World News in Brief: April 10

Friday, 2020-04-10 14:47:05
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Police officers inspect vehicles and passengers to enter the Jakarta area at territorial border during large scale social restriction in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 10, 2020. On fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has taken aggressive steps to respond to the rapid spread of the virus. Among the steps are the policies to apply the national emergency status across the country, a large scale social restriction in the country's capital of Jakarta which started on April 10, and a physical distancing measure. (Photo: Xinhua)
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday (April 9) called for unity of the Security Council over the COVID-19 pandemic. To prevail against the pandemic, the world will need to work together. That means heightened solidarity, and it means having the necessary resources, said Guterres.

* The Chinese mainland reported 38 new imported COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,141, the National Health Commission said Friday (April 10). The mainland also reported 3 new suspected cases Thursday, all imported cases.

* A total of 462,135 COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States as of 9 p.m. EST on Thursday (0100 GMT on Friday) with a death toll of 16,513, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The number of daily deaths in New York state broke record for the third straight day, with 799 people passing away from the pandemic on Wednesday.

* Eurogroup finance ministers Thursday night sealed a financial package worth half a trillion euros to help the 27-nation Eurozone tackle the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, but put aside proposals by some countries like France and Italy to borrow common debt, or Eurobonds.

* Cambodia's parliament passed a law on Friday to prepare the way for a state of emergency, which Prime Minister Hun Sen has said he might have to declare to reinforce the campaign against the coronavirus. Cambodia reported one new coronavirus case on Friday, taking its confirmed tally to 119, the health ministry said.

* Thailand reported 50 new coronavirus cases and the death of a 43-year-old woman on Friday. Since the outbreak escalated in January, Thailand has reported a total of 2,473 cases and 33 fatalities, while 1,013 patients have recovered and gone home.

* The World Bank said on Friday that its Board of Executive Directors had approved US$500 million policy loan to help strengthen the Philippine government's capacity to address disaster risks, respond to and recover from natural disasters. According to a World Bank statement, the financing will also support urgent needs created by the COVID-19 crisis.

* Five more confirmed infection cases of the COVID-19 were reported in Myanmar, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 27, a release from the Health and Sports Ministry said on Friday.

* The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies led by Russia, known as OPEC+, reached on Thursday a tentative agreement to cut production to stop a market free-fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, pending the consent of Mexico. The participating countries, except Mexico, of the emergency online meeting agreed to cut their overall production by 10 million barrels per day (b/d) for two months starting from May 1, according to a statement published on the OPEC website in the early hours of Friday.

* India's death toll due to COVID-19 in India rose to 199 and the total number of confirmed cases has reached 6,412, according to the federal health ministry on Friday morning.

* Russia reported 1,786 more coronavirus cases on Friday, its largest daily rise so far, which took the national tally of confirmed infections to 11,917. The number of coronavirus-related deaths rose by 18 to 94, the Russian coronavirus crisis response center said in a statement.

* The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Germany rose by 5,323 in the past 24 hours to 113,525 on Friday, climbing for a fourth straight day after four previous days of declines, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed. The reported death toll rose by 266 to 2,373.

* Australian authorities have reiterated the importance of social distancing rules as the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country continues to slow. There had been 6,152 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia as of Friday morning, an increase of 1.6 percent from 6,052 on Thursday morning. Among the cases, 52 have died from COVID-19.

* A second person has died of COVID-19 in New Zealand, the country's Ministry of Health said on Friday. New Zealand reported 23 new confirmed and 21 new probable cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed and probable infections to 1,283 in the country.

* Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Thursday that only after the discovery of a vaccine for COVID-19 will his country return to "full normality." Sanchez made his remarks in the lower house of the Spanish parliament during a debate on the extension of a state of emergency by another two weeks until April 26.

* The number of German companies applying for short-time work as a result of the coronavirus crisis climbed to around 650,000 by April 6, according to a special evaluation published by the German Employment Agency (BA) on Thursday. Within ten days, the number of applications had gone up almost 40 percent and "continued to grow dynamically," according to BA.

* The decrease in the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Belgium has been observed again in the past day, the public health institute Sciensano said Thursday. This downward trend was confirmed with the results of the last 24 hours, when 459 new COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospital while 483 cured people discharged. To date, the Sciensano Institute has reported a total of 24,983 cases and 2,523 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

* People in Poland will be obliged to cover their nose and mouth in public, starting on April 16, in order to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, Polish Minister of Health Lukasz Szumowski said on Thursday. Poland reported 5,575 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 174 deaths as of Thursday.

* Hungary's confirmed coronavirus cases have increased by 210 to 1,190, the single largest daily increase since the outbreak of the virus, government data showed on Friday.

* The Afghan Ministry of Public Health on Friday reported 37 more COVID-19 cases in 12 of the country's 34 provinces, bringing the national total to 521 cases.

* Brazil has forecast a record grains harvest of 251.8 million tons in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the state-run National Supply Company (Conab) said on Thursday.

* The curfew in Honduras will be extended until April 19 as the country ramps up efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus, police said Thursday. The number of coronavirus cases in Honduras currently stands at 343 with 23 deaths, official figures show.

* Turkey on Thursday reported 4,056 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 96 new deaths due to the infection. The total number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in Turkey climbed to 42,282, while the death toll has reached 908, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted.

* Latvia has concluded an agreement with the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) to receive a ten-year loan of EUR500 million, which the government intends to use to offset the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, local media reported Thursday.

* Russia launched on Thursday a manned spacecraft with three astronauts onboard which will dock to the International Space Station (ISS) later in the day. The mission of the new crew is expected to last 196 days, during which astronauts will maintain the station's operability, work on its re-equipping, conduct experiments, and unload manned and cargo ships, Roscosmos said.

* The death toll from COVID-19 in Ukraine rose to 57 on Thursday, as the total cases reached 1,892, the country's health ministry said. Deputy Health Minister Viktor Liashko said COVID-19 infections in the country may peak on April 14.

* The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria has topped 611, head of the national coronavirus task force Major-General Ventsislav Mutafchiyski said here on Thursday. The death toll is 24 with an average age of 65.2 years.

* The number of novel coronavirus cases in Israel has risen to 10,095, the Israeli Ministry of Health said Friday. The death toll of COVID-19 has reached 92 in Israel, said the ministry.

* The Saudi-backed Yemeni government declared on Friday the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the country's eastern province of Hadramout.

* The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday announced 331 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 2,990.

* Iran announced 117 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, raising the total fatalities to 4,110, while the total number of confirmed cases surged to 66,220, up by 1,634 from a day ago.

* More than 200 illegal immigrants were rescued off the Libyan coast on Thursday, said the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

* South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday announced that the country's lockdown aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 would be extended for another two weeks. South Africa has been under a 21-day lockdown for two weeks already. The president said since the lockdown came into effect, the rate at which new cases have been identified here in South Africa has slowed significantly, from 1,170 on March 27 to 1,934 on April 9.

* Morocco confirmed on Thursday 99 more cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of the infected cases in the North African country to 1,374. The death toll from the novel coronavirus reached 97, while the number of cured cases stood at 109, the Health Ministry said.

* South Sudan on Thursday revealed plans to roll out distance-learning programs on the radio for children out of school due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). South Sudan has so far reported three cases who have tested positive for COVID-19 since last week.

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