Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
* Cambodia’s Ministry of Health (MoH) said on Saturday that four more persons tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of the confirmed cases in the kingdom to 102.
* Singapore’s Ministry of Health said it had confirmed 49 new COVID-19 cases as of 12:00 p.m. Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the city state to 732.
* Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health reported one more COVID-19 death and 91 new patients on Friday, raising the total number of cases in the country to 1,136. The death toll in Thailand now stands at five.
* Brunei reported the first death case from COVID-19 in the country, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday. A new case was confirmed on Friday in Brunei, bringing the national COVID-19 tally to 115.
* US President Donald Trump on Friday signed a 2-trillion-dollar stimulus bill, the largest stimulus package in US history, in an attempt to rescue the economy devastated by COVID-19. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States has topped 104,686 as of Friday night, including 1,707 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
* The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in France has risen by 13 percent within a day to reach a total of 32,964 as of Friday, the 11th day of national lockdown imposed to contain the outbreak, Health General Director Jerome Salomon said. A total of 1,995 people had died, an increase of 299 from Thursday, Salomon added in an update.
* The coronavirus pandemic in Italy might reach its peak soon, the country’s top health authorities said on Friday. The cumulative number of confirmed cases was 80,539, with an increase in new active infections of 4,492 cases on Thursday against the previous day. Such daily increase has pushed the nationwide number of active infections to 62,013.
* The Netherlands reported 112 COVID-19 deaths from Thursday to Friday, the first time its single-day fatalities topped 100, according to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The total number of patients that died from COVID-19 in the Netherlands rose to 546 and the tally of reported infections increased by 1,172 to 8,603 on Friday.
* As of 5 p.m. (1700GMT) on Thursday, 759 patients in Britain who tested positive for the novel coronavirus have died, the Department of Health and Social Care said Friday. As of 9 a.m. (0900GMT) on Friday, a total of 14,579 people were confirmed positive for the virus, an increase of 2,921 over yesterday’s official figures, said the department.
* The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Germany increased by 5,780 within one day to 42,288, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Friday. The death toll from the novel coronavirus increased from 198 to 253, according to RKI, the federal government agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention.
*Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday announced an increase, from 10 percent to 75 percent, in the wage subsidy for small and medium-sized businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. As of 1 p.m. Canada Eastern Time Friday, there were 4,198 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 43 deaths in the country.
* Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said Friday he has signed an order to close hotels and resorts in the country, as COVID-19 cases there have topped 1,000.
*Japan’s health ministry and local governments said Saturday that more than 60 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed in Tokyo, logging the highest rise per day. The total number of infections in Japan has now risen to 1,585 cases, according to the latest figures. The death toll in Japan from the pneumonia-causing virus currently stands at a total of 63 people, including 10 from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship.
* Maldives has reported its first case of a local citizen testing positive for COVID-19, local media quoted the Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen as reporting on Saturday. The new case has brought Maldives’ total number of confirmed cases up to 14. This is the first confirmed case of a Maldivian citizen in Maldives being infected with the virus, as all previous cases were of foreign citizens.
* The 14th person has died in Australia after contracting COVID-19 as confirmed cases across the country surged to over 3,300.
* Afghanistan’s Public Health Ministry reported 14 more confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the total number to 110.
* The death toll from COVID-19 in India rose to 19 on Saturday morning, the Indian health ministry said. Meanwhile, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India rose to 873.
* The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia has increased by more than 200 overnight. According to the latest data from the Department of Health, there were 3,378 cases as of Saturday morning – an increase of 212 from 3,166 on Friday afternoon.
* New Zealand reported 78 new confirmed and five probable cases of COVID-19 on Saturday morning, bringing the total number of infections to 451 in the country.
* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday welcomed the expedited approval by the US Congress of the US commitment to strengthen the IMF’s resources earlier in the day. The US decision to speed up approval of its substantial new contributions to the IMF is a powerful message to the international community and helps solidify the IMF’s 1-trillion-US-dollar lending capacity, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said in a statement.
* As the confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Latin American authorities are attempting to fight COVID-19 on two fronts — taking sanitary measures and providing economic support. In Argentina where around 600 cases and over 10 deaths have been reported, the government allocated on Friday over ARS53 billion (about US$803 million) to tackle the health emergency in the country.
* In Cuba, health authorities reported 13 new COVID-19 cases of the virus, bringing the country’s total to 80 cases, including two deaths.
* Brazil announced a program on Friday that will help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the payment of wages for employees. The Brazilian Health Ministry reported on Friday that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has climbed from 2,915 to 3,417. The death toll has risen from 77 to 92, representing a fatality rate of 2.7 percent, it said.
* Chile has adopted a “progressive quarantine” to help control the spread of the disease in the country, where 1,610 COVID-19 cases and five deaths have been registered.
* Peruvian health authorities announced on Friday 55 new COVID-19 cases of coronavirus, increasing the number of infections from 580 to 635, which has led the government to insist on social distancing and to impose a curfew to prevent the spread of the virus.
* Colombia reported the number of the country’s confirmed COVID-19 cases had escalated from 491 to 539, after which President Ivan Duque declared that the national quarantine will not end on April 14 as planned, but will instead last several months.
* Finland has locked down the southern province of Uusimaa, including the capital area, to contain the spread of COVID-19. As of Friday, there were 1,025 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Finland, according to the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. More than 600 of them were in Uusimaa province.
* Kuwait reported 10 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 235, the Health Ministry announced in a statement on Saturday.
* A Palestinian official announced on Saturday that six new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the West Bank, bringing the total number of cases in the Palestinian territories to 97 cases.
* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that all international flights would be cancelled as part of the fight against COVID-19. The death toll from the virus in Turkey has climbed to 92, among 5,698 confirmed cases.
* The Iranian authorities on Friday announced the launch of a one-week social distancing plan amid the coronavirus epidemic across the country. Iran’s health ministry has so far reported 32,332 coronavirus cases across the country, of whom 2,378 have died.
* Iraqi Health Ministry on Friday confirmed four more deaths from the COVID-19 and 76 new cases, bringing the total number of the infections to 458.
* Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and his Tunisian counterpart Kais Saied discussed on Friday efforts to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
* US medical devices company Abbott Laboratories said late Friday it has received emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the fastest available point-of-care test for COVID-19. The test could deliver positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes, the company said in a statement, adding that it expects to deliver 50,000 tests per day, beginning next week.
* The number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda has risen within a week from one to 23, putting pressure on the country’s health system as more cases are anticipated. The Ugandan Health Ministry announced earlier this week it is recruiting over 200 health personnel to join the country’s currently thinly spread workforce.
* Malawi government is expected to suspend all international flights from April 1 in efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 though the country has not reported a single confirmed case.