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* Chinese health authority said Monday (April 6) it received reports of 39 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Sunday, of which 38 were imported. Also on Sunday (April 5), 78 new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases were reported on the mainland, including 40 imported ones. The overall confirmed cases on the mainland had reached 81,708 by Sunday, including 1,299 patients who were still being treated, 77,078 patients who had been discharged after recovery, and 3,331 people who died of the disease.

* Cambodia had found no new cases of COVID-19 infections in the last three days, while three more patients had recovered, bringing the number of patients cured in the kingdom to 53, said a Ministry of Health (MoH) statement released on Monday. It added that the remaining 61 patients have been receiving treatment at various designated hospitals.

* The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Germany climbed to 91,714 as of 0:00 local time on Sunday, with a death toll of 1,342, according to data from Robert Koch Institute, the country’s disease control authority. The confirmed cases were 5,936 more than the previous day.

* With the total coronavirus fatalities swelling to 8,078 while the number of critically-ill patients increasing less rapidly, French authorities on Sunday warned that the virus “continues to hit hard,” urging people to continue to respect the confinement. The number of patients who died in the country’s hospitals rose by 357 to 5,889. The one-day increase was less than 441 registered on Saturday and the record of 588 on Friday, according to the Health Ministry.

* British Queen Elizabeth II, in a rare broadcast Sunday night, spoke about the coronavirus pandemic and her hope that people will take pride in how they responded to the crisis. She said better days will return and Britain will succeed in the fight against coronavirus.

* Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo will declare a state of emergency as early as Tuesday in a bid to stop the coronavirus spreading across the country, the Yomiuri newspaper reported, as the cumulative number of infections topped 1,000 in Tokyo alone. More than 3,500 people have tested positive and 85 have died in Japan from the COVID-19 disease associated with new coronavirus, according to public broadcaster NHK.

* The Republic of Korea reported fewer than 50 new coronavirus cases on Monday for the first time since its Feb. 29 peak as daily infections in Asia’s largest outbreak outside China continued to trend downward. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 47 new infections, compared with 81 recorded a day earlier, taking the national cumulative tally to 10,284.

* New Zealand reported 39 confirmed and 28 probable cases of COVID-19 on Monday, lifting the total number of confirmed and probable infections to 1,106 in the country. There were no additional deaths and 176 people had recovered, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield from the Ministry of Health said at a press conference.

* Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said on Sunday that Australia was in a “good place” in its response to the virus, with the spread having slowed significantly in recent days. In the 24 hours prior to Murphy’s press conference, 139 additional cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Australia, bringing the national total to 5,687.

* Mexico’s president unveiled a plan on Sunday to lift the economy out of the coronavirus crisis, vowing to help the poor and create jobs, but his promise of fiscal discipline sparked criticism that the measures fell far short of what was needed.

* Brazil’s Health Ministry said on Sunday the country’s death toll from COVID-19 has climbed to 486 as 11,130 people tested positive to the coronavirus disease.

* The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 1,655, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Sunday. Meanwhile, the country reported two more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 11.

* India’s health ministry Sunday evening said the death toll due to COVID-19 in India rose to 83 and the total number of confirmed cases in the country reached 3,577. According to ministry officials, so far 275 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement.

* The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has risen to 3,059 including 45 deaths in Pakistan, according to the data updated by the country’s health ministry on Sunday evening.

* The number of COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh abruptly spiked Sunday, rising by 18 and bringing the total to 88. The death toll rose to nine as the country confirmed one more fatality Sunday, Bangladeshi Health Minister Zahid Maleque told journalists in an online press briefing.

* Chile’s Health Ministry on Sunday said 4,471 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and 34 have died from the disease. In the past 24 hours, seven patients died, bringing the death toll to 34.

* Iran’s COVID-19 cases rose by 2,483 to 58,226 on Sunday as the slowdown continued for five consecutive days in a row. Meanwhile, the tally of novel coronavirus infections in Israel surpassed 8,000. The death toll from the viral respiratory disease in Iran rose by 151 to reach 3,603. So far, a total of 22,011 patients have recovered from the disease, while 4,057 remain in critical condition.

* Serious and violent crimes have dropped considerably in South Africa since the implementation of a national lockdown over coronavirus, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Sunday.

* The anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine will be used in a trial covering 3,000 patients at a hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and the results will be tracked in a formal study, said US Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday. US President Donald Trump said the federal government has stockpiled 29 million doses of hydroxychloroquine.

* The Saudi Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday the launch of e-service for Saudi citizens abroad wishing to return to the kingdom over COVID-19 concerns, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Saudi Arabia has so far reported 2,385 coronavirus cases, including 34 deaths and 488 recoveries.

* The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday announced 294 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 1,799. Meanwhile, 19 more patients have recovered from the virus, taking the tally of the UAE’s recoveries to 144, according to the Ministry.

* Palestine on Sunday declared 17 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Palestinian territories to 234.

* Jordan will start conducting random COVID-19 tests in the southern parts of the country this week, Minister of Health Saad Jaber said Sunday. On Sunday, Jordan reported 22 new coronavirus cases, raising the overall number to 345, while 36 patients recovered, according to Jaber.

* A total of 107 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Morocco on Sunday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 990, said the Ministry of Health. A total of 69 deaths from COVID-19 were reported while 71 patients have recovered, according to the ministry.

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