World coronavirus updates: Fewer deaths in Italy and Spain, U.K. toll jumps
Health officials in Italy and Spain are seeing a glimmer of hope, as both countries reported a decline in deaths from the novel coronavirus Sunday. But the death toll continues to surge in the United Kingdom, which now has the world's fourth highest number of fatalities from COVID-19.
The big picture: The virus has killed more than 69,000 people and infected 1.25 million others globally as of early Monday, per Johns Hopkins data. Spain has reported the most cases outside the U.S. (more than 131,000) and Italy the most deaths (over 15,000). About half the planet's population is now on lockdown.
- Policy responses to the crisis have been every-country-for-itself and — in the case of the U.S. and China — tinged with geopolitical rivalry. But the scientific work under way to understand the virus and develop a vaccine has been globalized on an unprecedented scale.
Of note: More than 263,000 people worldwide have recovered from the coronavirus.
What's happening: The United States Forces Japan (USFJ) commander announced a public health emergency for the Kanto Plains region Monday amid a rise in COVID-19 cases in nearby Tokyo.
- In Australia, the Ruby Princess berthed south of Sydney Monday — hours after Australian police launched a criminal investigation into the cruise ship, which has been linked to 11 deaths and over 600 cases of the novel coronavirus.
- Italy reported 525 deaths on Sunday — its lowest number since March 19.
- Spain reported a drop in infections, and the number of deaths fell or a third consecutive day, recording 625 Sunday — "the first time daily deaths have fallen below 800 in the past week," AP notes.
- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced Saturday an extension of the country's lockdown until April 26, per AP.
- The United Kingdom reported more than 600 deaths Sunday taking the toll to 4,934. Queen Elizabeth II urged the country to maintain "self-discipline" in a televised address on the virus Sunday, saying: "I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge."
- U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to the hospital Sunday as a "precautionary step" after his coronavirus symptoms continued to persist 10 days after testing positive
- Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has rejoined Ireland's medical registry to work one shift a week for the Health Service Executive.
- Dubai announced 24/7 citywide sterilization efforts during a two-week lockdown, starting Saturday in response to the outbreak.
- China has shipped 1,000 ventilators to New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference Saturday. Cuomo has warned that the state is operating on a "day-by-day" basis with supplies.
Economic impact: The virus has caused a "global shock" and significant economic pain "seems unavoidable in all countries," the World Bank said in an update for East Asia and the Pacific.
- The World Bank projected growth in China, where the outbreak began, would slow 2.3% in the baseline scenario, or as low as 0.1% in the lower-case scenario.
- Nearly 10 million people in the U.S. have filed for unemployment in the past few weeks.
Coronavirus symptoms: Fever, cough, shortness of breath.
Editors note: This article will be updated regularly with breaking news.
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