4th April 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 1,099,711 with 59,196 deaths as of 1pm today. The death toll in Europe has surged to around 40,000, while in the United States the number of deaths hit more than 7,402, bringing the number of deaths worldwide to more than 58,000.
UK has 684 more people dying in UK hospitals. This brings the total number of UK fatalities to 3,605.
East London’s ExCeL exhibition centre, which normally plays host to lifestyle shows, expos and conferences, has been converted into the temporary NHS Nightingale hospital, with space for 4,000 beds.
Italy has recorded 766 more deaths the infection rate has continued to slow. Total cases in Italy increased to 119,827 with 2,339 new cases; 138 fewer than Thursday.
U.S. and Canada
There are at least 277,828 coronavirus cases in the US.
US President Donald Trump again signalled his resistance to issuing a national stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus and he said he would leave it to the governors. US Attorney General calls for home confinement for eligible inmates held at federal prisons. He also said that he will invoke the Defense Production Act to ban “unscrupulous actors and profiteers” from exporting critical medical gear used to protect wearers from the coronavirus.
The White House says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that Americans cover their faces when leaving the home, especially around other people. But President Donald Trump is calling it “voluntary” and says he himself won’t wear a mask. Meanwhile, Melanie Trump has expressed a different view.
Delta Air Lines announced that it expects Q2 revenue to be down 90% and the company is burning through US$60 million in cash every day.
Falkland Islands has confirmed first case of COVID-19.
Los Angeles County has recorded 1,000 coronavirus cases in just 48 hours, the mayor said on Friday. Hawaii has activated four units of the National Guard to assist with the state’s coronavirus response, Gov. David Ige said on Friday.
A total of 49 of the 211 students from the University of Texas at Austin who travelled to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for spring break have tested positive for the coronavirus.
A retired couple who had been married for more than 51 years and were living in Boynton Beach, Florida both died six minutes apart from COVID-19 infection. Neither of them had any serious health conditions. t Maura Lewinger from New York played her husband their wedding song on FaceTime as he died from coronavirus.
Tesla is letting go of contractors from its U.S. car and battery plants, according to three workers and correspondence shared with CNBC.
China and Hong Kong
China confirmed 19 new coronavirus cases on Friday of which all but one were imported from overseas, according the country’s National Health Commission (NHC). There were also 64 new asymptomatic cases reported, which are counted separately. There are 1,030 such asymptomatic cases under medical observation. Total number of confirmed cases in the mainland surged to 81,639. Beijing is striving for global leadership in the coronavirus crisis.
China declared Saturday a day of mourning for the thousands of “martyrs” who have died in the new coronavirus outbreak, flying the national flag at half mast throughout the country and suspending all forms of entertainment. Similarly in Hong Kong and Macau, moments of silence were observed.
Elsewhere in the world
South Korea has extended government guidelines urging people to social distance to slow the spread of the coronavirus for two weeks as infections continue to grow in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area.
Albania reported 27 cases in a single day.
The daily count of new coronavirus cases in Tokyo has doubled in the past week, from about 40 in the final days of March to 97 on Thursday and 89 on Friday.
Thailand’s Civil Aviation Authority has issued an order stopping flights from arriving in the country for three days.
One of Asia’s biggest slums has confirmed its first death of COVID-19 case, leading top Indian doctors to warn that the country must prepare to face an “onslaught” of cases.