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WHO defends coronavirus handling; UK toll rises: Live updates

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has defended its handling of the coronavirus pandemic after US President Donald Trump accused the agency of being “China-centric” and threatened to cut funding. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom on Wednesday recorded its highest daily death toll, at 938, bringing the number of total coronavirus-linked fatalities to 7,097. More: While Spain reported another 757 deaths over the past 24 hours, Wuhan began allowing people to leave for the first time since the central Chinese city was sealed off 76 days ago to contain the coronavirus that first emerged there late last year. Here are the latest updates. Wednesday, April 8 18:00 GMT – Gazans fear covonavirus outbreak will be their breaking point People in Gaza voice concern t...

Coronavirus: What sporting events are affected by the pandemic?

The outbreak of the coronavirus, which as of April 8 has killed more than 83,000 people globally, has affected sporting events across the world. COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has infected more than 1.4 million people worldwide. More: Major sporting events have been cancelled or postponed. The most significant one that was due to take place in Japan this summer was the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. However,the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have postponed the event to next year, where it will now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021. Football The CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Nations League Finals, which were scheduled for June 4–7, have been suspended.Th...

Timeline: How the new coronavirus spread

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a pandemic over a new coronavirus which causes an illness known as COVID-19 that has spread to nearly every country. The disease has killed some 83,000 people and infected more than 1.4 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More: Below is a timeline: On April 7, Spain has reported a slight increase in the daily death toll of coronavirus for the first time in five days, with 743 people succumbing overnight.  Meanwhile Japan declared a state of emergency amid a spike in coronavirus cases and Singapore began a partial lockdown.  The WHO urged countries not to lift measures put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus “too early” after Austria and Denmark a...

New York reports 731 new coronavirus deaths: Live updates

France has become the fourth country to register more than 10,000 deaths due to coronavirus, while New York reported 731 new fatalities, the highest overnight jump since the beginning of the outbreak. Meanwhile, Spain on Tuesday recorded a slight increase in the daily death toll for the first time in five days, with 743 people succumbing overnight.  More: Japan declared a state of emergency amid a spike in coronavirus cases, as Singapore began a partial lockdown and other countries extended stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of the disease.  In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was diagnosed with coronavirus late last month, was moved to intensive care in a London hospital after his condition worsened on Monday evening. Globally, the number of people diagnos...

Lockdowns, closures: How is each US state handling coronavirus?

As the United States continues to ramp up testing, it is seeing a rapid increase of coronavirus cases.  As of Monday, there were over 378,000 cases and nearly 12,000 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.  The US government, especially the administration of President Donald Trump, has been criticised for a slow response, but has ramped up action in recent weeks, easing restrictions on testing vaccines and passing benefit packages for workers, employers and international corporations.  More: The White House has also recommended limiting gatherings to 10 people, among other guidelines that were issued with frank urgency but that are not mandatory.   But the states of the US have significant powers to handle the crisis, with many adopting sim...

Coronavirus: Overwhelmed US funeral homes turn families away

Funeral director Kendall Lindsay has been forced to turn 20 families away. As the number of COVID-19 deaths skyrockets in New York City, the third-generation funeral director at Lawrence H Woodward Funeral Home in Brooklyn said the demand for funeral services has increased overwhelmingly.  On March 29, the funeral home had 127 scheduled funeral services; a week later, on April 5, that number had gone up to 175, Lindsay told Al Jazeera in an email. The funeral home is not taking on any new cases because it is running out of storage capacity. “We have cases we cannot bury or cremate until April 15 … Caskets [are] in the lobby of my lower level. I have no space for them,” she said. Across New York City, funeral homes, morgues and mortuary workers are scrambling to respond to ...

Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases?

New cases of the novel coronavirus that emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late December are being reported daily around the world. More than 70,000 people have died from COVID-19, as the illness is officially known, while over 1,200,000 infections have been confirmed in at least 183 countries and territories. More than 250,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus. More: Here are the countries that have so far confirmed coronavirus cases: United States – 337,638 cases, 10,000 deaths  Spain – 131,646 cases, 13,055 deaths Italy – 132,547 cases, 16,523 deaths Germany – 100,123 cases, 1,584 deaths France – 93,780 cases, 8,078 deaths  China – 82,641 cases, 3,333 deaths  The to...

Coronavirus death toll surpasses 10,000 in US: Live updates

The COVID-19 death toll in the US has surpassed 10,000 of almost 350,000 cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. Spain has reported 4,273 new cases of the coronavirus with 637 new deaths on the fourth day the daily totals have declined from the previous day. The total number of deaths in Spain from COVID-19 as of Monday stands at 13,055 among 135,032 cases. More: Globally, the death toll from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new virus, has passed 70,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, while the number of infections rose above 1.29 million. Here are the latest updates: Monday, April 6 17:30 GMT – US death toll surpasses 10,000 The death toll from the new coronavirus in the United States passed the 10,000 mark, according to a tall...

US intel watchdog fired by Trump says he acted appropriately

The ousted inspector general of the United States intelligence community says he is “disappointed and saddened” that President Donald Trump fired him, but he also encouraged other inspectors general to continue to speak out when they are aware of wrongdoing.  Trump notified Congress late on Friday evening that he intended to fire Michael Atkinson, a pivotal figure in his impeachment last year, because he had lost confidence in him. On Saturday, Trump made it clear that the move had been retaliatory, telling reporters that Atkinson was a “disgrace” and had done “a terrible job” because he had provided an anonymous whistleblower complaint to Congress – a move that was required by law.  Atkinson said in the statement, sent to reporters late ...

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