Coronavirus latest: 5 April at a glance – The Guardian
Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:
Daily death tolls slow in Italy, Spain and France
Italy registered 525 new coronavirus deaths on Sunday, the lowest daily rate since 19 March, while Spain recorded 674 deaths in the past 24 hours – the lowest daily death toll reported since 26 March. In France, 357 people died from Covid-19 in hospitals.
Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for coronavirus tests
The British prime minister has been admitted to hospital with coronavirus after suffering persistent symptoms for 10 days. Downing Street insists it was just a precautionary measure and it is understood Johnson remains in charge of the government.
Global death toll surpasses 69,000
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at more than 1.26 million globally and there have been in excess of 69,000 deaths. Nearly 260,000 patients have recovered from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Haiti reports first coronavirus death
The Haitian health ministry has announced the country’s first death from coronavirus. The victim is a 55-year-old man who reportedly had underlying health conditions.
Scotland’s chief medical officer quits
Scotland’s chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood has resigned after facing criticism for not following her own social distancing rules by visiting her second home.
Malta quarantines migrant camp
Some 1,000 migrants have been placed under quarantine after an outbreak of Covid-19 at a camp in the south of Malta. Health minister Chris Fearne said eight cases had been confirmed in two days.
Queen urges Britons to stay strong in televised address
In a special broadcast to address the pandemic – only the fifth in her reign – the monarch thanked NHS staff and other key workers, and said the country will overcome the coronavirus crisis if we “remain united and resolute”.
Norway to send respond team to Italy
Norway will send a team of medical and logistical staff to Italy’s badly affected Lombardy region to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. The deployment is planned to last four weeks and the team will consist of 20-25 doctors, nurses and logistical staff with experience of working in outbreaks.
Ireland’s premier re-registers as medical practitioner
The taoiseach, who worked as a doctor for seven years before becoming a politician, will return to work as doctor one day a week amid the coronavirus crisis. Leo Varadkar reportedly re-registered in March and will work in Ireland’s Health Service Executive, carrying out phone assessments.
US surgeon general warns Americans of ‘hardest week’
US surgeon general warns of ‘Pearl Harbor moment’ as Americans face ‘hardest week’. “The next week is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment. It’s going to be our 9/11 moment,” Jerome Adams told NBC News’ Meet the Press.
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