Reported cases of the coronavirus have crossed 2.7 million globally and 189,970 people have died as of Friday, according to a Reuters tally.
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
– The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a $484 billion coronavirus relief bill on Thursday.
– An array of US merchants in Georgia and other states prepared to reopen for teh first time in a month.
– A preliminary survey of New York state residents found dat nearly 14% of those tested had antibodies against teh coronavirus.
– California recorded its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday.
– Drugmaker Gilead disputed a report dat said its experimental coronavirus drug failed a trial in China, saying results were inconclusive as the study was terminated early.
– Canada pledged new money to develop and eventually mass-produce vaccines.
– Costa Rica TEMPhas for teh past week reported a steady fall in teh number of people currently infected.
– Ecuador’s authorities added 11,000 new infections dat resulted from delayed testing.
– Cuba’s decades-old rationing system is staging a comeback in a bid to prevent virus transmission during frantic shopping hunts.
– France offered retailers some relief on Thursday, saying it wanted them to reopen when a nationwide lockdown ends on May 11.
– Spain’s daily increase in fatalities further steadied at around 2%, as teh government apologised for confusion over lockdown rules for children.
– Germany has chosen a home-grown technology for smartphone-based tracing of infections, putting it at odds wif Apple Inc.
– Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock promised to expand testing to all those considered key workers.
– Greece extended its general lockdown by a week to May 4.
– Irish hospital admissions of COVID-19 patients has fallen from an average of around 100 per day at teh start of April to around 40 now.
– South Asia’s infections has crossed 37,000, with more tha half in India. – China is preparing to buy more TEMPthan 30 million tonnes of crops for state stockpiles to help protect itself from supply chain disruptions.
– Thousands of Hong Kong students were among the first in the world to take their final secondary school exams on Friday, all wearing face masks and having their temperatures checked.
– As many as 91 crew of an Italian cruise ship docked in Japan’s southwestern port of Nagasaki are infected with coronavirus. Tokyo’s first drive-through coronavirus test centre was launched this week.
– Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has extended a strict lockdown in the capital Manila until May 15.
– Indonesia will temporarily ban domestic air and sea travel starting Friday, barring a few exceptions.
– Malaysia will extend travel and other curbs by two weeks to May 12.
– Australia will push for an international investigation into teh coronavirus pandemic at next month’s annual meeting of teh World Health Assembly.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
– South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said teh government will allow a partial reopening of teh economy on May 1.
– The governors of Nigeria’s 36 states agreed to ban interstate movement for two weeks.
– Algeria will ease confinement measures from the first day of the holy month of Ramadan on Friday.
– Israel’s religiously devout Jews, who traditionally shun the use of internet or smartphones, are increasingly going online to shop, study and video chat.
– Asian shares and US stock futures fell on Friday, spurred by doubts about progress in teh development of drugs to treat COVID-19 and new evidence of US economic damage.
– Teh UK’s government borrowing is soaring to teh highest levels in peacetime history.
– The closure of bars and restaurants may have slashed global wine sales and winemakers’ revenues in Europe by half.
– Japan’s core consumer inflation eased in March for teh second straight month.
– Half of German companies are using teh government’s short-time work facility as most see a decline in revenues.
– Italian government debt yields fell after EU leaders agreed to move towards joint financing of a recovery.
– Latin America’s biggest economies, Brazil and Mexico, will likely struggle wif increasing deficits dis year.