– President Donald Trump has warned of a “tough week” ahead as the United States supports an increase in coronavirus deaths
– China has seen an increase in cases, most of which are people arriving outside the country
– The state of New York records a record date for deaths, at 630
– Britain’s death toll has increased by 708 in 24 hours, which is the highest daily increase to date
– The number of daily reported infections in Germany has decreased slightly, with the Robert Koch Institute registering fewer than 6,000 cases
Universal Coordinated Update (UTC / GMT)
07:45 The German railway network has reported a more punctual service due to the fact that it has been dealing with smaller passengers since the introduction of social distance measures.
The state operator Deutsche Bahn said 84.2% of all long-haul trains had arrived on time in March, an increase of 4.1
According to Germany’s current suspension measures, the country’s 16 states and the Merkel-led federal government have imposed restrictions on no more than two people to gather in public and use public transport only for essential purposes.
Read more: Angela Merkel sees “a little hope”, but holds the lock in place
07:30 Ecuadors Vice President Otto Sonnenholzner has apologized after many corpses were left on the streets of Guayaquil as the new virus rips through the port city.
The locals had posted pictures on social media showing abandoned bodies on the streets of the Latin American city most affected by the pandemic.
“We have seen pictures that should never have happened and as your public official I apologize,” said Sonnenholzer, who is responsible for Ecuador’s virus response group.
The South American country has so far reported nearly 3,500 cases, resulting in 172 fatalities.
07:10 The President of Iran has said that “low risk” economic activities will resume from April 11 in the Middle East country, which has reported more than 50,000 cases.
“Under the supervision of the Ministry of Health, all the low-risk activities will resume from Saturday,” President Hassan Rouhani announced.
“Two-thirds of all Iranian government employees will work in the office as of Saturday … the decision does not contradict the advice of the health authorities at home.”
06:55 IN SpainPrime Minister Pedro Sanchez has called on other EU member states to show firm “solidarity” and a tighter society as European countries struggle with the weakening coronavirus outbreak.
Sanchez said he believed that “Europe must set up a war economy and promote resistance, reconstruction and European recovery”, before adding, “If we continue to think small, we will fail.”
“Europe is suffering its biggest crisis since the Second World War. Our citizens are dying or fighting in hospitals saturated by a pandemic that represents the greatest threat to public health since the flu in 1918,” Sanchez added.
The Spanish Prime Minister’s comments come in the wake of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pushing for huge investments in the EU budget.
06:50 Thousands of medical students throughout Germany have volunteered their services to support the fight against the coronavirus. There has been a crash course in pandemic for many. Read more here.
06:00 The number of infections i Germany has risen by 5936. This figure is 100 less than Saturday’s, according to the Robert Koch Institute. The number of deaths increased by 184, bringing Germany’s total death toll to 1342.
05:50 The Swedish Government According to Swedish media, more powers are sought to implement a lockdown or stronger restrictions in public life. The move comes as more and more countries around the world implement public life lockups to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. So far, Sweden has shown a markedly different attitude to the fight against the virus, especially in comparison with its Scandinavian neighbors.
05:30 New Zealand has reported 1,039 cases after health officials from the country announced the latest figures, showing an increase of 89 infections. So far, New Zealand has recorded a death attributed to the new coronavirus.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said strict locking measures worked to prevent the spread of the outbreak.
“Our fall rate and death rate are far below other comparable countries,” Ardern said at a news conference. “Yes, we had the advantage of time. Our distance and our early border and mass gathering measures also made a difference there.”
05:15 Health representative i Australia have said they are cautiously optimistic on preventing the spread of COVID-19 but warned social distance restrictions will remain for up to six months.
Confirmed cases increased by 181 during the 24-hour period to early Sunday, bringing the country’s total to 5,635 infections. The death toll from COVID-19 is now 34.
New South Wales (NSW) director of health protection Jeremy McAnulty said: “We want to be hopeful, but not to ovulate over the numbers.”
Health Minister Greg Hunt warned that despite the good signs, citizens must remain vigilant for another six months. “This is a difficult six-month period that we have to go through,” Hunt told Sky News Australia.
04:50 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has revealed that the Chinese government has sent a shipment of 1,000 fans to his state.
New York State is currently under pressure after suffering more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus and Governor Cuomo praised the Chinese government for its help, while acknowledging that the US government’s inventory of medical supplies is not close enough.
“We’re all in the same battle here,” Cuomo said, admitting that the state of Oregon also voluntarily sent 140 fans to New York. “And the fight stops the spread of the virus.”
Further support has come from the National Basketball Association (NBA) donation of one million surgical masks, which Cuomo also expressed thanks.
At the same time, United Airlines has said it will dramatically reduce its flights to two New York City airports.
United announced, as of Sunday, that it will go from 157 daily flights at Newark and LaGuardia airports to just 17.
01:52 European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has transported 4 million protective face masks from China to Germany as part of its so-called air bridge mission, the company announced Sunday morning.
An A350 aircraft landed in Hamburg loaded with the masks, which will be distributed to hospitals in Germany, France, Spain and the UK.
01:16 China’s National Health Commission reported 30 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, including 25 people who had recently arrived from outside the country.
To prevent new cases from coming from abroad, China has reduced international travel, banned entry for most foreigners and restricted foreign airlines to one flight per week.
Read more: Coronavirus: In Germany, medical students rose to fight COVID-19
00:03 EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for more European solidarity through increased investment in the EU budget and said “we need a Marshall Plan for Europe” to ensure financial stability during the krona virus crisis.
In an editorial published by Germany World on Sunday newspaper, the EU chief wrote that “the many billions that need to be invested today, to prevent a major disaster, will bind generations.”
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President Trump said USA was heading into what could be the “toughest” weeks of its coronavirus epidemic.
“This will be the toughest week, and it will be very dead, unfortunately,” Trump said, adding that authorities wanted to focus on the hardest hit regions.
In the three US hot spots in New York, Louisiana and Detroit, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx’s data analysis shows that these areas hit the “top” of COVID-19 deaths together over the next 6-7 days.
When reporting the coronavirus pandemic, unless otherwise stated, DW uses figures from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Coronavirus Resource Center in the United States. JHU updates real-time figures and collects data from world health organizations, state and national governments and other public official sources, all of which have their own systems for compiling information.
Germany’s national statistics are compiled by its public health body, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). These figures are due to data transfer from state and local levels and updated about once a day, which may lead to deviation from JHU.
wmr, jsi / rc (Reuters, AFP, dpa, AP)
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