Trumps flags harder coronavirus curbs for US: Live updates

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The United States would possibly 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 12 months.

US President Donald Trump informed the media that tips on social distancing – encouraging folks to not collect in teams of greater than 10 and keep away from eating out – would stay in drive till the top of April, and stated they could possibly be “toughened a bit”. 

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

In the hard-hit nations of Europe, Italy reported the slowest every day rise in infections for 2 weeks, though the variety of useless rose by 812. In Spain, a further 800 deaths have been reported. 

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

I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur with Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are the most recent updates.

Tuesday, March 31

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 – exterior China – had but to see “large scale community transmission” he harassed the battle in opposition to 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 stated.

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 12 months.

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

Spain is shifting to tighten a three-week lockdown to gradual the unfold of the virus.

Healthcare employees account for about 14 p.c of all these confirmed with the virus, which Jose Hernandez, a tutorial 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 proclaims 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 likely be suspended till April 30, and the variety of folks allowed to collect restricted to 50.

Health authorities are additionally urging susceptible folks 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 identified to have the illness.

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

The 66-year-old grew to become a cardinal in 2018.

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

00:45 GMT – China reviews 48 new circumstances

China has simply launched its every 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 likely be strictly enforced. 

00:30 GMT – Pentagon reviews first coronavirus dying of US soldier

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

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

Defense Secretary Mike Esper stated it was a “sad day” for the nation’s army 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, must also take into account alternate options to detention for these nearing the top of their sentences and folks jailed for minor offences similar to failing to pay a effective.

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

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