnt trade on the market. 

1. Jeff Bezos, Amazon, United States. Down $5.6 billion

2. Bill Gates, Microsoft, United States. Down $3.8 billion

3. Bernard Arnault & family, LVMH, France. Down $6.0 billion

4. Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, United States. Down 

$5.4 billion

5. Amancio Ortega, Zara, Spain Down $2.8 billion

6. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, United States. Down $4.2 billion

7. Larry Ellison, Oracle, United States. Down $1.8 billion

8. Carlos Slim Helu & family, Grupo Carso, Mexico. Down $4.8 billion

9. Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg LP, United States. Flat

10. Larry Page, Google, United States. Down $3.3 billion

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