Live COVID-19 updates: Death toll exceeds 10,000 in Italy, countries tighten containment measures

2020-03-29 08:14:28Xinhua Editor : Gu Liping ECNS App Download
Special: Battle Against Novel Coronavirus

The world is now in a battle against COVID-19, a disease caused by a previously unknown coronavirus that has spread to over 200 countries and regions.

The following are the updates on the contagious illness.

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WASHINGTON -- The United States has reported more than 2,000 COVID-19 deaths, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE).

As of 6:40 p.m. on Saturday (2240 GMT), there were more than 121,000 confirmed cases in the United States, with 2,010 deaths, an interactive map maintained by the CSSE showed.

New York state's cases have topped 52,000, followed by states of New Jersey and California, with 11,124 and 5,065 cases respectively, according to the update.

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BRUSSELS -- The COVID-19 pandemic continued to overrun Europe, with the death toll in Italy and the UK passing 10,000 and 1,000 marks, respectively, on Saturday.

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), as of Saturday, the pandemic has hit 201 countries and regions with 571,678 confirmed cases, of which 324,761 cases, or 56.8 percent, were recorded in Europe.

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QUITO -- Ecuador's Ministry of Public Health (MSP) announced on Saturday that there are 1,823 cases of COVID-19 in the country, with 48 total fatalities.

The director of Risk Management for the MSP, Santiago Taratras, said that the figures showed the progressive escalation of the virus between Friday and Saturday, and that all suspicious deaths are going through a verification process to confirm the presence of the novel coronavirus.

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DUBLIN -- A total of 14 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 died in Ireland on Saturday, the highest figure ever recorded in a single day since the outbreak of the epidemic in the country at the end of last month, according to data from the Irish Department of Health.

All the deaths reported on Saturday came from the east of Ireland, with the median age of the deceased standing at 81 years, said the department in a statement, adding that the total number of such deaths in the country has so far reached 36.

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PARIS -- French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Saturday said the combat to contain rapid-circulating coronavirus epidemic "has only just begun" as the government was stepping up "long-term intense effort."

"I will tell you things with clarity and frankness: the first 15 days of April will be difficult, harder than those we have just gone through," Philippe said in a press conference.

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CAIRO -- Iran reported 139 new deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, raising the total death toll to 2,517. Meanwhile, China delivered a batch of medical aid to Tunisia to help contain the disease.

The total number of infections in Iran climbed to 35,408, up by 3,076 from Friday. So far, 11,679 coronavirus patients have recovered, up by 546.

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ROME -- The COVID-19 pandemic continued to claim victims in Italy as the deadline for the end of the government's national lockdown drew closer and experts warned it is too soon to lift restrictions.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that the entire country of some 60 million people would remain under lockdown until April 3 in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

As of Saturday the total number of infections, fatalities and recoveries rose to 92,472, according to the latest data released by the Civil Protection Department.

The death toll was 889 on Saturday, pushing the total to 10,023 fatalities since the pandemic first broke out in northern Italy on Feb. 21.

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MADRID -- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday that his cabinet will approve a measure on Sunday that will oblige all non-essential workers to remain at home for the next two weeks.

Sanchez said the measure would come into effect on Monday, March 30, and last until April 9 in an attempt to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

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WASHINGTON -- More than 30,000 COVID-19 deaths have been reported worldwide, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE).

As of 3:30 p.m. Saturday (1930 GMT), there were more than 649,000 confirmed cases globally, with 30,249 deaths, an interactive map maintained by the CSSE showed.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is considering a short-term quarantine for the state of New York as the situation of the coronavirus outbreak continued to get worse there.

The president told reporters outside the White House that in addition to New York, "enforceable quarantine" might also be imposed on New Jersey and parts of Connecticut to curb the spread of the virus, adding he will make a decision later in the day.

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WUHAN -- Wuhan, a central Chinese city once at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, on Saturday reopened its subway and railway station following more than two months of suspension due to the epidemic.

"We clearly remember that the metro service had been suspended for 65 days," said Li Wei, a staff worker of the Wuhan metro service operator. "I was startled when I first saw the news of shutting down the metro system as I never expected such scenario to happen one day."

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ISLAMABAD -- An 8-member medical expert team organized by the Chinese government arrived here on Saturday to help Pakistan fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi welcomed the Chinese medical team at the Islamabad International Airport and thanked them for coming to Pakistan to help the country overcome the disease.

"I would like to thank the Chinese people, and the Chinese government...for going out of the way to support Pakistan and our effort to fight the COVID-19," he said.


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