UN chief says coronavirus ‘worst disaster’ since WWII: Live updates


The United Nations chief has warned the coronavirus pandemic presents the world with its “worst crisis” since World War II, with the variety of lifeless within the United States now larger than in China and hard-hit international locations in Europe reporting their highest variety of deaths in a single day.

The US introduced some 800 deaths on Tuesday – bringing the overall to greater than 3,700. It additionally has essentially the most confirmed instances. China has reported 3,282 deaths from COVID-19, the illness attributable to the virus. 

Spain, the United Kingdom, France and Italy every reported their largest single-day enhance in deaths because the begin of the pandemic. Some 12,428 folks have died from the illness in Italy, the world’s most critically affected nation.


Around the world, nearly 857,000 folks have been identified with the virus and at the very least 178,000 have recovered, based on Johns Hopkins University. More than 42,000 folks have died.

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

Here are the newest updates.

Wednesday, April 1 

02:40 GMT – Taiwan asks folks to put on masks when utilizing public transport

Everyone utilizing public transport in Taiwan might want to put on masks from immediately whereas folks with fevers is not going to be allowed into stations or airports.

Taiwan has been extensively praised for its efforts to curb the virus’ unfold on the island. Al Jazeera’s Erin Hale wrote earlier on Taiwan’s approach in addition to the difficulties it faces due to its exclusion from the WHO

02:20 GMT – US medical stockpile nearly out of protecting gear

The US authorities’s emergency stockpile of medical gear is nearly run out of protecting gear.

Masks, respirators, gloves, robes and face shields are all in brief provide, two officers on the Department of Homeland Security informed Reuters.

02:15 GMT – China knowledge delayed; asymptomatic instances to be reported

China’s National Health Commission has but to launch its every day replace on coronavirus instances, with asymptomatic instances anticipated to be added to the tally.

We’ll carry you the numbers as soon as they’re introduced.

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People queue to enter a grocery store in Wuhan as life slowly returns to regular [Aly Song/Reuters]

02:00 GMT – Two employees at abroad missions die in US State Dept’s first coronavirus deaths 

Two locally-employed employees at US international missions – one in Indonesia and one within the Democratic Republic of Congo – have died of the coronavirus, the State Department mentioned on Tuesday, its first pandemic-related losses amongst employees.

01:35 GMT – Hong Kong says pet cat exams constructive for coronavirus

Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has revealed {that a} cat has examined constructive for the coronavirus – the third pet to take action within the territory.

The short-haired cat was despatched for quarantine when its proprietor examined constructive for COVID-19. The animal doesn’t have any sisgns, the division mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday. 

Earlier two canines examined weak constructive or constructive throughout repeated exams for the virus.
Hong Kong is urging that pet cats, canines and different mammals must be quarantined if anybody within the family is confirmed with COVID-19.

00:30 GMT – ‘The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America’

US President Donald Trump has simply shared on Twitter his ‘Coronavirus Guidelines for America’ after warning the nation confronted a “very painful” two weeks because it confronts the virus.

The suggestions advise the aged and people with underlying well being situations to remain at home and urge these feeling sick to remain at home and search medical consideration.

20:50 GMT Tuesday – UN chief: ‘COVID-19 worst disaster since WWII’

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned the coronavirus pandemic is essentially the most severe disaster dealing with the world since World War II, threatening folks in each nation and carrying the chance of “enhanced instability, enhanced unrest, and enhanced conflict.”

The UN chief was talking on the launch of a report on the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19.

Read all of the updates from yesterday (March 31) right here.

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