Brazil’s president fires health minister; IMF predicts zero economic growth in Latin America and Caribbean; UK extends lockdown by three weeks
Global coronavirus cases pass 2.1 million. The total number of coronavirus cases across the world has reached at least 2,158,250, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of cases of coronavirus registered globally passed 1.5 million on 9 April. Deaths have passed 144,000.
German health minister says pandemic’s spread has become “controllable”. He was speaking as the reproduction number of the Covid-19 virus sank to a new low in the country.
Spain’s overnight death toll from coronavirus meanwhile rose to 585 on Friday, up from 551 on Thursday but still far off figures of more than 900 registered during the peak of the outbreak in early April. Its number of overall coronavirus cases rose to 188,068 on Friday from 182,816 on Thursday, a 2.9% increase.
Jair Bolsonaro accused of leading Brazilians “to the slaughterhouse”. The country’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva accused the incumbent of criminally irresponsible handling of coronavirus as Brazil’s Covid-19 death toll hit 1,924.
Indonesia becomes south-east Asian country with most infections. The state reported 407 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to 5,923 and surpassing the Philippines as the country with the highest number of infections in south-east Asia.
World’s biggest trial of Covid-19 drugs starts in UK. The Recovery trial has recruited more than 5,000 patients in 165 NHS hospitals around the UK in a month, ahead of similar trials in the US and Europe, which have a few hundred.
Wuhan death toll revised up 50%. Wuhan’s prevention and control taskforce has revised the death toll in Wuhan upwards by 50%, from 2,579 to 3,869. The updated figure comes after weeks of scepticism about the reported death toll, as other countries have seen fatalities reach more than 10,000.
China’s GDP shrinks 6.8% in March quarter. China has reported its first ever quarterly contraction at 6.8%, its slowest pace on record. China’s economy has not recorded a contraction since 1992 when the country began publishing quarterly GDP data. In 2019, China had already posted its slowest growth in almost 30 years.
Donald Trump has issued , with three phases each dependent on states meeting certain criteria. The US president says states who meet phase 1 criteria can reopen tomorrow (on Friday), and that 29 states will reopen “relatively soon”.
UN warns pandemic is turning into a ‘child-rights crisis’. The social and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is potentially catastrophic for millions of children, according to a UN report launched Thursday. It said Covid-19 was turning into a broader child-rights crisis.
Japan declares nationwide state of emergency.
Japan has expanded its state of emergency to cover the entire country. A third Japanese cabinet official has also tested positive for the virus.