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Covid-19: Update on latest developments across the globe


In some developments across the world:

  • The commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt has been removed after saying the US Navy was not doing enough to halt a coronavirus outbreak on board the aircraft carrier
  • The Zaandam cruise ship, with dozens of ill passengers on board, docked in Florida after several South American countries refused to accept it
  • New York mayor Bill de Blasio urged all of the city’s residents to cover their faces when outside and near others, with a scarf or bandana, rather than a surgical mask, as medics need the latter
  • The World Bank approved a plan to disburse $160bn (£130bn) in emergency aid over 15 months to help countries stricken by the pandemic
  • The French authorities have boosted police checks to prevent anyone trying to go on holiday this weekend ahead of Easter
  • UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the aim was 100,000 tests a day in England by the end of April amid criticism of the government’s plans
  • A 4,000-bed emergency field hospital at London’s ExCel centre is due to open later

In other developments:

  • Russia’s President Putin has extended the period for Russians to stay away from work to the end of April
  • Belgium’s death toll has passed 1,000
  • In Iran more than 3,100 deaths have been officially confirmed
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government needed to “massively ramp up” testing amid growing criticism over its response
  • Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte warned people they could be shot dead if they caused trouble over restrictions, saying the police and the military had the authority to shoot if their lives were in danger
  • In China, the city of Shenzhen has banned the eating of cats and dogs following the outbreak
  • Dharavi, a huge slum in India’s financial capital, Mumbai, has reported its first death linked to the coronavirus. More than a million people live in extremely overcrowded conditions in Dharavi, believed to be the biggest slum in Asia
  • Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised the largest economic programme in the country’s history
  • More than 10,000 lives lost in Spain to Coronavirus
  • Confirmed Coronavirus global cases pass one million

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