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Covid live: Global cases top 130 million mark; India’s richest state warns of full lockdown – News


Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now.

A summary of today’s developments:


Live map: Global spread of coronavirus

Source: Johns Hopkins University

Live: Latest Covid developments in the UAE and around the world.


Global caseload tops 130 million mark

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has surpassed the grim milestone of 130 million as the pandemic is still raging, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.86 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 130,114,348 and 2,836,446, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 30,606,649 and 554,069, respectively, according to the CSSE. Brazil follows in the second place with 12,910,082 cases and 328,206 fatalities.


Hong Kong bars incoming Singapore Airlines flights

Hong Kong has barred until mid-April incoming passenger flights from Singapore operated by Singapore Airlines, after an arriving passenger tested positive for Covid-19 infection.

Three passengers on the carrier’s March 31 flight also failed to comply with disease precautions, Hong Kong authorities said on Friday.

Singapore Airlines confirmed the order but said passenger services from Hong Kong to Singapore would not be affected by the suspension, which runs until April 16.

A transit passenger on the SQ882 flight had a negative pre-departure test result, but subsequently tested positive on arrival in Hong Kong, the airline said.

“SIA has taken immediate steps to strengthen checks at the point of embarkation to ensure our customers are in compliance with Hong Kong’s regulatory requirements,” it said in a statement.


Kuwait reports 1,233 new cases

The Kuwaiti Health Ministry reported on Friday 1,233 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total infections in the country to 234,754. The ministry also announced eight more fatalities, taking the death toll to 1,327, while the tally of recoveries rose by 1,384 to 219,257. A total of 14,170 coronavirus patients are receiving treatment, including 241 in the intensive care units, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Tareq Al Mezrem, Kuwait’s government spokesman, said on Thursday that the government has decided to further shorten the curfew by one hour from 7pm. to 5am local time, and allow walk inside residential areas from 7pm to 10pm, starting from April 8 until April 22. In addition, the government called on all citizens and residents to continue cooperation and commitment to health requirements and precautionary measures.


Maharashtra warns of full lockdown amid second wave

The chief minister of India’s Maharashtra state warned on Friday of a full lockdown to curb coronavirus infections if people did not limit their movement, as the country hit a six-month high for daily cases.

India’s richest state and home to the crowded financial capital Mumbai has been hit hard by the virus, while the country as a whole has now recorded 12.3 million cases including 81,466 new infections registered on Friday, health ministry data showed.

“Consider this a warning that I could impose a complete lockdown in the next couple of days if things remain the same,” Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said in a televised address.

He said that people were not taking necessary precautions such as wearing masks or avoiding unnecessary travel.

“The situation in the state is worrying. If it continues, our health infrastructure will be inadequate in the next 15-20 days,” Thackeray added.

Maharashtra reported as many as 47,828 new infections on Friday – its highest since the pandemic reached India in March 2020.


UK to ease restrictions

Britain will allow care home residents in England two visitors later this month, giving some grandparents the chance to meet their grandchildren for the first time, the government said on Saturday.

To stop Covid-19 being spread in care homes which were badly hit during the initial outbreak of the disease last year, the government imposed tight restrictions on access during the latest strict lockdown which began in January.

Last month, measures were eased to allow each care home resident one indoor visitor, and from April 12, this will be doubled. Parents will be allowed to bring babies and very young children, allowing some people the chance to meet the newest members of their family for the first time.

“I’m particularly pleased to allow residents to have more visitors, including grandchildren, given the isolation and concern felt by so many this past year,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.


Germany’s confirmed cases rise by 18,129

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 18,129 to 2,873,190, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Saturday. The reported death toll rose by 120 to 76,895, the tally showed.


US: California clears way for indoor concerts, games

California on Friday cleared the way for people to attend indoor concerts, theater performances and NBA games for the first time in more than a year as the rate of people testing positive for the coronavirus in the state nears a record low.

State officials won’t require testing or proof of vaccination for some of those events, but they do limit the number of people allowed to attend. Events that do require testing and vaccinations will be allowed to have more paying customers than those that don’t. Only people who live in California can attend these live performances.

The rules are different for private indoor gatherings, including weddings, meetings or conferences. Those are only to be allowed if all guests test negative for the coronavirus at least 72 hours in advance or show proof of full vaccination.


Mainland China reports 26 new cases

Mainland China reported 26 new Covid-19 cases on April 2, up from nine cases a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Saturday.

In a statement, the National Health Commission said seven of the new cases were local infections in the southwestern province of Yunnan, where a Covid-19 cluster has emerged in the city of Ruili boredering Myanmar.

The other 19 cases were imported infections, it said.

The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to 24 from 20.

Confirmed Covid-19 cases in Mainland China now stand at 90,252, with the death toll unchanged at 4,636.


Rangers appeal bans for 5 players

Scottish Premiership club Rangers have appealed against six-match bans for five of their players who breached coronavirus rules by attending a party in February, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) said on Friday.

Midfielder Bongani Zungu and defenders Nathan Patterson and Calvin Bassey apologised to Rangers’ fans on their return to training after being removed from the squad over the protocol breach.

The trio, as well as striker Dapo Mebude and goalkeeper Brian Kinnear, who are both out on loan, were ordered to self-isolate for 10 days after media said they had attended a party in Glasgow that was broken up by police.

On Tuesday, the SFA banned the five players for six games – four immediately and two suspended until the end of the 2020-21 season.

It is not the first time Rangers players have been punished for breaching Covid-19 protocols, with winger Jordan Jones and defender George Edmundson banned for seven games each in November after attending a private gathering. Last month, Rangers sealed their first league title since 2011.






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