UN requires world ceasefire to battle coronavirus: Live updates


UN chief Antonio Guterres renewed his name for a worldwide ceasefire, urging all events to battle to put down arms and permit war-torn nations to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

“The worst is yet to come,” Guterres mentioned on Friday, referring to nations comparable to Syria, Libya and Yemen. “The COVID-19 storm is now coming to all these theatres of conflict.”


His feedback got here after Spain introduced one other 932 coronavirus deaths as its whole toll nears 11,000 and continued to endure the second-most fatalities on the earth behind Italy.

The United States reported the best day by day demise toll of any nation to date at nearly 1,200. It now has greater than 6,000 fatalities because the contagion quickly spreads.

More than 1,041,000 folks have been identified with the virus globally, in line with the info from Johns Hopkins University. More than 221,000 folks have recovered from the illness, together with greater than 9,000 within the US.

Here are the most recent updates:

Friday, April 3

16:15 GMT – US anticipated to cowl hospital prices of uninsured sufferers

The Trump administration is anticipated to make use of coronavirus reduction funds to pay hospitals that deal with uninsured sufferers contaminated with the coronavirus so long as they don’t invoice them or subject sudden costs, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The plan could possibly be launched on Friday, the Journal mentioned.

16:00 GMT – US labour market sinks with 700,000 jobs misplaced in March

The financial system misplaced 701,000 jobs final month, the US division of Labor reported – abruptly ending 113 straight months of jobs creation as companies and factories closed store and folks locked all the way down to comprise the unfold of COVID-19. The unemployment price rose to 4.Four %.

Friday’s knowledge confirms the view of most economists that the US is already in a deep recession as containment measures convey total sectors of the financial system to a screeching halt, throwing tens of millions of Americans out of labor.

Read extra right here.

15:45 GMT – New York experiences deadliest day, makes plea for assist

New York suffered its deadliest single day from the coronavirus, recording 562 extra deaths throughout the state for a complete of two,935 fatalities, Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned.

Cuomo warned that individuals are “going to die in the near term” as a consequence of an absence of ventilators of hospital beds and known as for the US to deploy its assets to New York to assist it cope with the rising disaster.

EMT's transport patient into Bronx-Lebanon Hospital during outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Bronx borough of New York

Emergency Medical Technicians switch a affected person to a hospital within the Bronx borough of New York City [Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters]

15:31 GMT – Dow falls 200 factors as US jobs knowledge alerts recession

US shares opened decrease because the coronavirus introduced the longest US employment growth on report to an abrupt halt, and analysts warning of far worse carnage forward. 

Read about it right here.

15:30 GMT – Coronavirus toll in New York City exposes wider inequalities

Under regular circumstances, low-income residents of New York City face heightened dangers of financial dislocation, antagonistic well being outcomes and office risks.

But within the age of the coronavirus, pre-existing inequalities are exacerbated by a illness that claims lives from all walks of life, however takes a far greater toll on the much less prosperous.

Read extra right here.

14:30 GMT – ‘Worst but to return’ for nations in battle: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres renewed his name for a worldwide ceasefire, urging all events to battle to put down arms and permit war-torn nations to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

“The worst is yet to come,” Guterres mentioned, referring to nations with preventing like Syria, Libya and Yemen.

“The COVID-19 storm is now coming to all these theatres of conflict.”

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‘The COVID-19 storm is now coming to all these theatres of battle,’ UN chief Antonio Guterres mentioned in a reside briefing

14:05 GMT – Russia to halt flights bringing Russians home

Russia will droop all flights bringing Russians home from overseas from Friday night time, the Interfax information company cited sources as saying.

The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday mentioned 25,000 folks overseas had appealed for assist getting home, with many nonetheless stranded as measures to curb the unfold of coronavirus have restricted travel choices.

13:35 GMT – Israel seals off ultra-Orthodox city

Israel arrange roadblocks to shut off an ultra-Orthodox Jewish city badly affected by the coronavirus, however ordered in troopers to assist the residents.

Emergency rules accepted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cupboard late on Thursday declared Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, a “restricted zone” as a consequence of its excessive price of infections.

The new designation permits authorities to tighten curbs on public motion.

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox communities ‘ignoring’ COVID-19 rules

13:20 GMT – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth to handle nation

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will make a uncommon tackle to the nation on Sunday, Buckingham Palace mentioned.

“Her Majesty The Queen has recorded a special broadcast to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak,” Buckingham Palace mentioned.

The tackle, which was recorded at Windsor Castle the place the 93-year-old monarch is staying together with her husband Prince Philip, will likely be broadcast at 19:00 GMT on Sunday.

13:15 GMT – Deaths within the Netherlands rise to 1,487

The Netherlands confirmed 148 extra deaths linked to the coronavirus, bringing the whole to 1,487.

It reported 1,026 new coronavirus circumstances, growing the whole tally to 15,723 in line with the the day by day report from The National Institute for Health.


This is Mersiha Gadzo taking on the reside updates from my colleague Usaid Siddiqui.


12:59 GMT – Switzerland in delicate however secure situation on coronavirus – minister

Switzerland is in a fragile however secure scenario concerning the unfold of the brand new coronavirus, Health Minister Alain Berset mentioned on Friday because the nation’s demise toll continued to rise.

“Hospitalisations continue to go up but not all beds are taken,” Berset advised a information convention in Bern.
“We have not yet reached the peak for infections or for hospitalisations. Now more than ever we have to continue this marathon.”


12:47 GMT – Pandemic threatens meals in import-reliant states: WFP

The coronavirus pandemic threatens to trigger meals shortages for tons of of tens of millions of individuals, particularly in Africa, the United Nations warned.

In poorer nations that depend on exports to pay for meals imports, center class folks may find yourself needing meals assist to outlive the COVID-19 disaster, the World Food Programme mentioned.

“Generally we are used to dealing with a supply-side shock, like a drought, or a demand-side shock like a recession – but here it is both… and at a global level,” mentioned WFP chief economist Arif Husain.

12:19 GMT – Vendors return in Wuhan as China prepares virus memorial

Sidewalk distributors carrying face masks and gloves offered pork, tomatoes, carrots and different greens to buyers Friday within the Chinese metropolis the place the coronavirus pandemic started, as employees ready for a nationwide memorial this weekend for well being employees and others who died within the outbreak.

Authorities are easing controls that stored Wuhan’s 11 million folks at home for 2 months, however many retailers are nonetheless closed.

Wuhan awakens from two months of coronavirus isolation

11:59 GMT – Anguish as Sri Lanka forces Muslims to cremate COVID-19 victims

The pressured cremation of two COVID-19 contaminated Muslims in Sri Lanka has despatched shock waves among the many minority group, which accused the authorities of violating Islamic burial rites.

Bishrul Hafi Mohammed Joonus, a 73yrprevious man from the capital Colombo who died of COVID-19, was the second Muslim to have been cremated within the Indian Ocean island nation, which has registered 151 circumstances to date.

Read extra right here.

11:49 GMT – New 4,000-bed coronavirus area hospital opens in London

Prince Charles opened a brand new 4,000-bed short-term hospital in a convention centre in east London on Friday, the primary of a number of being inbuilt Britain to cope with the coronavirus outbreak.

The new state-run National Health Service (NHS) Hospital is called after the trailblazing 19th-century nurse Florence Nightingale and has been inbuilt simply 9 days.

Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son and inheritor formally launched the ability through videolink from Scotland, the place he has been in self-isolation after testing constructive for COVID-19.

11:37 GMT – UK peak of coronavirus outbreak could possibly be Easter Sunday, well being minister

The deadliest peak of Britain’s coronavirus outbreak could possibly be on Easter Sunday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock mentioned.

The British authorities’s worst case situation envisaged the COVID-19 demise toll of 50,000 if self-isolation was not absolutely adhered to, and the worst day for deaths was projected to be April 12.

When requested about experiences the demise price may peak on April 12, Hancock advised Sky News: “I defer to the scientists on the precise predictions, I’m not going to steer you away from that. That is one completely doable end result.

UK well being secretary pledges 100,000 coronavirus checks per day

11:20 GMT – Business booms for coffin-makers in coronavirus-hit France

While most companies have shut their doorways as a part of a lockdown, the coffin-making manufacturing facility within the sleepy city of Jussey in northeastern France can barely sustain with the orders.

France has confirmed nearly 60,000 circumstances of the coronavirus and as of Friday 5,387 deaths, the fourth highest tally on the earth.

“Given what’s happening, the pace of production is going up by 50 coffins a day,” mentioned Emmanuel Garret, supervisor on the OGF plant.

10:10 GMT – Iran’s coronavirus demise toll rises to three,294

Iran’s demise toll from the brand new coronavirus rose to three,294 because it claimed 134 lives up to now 24 hours, in line with Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpur.

The whole variety of folks confirmed to be contaminated is 53,183, he mentioned on state tv, including that 4,035 had been “under observation”, a time period which will imply they’re in a vital situation.

Of the whole variety of folks identified with the illness, 17,935 have recovered.

Emergency medical staff and nurses wearing protective suits, help while transferring a patient with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to Masih Daneshvari Hospital, in Tehran, Iran March 30, 2020. WANA (W

Iran is the nation most affected within the Middle East by the pandemic [Ali Khara/Reuters]

09:43 GMT – Spain coronavirus demise toll will increase by 932

More than 900 folks died in Spain over the previous 24 hours for the second day operating, authorities figures confirmed, though the speed of latest infections and deaths continued to gradual.

Spain has the world’s second-highest demise toll after Italy, with the virus to date claiming 10,935 lives – 932 up to now day – from 117,710 confirmed circumstances.

But well being ministry figures verify a constant downward development within the price of latest circumstances and fatalities. 


09:27 GMT – Saudi king orders $2.4bn coronavirus assist for residents – state information company

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the disbursement of as much as 9 billion riyals ($2.39bn) in monetary assist to greater than 1.2 million residents who work in non-public sector corporations affected by the financial fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported

09:05 GMT – Italy’s civil safety chief sees lockdown persevering with past May 1

Italy’s nationwide lockdown to attempt to comprise the unfold of coronavirus will most likely proceed past the beginning of May, Angelo Borrelli, the pinnacle of the Civil Protection Agency, mentioned.

This week the federal government prolonged the lockdown – which imposes extreme restrictions on motion and shutters all companies and corporations not deemed important to Italy’s provide chain – till April 13.

In a radio interview with state broadcaster RAI, Borrelli was requested whether or not the measures would want to stay in place for a lot of extra weeks.

“Unfortunately they will,” he replied. “I don’t believe this situation … will have passed by May 1, we have to be extremely rigorous.”

08:45 GMT – Israel seals off ultra-Orthodox city hit laborious by coronavirus

Israeli police threw up metallic barricades and roadblocks to implement a lockdown of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish city badly affected by the coronavirus.

Emergency rules accepted by the cupboard late on Thursday declared Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, a “restricted zone” as a consequence of its excessive price of infections. The new designation permits authorities to tighten curbs on public motion.

Police models, carrying surgical masks and gloves, moved swiftly early on Friday to cordon off main intersections across the city and implement the brand new rules.

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox communities ‘ignoring’ COVID-19 rules

08:35 GMT – Concerns after Mumbai’s Dharavi slum experiences COVID-19 circumstances

Authorities in Mumbai are involved over the doable unfold of the brand new coronavirus within the densely populated slum of Dharavi after a person with COVID-19 died and a physician and municipal company employee examined constructive.

The 56-year-old man who died on Wednesday night time was the primary to check constructive from the sprawling shanty city in India’s monetary hub.

Read extra right here.

08:25 GMT – Coronavirus outbreak to delay Romania’s June election – PM

Romania’s centrist minority authorities will almost actually postpone a June native election because the coronavirus outbreak dominated out the most effective situations for such an train, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban mentioned late on Thursday.

The European Union state, which has skilled 2,738 virus infections and 115 deaths, declared a state of emergency on March 16 and enforced a lockdown final week.

08:15 GMT – India COVID-19 lockdown means no meals or work for rural poor

As the variety of coronavirus circumstances in India climbs, imposing a lockdown on 1.Three billion folks was all the time going to be problem. 

Analysts say the motion restrictions will probably show economically devastating for India’s poor, many who reside in its huge rural areas.

Read extra right here.

First coronavirus demise in India’s largest slum

07:30 GMT – China advises international diplomats to cease coming to Beijing

China’s international ministry is advising international diplomats to cease coming to Beijing, after the nation briefly banned most foreigners from coming into to forestall a resurgence of the coronavirus epidemic, a spokeswoman mentioned.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying advised reporters throughout a day by day briefing that the ministry was conscious of confirmed coronavirus circumstances amongst international diplomats in China.

06:16 GMT – Saudi Arabia advances curfew in Three areas over coronavirus fears

Saudi Arabia has introduced ahead the beginning date of a 24-hour curfew to 3pm (12:00 GMT) on Friday in three areas, state information company SPA mentioned, citing a senior official of the inside ministry.

The measure within the metropolis of Dammam, and the governorates of Taif and al-Qatif, goals to rein within the virus, as the dominion has recorded 1,885 infections and 21 deaths, essentially the most amongst any of the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

This is Usaid Siddiqui in Doha taking on from my colleague Ted Regencia.

06:00 GMT – Australia: True infections could possibly be as excessive as 10 million

As many as 10 million folks globally might have been contaminated by the brand new coronavirus, Australia’s chief medical officer mentioned, with the under-reporting as a consequence of an absence of testing for the extremely contagious respiratory illness, in some nations.

“Worldwide we have passed one million infections. But we believe the true number is five or 10 times as much,” Brendan Murphy advised reporters.

Murphy mentioned the mortality charges fluctuate a lot all over the world that he believes many infections are going undetected.

The World Health Organization has known as on nations to considerably improve testing for the coronavirus, whereas some critics have additionally highlighted variations in how some nations depend coronvirus circumstances.

Australia: One million jobs misplaced over pandemic

05:30 GMT – India’s Modi seeks to bolster’s nation morale amid pandemic

To bolster morale and spirit, India’s prime minister has urged the nation’s 1.Three billion folks to modify off lights of their home for 9 minutes on Sunday night time and light-weight candles, lamps and even use cell torches standing of their balconies.

In a video message broadcast on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned the gesture would dispel the darkness created by the coronavirus and present that individuals are collectively of their battle in opposition to the pandemic.

He mentioned social distancing was the one method to break the chain of the coronavirus, which has to date claimed 53 lives in India with 1,860 constructive circumstances.

On Friday, he acknowledged the world’s largest shutdown had prompted hardship, leaving tens of millions of individuals jobless and forcing tens of 1000’s of migrants employees to flee to their villages for meals and shelter.

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Indians line as much as have their fingerprints taken on a biometric machine after buying meals rations on Thursday. [Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP]

04:35 GMT – South Korea: 27,000 folks beneath self-quarantine

South Korea says greater than 27,000 individuals are beneath a 14-day self-quarantine within the county after it strengthened border controls to gradual coronavirus infections linked to worldwide arrivals.

Park Jong-hyun, an official from the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, mentioned on Friday that 19,567 of these beneath self-quarantine have just lately returned from abroad whereas one other 7,499 had been remoted after contacting virus carriers.

There at the moment are greater than 10,000 confirmed circumstances in South Korea with no less than 174 deaths.

03:37 GMT – Kyrgyzstan experiences first coronavirus demise

A 61-year-old coronavirus sufferer has died in Kyrgyzstan, the federal government mentioned on Friday, the primary virus fatality within the central Asian nation, in line with Reuters information company.

The affected person, handled in a hospital within the southern province of Osh, had suffered from different severe illnesses, the authorities mentioned.

03:17 GMT – South Korea coronavirus circumstances hit 10,000

South Korea has reported 86 new circumstances of the coronavirus, bringing its caseload above 10,000, the Associated Press reported.

South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday mentioned about half of the brand new circumstances got here from the densely populous Seoul metropolitan space, the place infections linked to worldwide arrivals have been rising.

Another 22 infections had been detected at airports the place employees have been isolating and testing passengers arriving with fever or respiratory signs.

03:10 GMT – Singapore experiences fifth particular person has died from coronavirus

Singapore reported one other coronavirus-related demise on Friday, elevating the city-state’s whole fatalities from the illness to 5.

The newest demise was of an 86-year-old feminine Singapore citizen, the well being ministry mentioned in a press release.

The nation has reported 1,049 coronavirus circumstances in whole.

03:02 GMT – US state of Washington extends stay-at-home order till May 4 

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has prolonged orders to maintain non-essential companies closed and many of the state’s greater than seven million residents home by means of May 4, saying that social distancing measures should stay in place for an additional month to minimise the unfold of the coronavirus.

In latest days, Inslee had signalled that his preliminary stay-at-home orders from March 23, which had been set to run out subsequent week, could be prolonged.

02:43 GMT – Scientists, physician launch anti-coronavirus physique

A bunch of scientists, physicians, funders and policymakers from greater than 70 establishments in over 30 nations have launched a global coalition to reply to COVID-19 in resource-poor settings, The Lancet journal reported.

The COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition goals to speed up desperately wanted COVID-19 analysis in these areas the place the virus may wreak havoc on already-fragile well being methods and trigger the best well being influence on susceptible populations, the report mentioned.

The members of the coalition argue that worldwide analysis collaboration and coordination is required urgently to assist African, Latin American, Eastern European and sure Asian nations to reply successfully to the well being disaster.

02:30 GMT – US Navy relieves plane provider commander over coronavirus motion

The US Navy has relieved the commander of the plane provider USS Theodore Roosevelt, who wrote a scathing letter that was leaked to the general public asking for stronger measures to regulate a coronavirus outbreak on board his warship.

The elimination of Captain Brett Crozier from command of the 5,000-person vessel, which was first reported by Reuters, was introduced by appearing US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, who mentioned the commander exercised poor judgment.

The dismissal, two days after the commander’s letter was leaked, reveals how the coronavirus is difficult US establishments, even these accustomed to harmful and complicated missions just like the US navy.

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Captain Brett Crozier commanded the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which has 5,000 personnel. [File: Jim Gomez/AP]

02:18 GMT – How to speak to your kids about coronavirus

With most of the world’s folks confined to their houses amid efforts to curb the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic, households are discovering themselves spending extra time than ever collectively.

For many, that is an sudden alternative to attach with spouses, kids and siblings. But one query has come effervescent up: How ought to grownup caregivers be speaking about coronavirus to the kids of their lives?

Here are some useful suggestions. 

01:22 GMT – China experiences 3,322 coronavirus deaths

China’s well being fee reported on Friday 4 new coronavirus deaths, bringing the whole to three,322 as of the top of Thursday.

China additionally reported 60 new asymptomatic circumstances of the virus.

01:22 GMT – Iraq has confirmed 1000’s extra COVID-19 circumstances than reported, medics say

Iraq has 1000’s of confirmed COVID-19 circumstances, many instances greater than the 772 it’s has publicly reported, in line with three docs carefully concerned within the testing course of, a well being ministry official and a senior political official.

Three docs, who work in pharmaceutical groups serving to to check suspected COVID-19 circumstances in Baghdad, every mentioned that confirmed circumstances of the illness, based mostly on discussions amongst fellow medics who see day by day outcomes, had been between about 3,000 and 9,000, though they every gave completely different estimates.

The sources all spoke to Reuters information company on situation of anonymity. Iraqi authorities have instructed medical workers to not communicate to the media.

Iraq’s well being ministry, the one official outlet for info on the coronavirus, dismissed the sources’ studying of the unfold of the illness.

“It’s incorrect information,” mentioned Saif al-Badr, the well being ministry spokesman, in a textual content message despatched to Reuters.

The ministry mentioned in its newest day by day assertion on Thursday that the whole of recorded confirmed circumstances for Iraq was 772, with 54 deaths.

00:22 GMT – UN requires unity in opposition to ‘unprecedented’ coronavirus risk 

The UN General Assembly has unanimously accepted a decision recognising “the unprecedented effects” of the coronavirus pandemic and calling for “intensified international cooperation to contain, mitigate and defeat” the deady illness.

General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande despatched a letter to all UN member nations on Thursday night time informing them that there have been no objections to the decision, entitled Global Solidarity to Fight the Coronavirus Disease, sponsored by Ghana, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. He mentioned the decision was accepted and is in impact.

The decision additionally recognises the illness, often known as COVID-19, has resulted in “severe disruption to societies and economies, as well as to global travel and commerce, and the devastating impact on the livelihood of people” and that “the poorest and most vulnerable are the hardest hit”.

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A member of Hevra Kadisha, an organisation which prepares the our bodies of deceased Jews for burial in line with Jewish traditions, digs a grave within the coastal metropolis of Ashkelon, Israel. [Tsafrir Abayov/AP]

00:06 GMT – WHO urges Middle Eastern nations to behave shortly

Governments within the Middle East have to act shortly to restrict the unfold of the coronavirus after circumstances rose to nearly 60,000, almost double their stage of every week earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

“New cases have been reported in some of the most vulnerable countries with fragile health systems,” mentioned Ahmed al-Mandhari, the WHO’s director for the Eastern Mediterranean area, which incorporates Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Djibouti, in addition to Middle Eastern states.

“Even in countries with stronger heath systems, we have seen a worrying spike in the numbers of cases and deaths reported,” he mentioned in a press release.

“I cannot stress enough the urgency of the situation,” mentioned al-Mandhari. “The increasing numbers of cases show that transmission is rapidly occurring at local and community levels.”

“We still have a window of opportunity, but this window is slowly closing day by day,” he added.

23:20 GMT Thursday – Trump to Iran: If they need assist, we are going to give them assist 

President Donald Trump has mentioned if Iran requests assist from his administration in coping with the coronavirus emergency, he could be keen to conform.

“They have a very big case of virus. A very, very big case. One of the worst on earth if you believe what you’re reading and I happen to believe what I see and what I know. If they want help, we will give them help.”

Earlier, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, former Vice President Joseph Biden mentioned he supported the lifting of sanctions in opposition to Iran because the nation offers with the lethal illness.

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

Read all of the updates from yesterday (April 2) right here