Trump flags more durable coronavirus curbs for US: Live updates


The United States might toughen motion restrictions to curb the unfold of coronavirus, with the nation now reporting twice the variety of circumstances as China the place the outbreak started late final yr.

The US has nearly 163,500 confirmed circumstances, the very best quantity on the planet. More than 3,000 individuals within the US have now died from COVID-19.

In the hardest-hit nations in Europe, Italy reported the slowest each day rise in infections for 2 weeks, though the variety of useless rose by 812. In Spain, an extra 800 deaths had been reported. 


Around the world, greater than 784,000 individuals have been confirmed to have the virus, and nearly 165,000 have recovered. More than 37,500 individuals have died.

Here are the most recent updates.

Tuesday, March 31

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Australia thinks it could be slowing the speed of infections after implementing strict new measures on quarantine for abroad arrivals and social distancing.

More nations within the Asia Pacific are imposing distancing measures – Vietnam is due to take action on Wednesday, whereas Indonesia is banning abroad arrivals and transit passengers, and Japan is telling its residents to not travel to 73 nations and territories.

The World Health Organization within the Western Pacific is urging the area to not let down its guard on the virus and keep not solely bodily distancing however measures to determine, isolate and monitor contacts of these discovered to have the virus.

06:04 GMT – Number of coronavirus circumstances in Germany rises to 61,913

The variety of confirmed circumstances of the coronavirus in Germany has risen to 61,913 and 583 individuals have died of the illness, statistics from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious illnesses confirmed on Tuesday.

Cases rose by 4,615 in contrast with the day before today whereas the demise toll climbed by 128, the tally confirmed.

05:15 GMT – Japan containment beneath pressure, PM and deputy to keep away from joint conferences

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his deputy Taro Aso will cease attending conferences collectively to chop the chance of coronavirus, with an official warning the nation’s containment technique is stretched to the restrict.

Abe informed cupboard members on Tuesday that his second-in-command would now not be current at any assembly the prime minister attends, a authorities spokesman mentioned.

Japan has greater than 2,000 circumstances of coronavirus with 59 deaths, in response to nationwide broadcaster NHK.

“We’re just barely holding it together,” Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura informed reporters on Tuesday. “If we loosen our grip even a little, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a sudden surge (in cases).”

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Pedestrians sporting protecting face masks wait at Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo [Issei Kato/Reuters]

05:05 GMT – Indonesia closes door to abroad arrivals, transit by non-Indonesians

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi is to droop all arrivals and transit by non-Indonesians aside from foreigners with residence permits and a few diplomatic visits.

The rules are anticipated to be issued in a while Tuesday, she mentioned. Screening for Indonesians arriving from abroad can be anticipated to be stepped up.

05:00 GMT – Vietnam to implement social distancing from April 1

Vietnam is to introduce social distancing measures from Wednesday.

The restrictions will stay in place for 15 days.

04:55 GMT – More circumstances in Czech Republic, Thailand

The Czech Republic and Thailand have every simply reported an extra rise in circumstances, in response to Reuters.

The Czech Republic says it confirmed 184 new circumstances on March 30, bringing the overall to three,001. The central European nation has examined greater than 43,000 individuals for the virus and is ramping up the programme.

Thailand, in the meantime, reported 127 new circumstances and one demise. The nation now has 1,651 circumstances.

04:45 GMT – Bolsonaro’s ‘political calculation’ on coronavirus

Brazil’s right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, is putting the burden of tackling the coronavirus on the nation’s native administrations within the hope that he’ll profit, in response to Sao Paolo journalist Gustavo Ribeiro, who has simply been chatting with Al Jazeera.

“If the (locally imposed) measures work and the community can see some normality returning he will say ‘Look: I told you it was nothing’,” Ribeiro mentioned.

Sam Cowie has extra on Bolsonaro as he continues to defy worldwide tips on curbing the unfold of COVID-19. 

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President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to journalists in regards to the coronavirus pandemic on the Planalto Presidential Palace in Brasilia [Andre Borges/AP Photo]

04:30 GMT – Children in South Korea to begin subsequent college time period at home

Children in South Korea are because of return to highschool subsequent week, however will achieve this from home, like tens of millions of others around the globe.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun says plans are being finalised to implement distant studying, with on-line courses to begin at some faculties on April 9, earlier than increasing to different establishments.

04:00 GMT – Myanmar experiences first COVID-19 demise

Myanmar has reported its first demise from the coronavirus – a 69-year-old man who additionally had most cancers and died in a Yangon hospital.

The well being ministry says the person had sought medical remedy in Australia and stopped in Singapore on his approach home.

Myanmar has confirmed 14 circumstances of the virus, principally in individuals who have travelled abroad.

03:45 GMT – Australia optimistic measures starting to sluggish infections

Australia is optimistic that its strict measures on bodily distancing are serving to sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus, however is urging individuals towards complacency.

Health Minister Greg Hunt informed a televised media convention the nation had about 4,400 coronavirus circumstances, with the speed of development in new infections slowing from 25-30 p.c per week in the past to a median of 9 p.c over the previous three days.

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Beaches, together with Sydney’s Bondi, have been closed as Australia enforces robust distancing measures to curb the unfold of the coronavirus [James Gourley/EPA]

There had been “early promising signs of the curve flattening,” Hunt mentioned.

If you’re questioning why the WHO has now begun utilizing the time period bodily distancing quite than social distancing, Saba Aziz explains right here.

03:15 GMT – WHO in Western Pacific urges area to not ‘let down guard’ in COVID-19

The WHO workplace for the Western Pacific is holding a digital press convention on the outbreak within the area.

Regional Director Dr Takeshi Kasai famous that whereas the area – outdoors China – had but to see “large-scale community transmission” he burdened the struggle towards the virus was a “long-term battle” requiring sustained contact tracing, bodily distancing measures and the dedication of each single member of society.

“We cannot let down our guard,” he mentioned.

02:40 GMT – ‘Stay away’: Japan places 73 nations and territories off limits

Japan’s Foreign Ministry is urging residents to not travel to 73 nations and areas, together with the US, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The nation earlier introduced new dates for the virus-delayed Tokyo Olympics. The summer season video games at the moment are scheduled to begin on 23 July subsequent yr.

02:30 GMT – Spain to tighten motion restrictions from Tuesday

Spain is transferring to tighten a three-week lockdown to sluggish the unfold of the virus.

Healthcare employees account for about 14 p.c of all these confirmed with the virus, which Jose Hernandez, an educational on the University of Cordoba informed Al Jazeera “is arguably the most alarming news of all”.

Read extra of Alasdair Fortheringham’s report from Granada right here

02:10 GMT – Mexico publicizes well being emergency as circumstances climb previous 1,000

Mexico’s authorities has introduced a well being emergency after the variety of circumstances within the nation handed 1,000 and deaths elevated to 28.

All non-essential actions will probably be suspended till April 30, and the variety of individuals allowed to assemble restricted to 50.

Health authorities are additionally urging weak individuals and people over the age of 60 years outdated to watch stay-at-home suggestions.

01:30 GMT – First Catholic cardinal confirmed with COVID-19  

Cardinal Angelo De Donatis has been identified with the coronavirus, the primary cardinal recognized to have the illness.

De Donatis, who’s the vicar normal of the Diocese of Rome, has been admitted to hospital, in response to the Catholic News Agency.

The 66-year-old turned a cardinal in 2018.

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Pope Francis delivered a rare “Urbi et Orbi” (to the town and the world) blessing – usually given solely at Christmas and Easter – from an empty St. Peter’s Square on Friday. The cardinal liable for Rome has now been identified with COVID-19 [Yara Nardi/Pool via Reuters]

00:45 GMT – China experiences 48 new circumstances

China has simply launched its each day coronavirus replace, with 48 confirmed new circumstances.

The National Health Commission says all of the circumstances got here from abroad and there have been no new native infections.

China requires centralised quarantine for everybody arriving from abroad, and is sustaining strict distancing measures. State media is reminding people who these rules will probably be strictly enforced. 

00:30 GMT – Pentagon experiences first coronavirus demise of US soldier

The Pentagon has reported the primary demise of a US soldier from COVID-19.

The man was a New Jersey Army National Guardsman and had been in hospital since March 21.

Mark Esper, the US defence secretary, mentioned it was a “sad day” for the nation’s navy and a “stinging loss”.

00:00 GMT – Indonesia urged to launch ‘wrongfully held’ from overcrowded jails

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is urging Indonesia to launch all these held ‘wrongfully’ in its jails, together with all Papua political prisoners amid a rising danger of COVID-19 within the nation’s overcrowded prisons.

HRW’s Indonesia researcher Andreas Harsono says the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, which manages the jail system, also needs to take into account options to detention for these nearing the top of their sentences and other people jailed for minor offences similar to failing to pay a advantageous.

Harsono says there have been 270,000 individuals in jail as of March 23, greater than double the system’s capability. The trial of six West Papuan activists charged with treason can be persevering with with greater than 50 others on trial throughout the nation.

Read all of the updates from yesterday (March 30) right here.