Mounted police officers patrol in Hyde Park, in London, April 13, 2020. (KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH / AP)
WASHINGTON / NEW YORK / OTTAWA / MADRID / MOSCOW / AMSTERDAM / LONDON / CAPE TOWN / HARARE / LIMA / BRASILIA / LAGOS / TIRANA / PARIS / ATHENS / KHARTOUM / MINSK / ROME / BUJUMBURA / RABAT / CAIRO / VIENNA / TRIPOLI / QUITO / SANTIAGO / UNITED NATIONS / GENEVA / NAIROBI / BERLIN / WARSAW / STOCKHOLM / HELSINKI - Deaths involving COVID-19 in England are running 15 percent higher than the number reported by the National Health Service.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Tuesday that 5,979 deaths up to April 3 had been registered by April 11. That compares with the 5,186 reported by NHS England, a number which is itself revised several days after the official daily tally from hospitals.
The discrepancy is important because the government is using data on deaths, hospital admissions and the impact of social-distancing measures to plan its response to the pandemic and eventually ease a nationwide lockdown
The discrepancy is important because the government is using data on deaths, hospital admissions and the impact of social-distancing measures to plan its response to the pandemic and eventually ease a nationwide lockdown.
The ONS figures provide the most complete picture because they include deaths outside hospitals, such as in hospices, care homes and private residences. But they are also an estimate, because they tally all mentions of COVID-19 on death certificates, including without confirmed tests for the coronavirus.
When compared with the daily death toll published by the Department of Health and Social Care, the difference with the ONS figures is even more stark. The government reported 4,093 deaths in England and Wales as of April 3, compared with 6,235 in the ONS figures.
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The COVID-19 death toll in hospitals across the United Kingdom rose to 12,107 as of 1600 GMT on April 13, up by 778 on the day before, the health ministry said.
“302,599 people have been tested of which 93,873 tested positive,” the health ministry said.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson who is recovering from COVID-19, said he did not expect the government to make any changes to the lockdown measures currently in place until it was confident they could be made safely.
However later in the day, the Times reported that Raab was set to announce on Thursday that the lockdown in the country will stay in place until at least May 7.
Meanwhile, Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance said he expected the number of daily deaths to continue to rise this week, then to plateau for two to three weeks before falling.
The Charging Bull statue is empty of visitors on a rainy day in New York, April 13, 2020. (TED SHAFFREY / AP)
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide was nearing the 2 million mark on Tuesday morning, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
After initially reporting that global COVID-19 cases topped 2 million on Monday night, the CSSE has lowered the figure to 1,918,855.
At 8 pm local time on Monday (0000 GMT on Tuesday), the CSSE said the global COVID-19 cases surpassed 2 million, while at around 9:30 pm (0130 GMT on Tuesday) it reported the total number stood at 1,918,855.
The total deaths worldwide were 119,588, according to the CSSE.
The United States is the country with the most cases, 581,918, and the highest death toll of 23,608. Spain and Italy followed with 170,099 and 159,516 cases, respectively, the tally shows.
Other hardest-hit countries include France with 137,877 cases and Germany with 130,072 cases, the tally shows.
Ten US governors on the east and west coasts banded together on Monday in two regional pacts to coordinate gradual economic reopenings as the coronavirus crisis finally appeared to be ebbing.
Announcements from the New York-led group of Northeastern governors, and a similar compact formed by California, Oregon and Washington state, came as President Donald Trump declared any decision on restarting the US economy was up to him.
"We will soon finalize new and important guidelines to give governors the information they need to start safely opening their states," Trump told reporters at a White House briefing.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that "the worst is over" for his state
The Trump administration has signaled May 1 as a potential date for easing the restrictions.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was teaming up with his counterparts in adjacent New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island to devise the best strategies for easing stay-at-home orders imposed last month to curb coronavirus transmissions.
At least 1,500 more US fatalities were reported on Monday, far below last week's running tally of roughly 2,000 deaths every 24 hours. Likewise, the number of additional confirmed cases counted on Monday, about 23,000, was well below last week's trend of 30,000 to 50,000 new cases a day.
Wyoming reported its first death from the coronavirus on Monday, the final US state to report a fatality.
Cuomo, whose state accounts for the largest number of cumulative deaths, over 10,000, said on Monday that "the worst is over" for his state.
In Northern California's San Mateo county, there might be up to 25,000 cases of COVID-19, far more than the three-digit cases that are officially confirmed, the county's health officer said in a statement.
Scott Morrow said that the data currently shared on the county's website is simply very limited as many characteristics of the coronavirus are unknown and the testing remains very constrained.
Earlier on Monday, Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that the coronavirus outbreak could reach its peak in the United States this week, pointing to signs of stabilization across the country.
Spain reported the lowest number of new coronavirus cases in 3 1/2 weeks as the government comes under pressure to relax some of the measures brought in to slow the outbreak.
There were 3,045 new infections in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 172,541, according to Health Ministry data. That was the smallest increase since March 20. The death toll rose by 567 to 18,056.
Spain started to ease tough lockdown restrictions on Monday, in which some businesses, including construction and manufacturing, were allowed to reopen.
But most of the population are still confined to their homes, and shops, bars and public spaces will remain closed until at least April 26.
People at main transport hubs were handed face masks as they went to work on Monday morning.
Only a few commuters came in and out of the main entrance of Madrid's usually bustling Atocha train station on Monday morning. Road traffic was light too, with mainly public buses passing by.
A family watches a televised speech of French President Emmanuel Macron on TV, in Ville d'Avray, near Paris, April 13, 2020. (CHRISTOPHE ENA / AP)
French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday announced he was extending a virtual lockdown to curb the cornavirus outbreak until May 11, adding that progress had been made but the battle not yet won.
"The epidemic is starting to slow down. The results are there," Macron said in a televised address to the nation. "Thanks to your efforts, everyday we have made progress."
"But our country was not sufficiently ready for this crisis. We will all draw all the consequences," Macron said.
Macron's prime time address came as France ended a fourth week under lockdown.
By Monday, the coronavirus had claimed 14,967 lives in France, the fourth-highest death toll in the world, with more than 98,076 confirmed cases, according to official figures.
Macron said that by May 11, France would be able to test anyone presenting COVID-19 symptoms. Schools and creches would progressively reopen, he said.
Separately, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the French economy is expected to contract 8 percent this year, revising the government's outlook for the second time in a week.
A total of 1,033 people have died and 11,445 people have been confirmed infected of COVID-19 in Sweden, according to the Swedish Public Health Agency on Tuesday.
Finland's former President Martti Ahtisaari and his wife Eeva Ahtisaari are recovering from COVID-19, the Office of the President announced in a press release on Tuesday.
Their "latest coronavirus samples have been proven negative and they continue to recover," the office said. Ahtisaari's infection was confirmed on March 24, and his wife's infection was reported on March 21.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Finland had confirmed 3,161 coronavirus infections with 64 deaths and 75 cases being in intensive care, according to the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare.
Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy rose by 566 on Monday, up from 431 the day before, but the number of new cases slowed to 3,153 from a previous 4,092.
The number of new cases was the lowest since April 7.
The death toll rose to 20,465, the Civil Protection Agency said. The number of officially confirmed cases climbed to 159,516.
The number of people who have died from the coronavirus in the Netherlands has increased by 86 to 2,823, Dutch health authorities said on Monday.
The National Institute for Public Health said total confirmed coronavirus cases had increased by 964 to 26,551.
A lower number of new coronavirus cases in Germany in recent days is likely due to less testing over Easter and the outbreak is not yet contained, the head of the Robert Koch health institute (RKI) said on Tuesday.
Germany's number of confirmed cases has risen by 2,082 to 125,098, data from RKI showed earlier on Tuesday, marking the fourth daily decline in the number of new cases.
Reported deaths rose by 170 to 2,969. The death rate is far lower than among other countries most affected, but the German authorities remain wary of lifting restrictions on public life.
Urging Germans to wait and remain disciplined with social distancing measures, RKI President Lothar Wiele estimated the virus reproduction or transmission rate, dubbed "R", in Germany was about 1.2 - meaning a person with the virus infects 1.2 others on average.
"It is really in our interest that this R rate goes below 1, or is at 1. That is an important factor," Wieler added.
On Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a video conference with the state premiers to discuss a possible path out of the lockdown and how to manage the recession it is expected to cause.
Russian police officers patrol an empty Manezhnaya Square near Red Square, in Moscow, Russia, April 13, 2020. (ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO / AP)
Russia on Tuesday reported 2,774 new cases of the coronavirus, a record daily rise, bringing its overall nationwide tally to 21,102, the country's coronavirus response centre said.
It said 170 people in Russia diagnosed with the virus have now died, an overnight rise of 22.
Authorities in Moscow have warned that the Russian capital may run out of hospital beds to treat a rising influx of patients in the next two to three weeks despite frantic efforts to get more beds in place.
New confirmed infections in the Russian capital shot up by 1,489 overnight, bringing its total number of registered cases to 13,002. Around 6,000 Muscovites are receiving treatment at home.
President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the country might need to call in the army to help tackle the virus crisis and warned the contagion was getting worse.
Putin criticised what he said was sloppiness in some regions that had allowed local outbreaks to gain a foothold and urged regional leaders to make use of what he said was a three to four-week lag with Moscow.
Separately, the city of Moscow on Monday launched a new website ahead of a permit system it wants to start operating from Wednesday under which residents will have to seek permission before using public transport or their owns cars or other vehicles.
The death toll from the coronavirus in Canada rose by almost 9 percent to 734 in a day, official data posted by the public health agency showed on Monday.
By 11 am eastern time (1500 GMT), the total number of those diagnosed with the coronavirus had risen to 24,804. The respective figures at the same time on Sunday were 674 deaths and 23,719 positive diagnoses.
The Canadian government has urged longterm care homes to control COVID-19, as nearly half of the country's coronavirus deaths are linked to them.
Poland will gradually lift lockdown measures imposed to contain the coronavirus from April 19, starting with restrictions on shops, the government said on Tuesday, as it prepares to hold presidential elections by post on May 10.
As of Monday, Poland had reported 6,934 confirmed cases and 245 deaths.
The government would decide on the lifting of further curbs on Wednesday or Thursday, Poland's government spokesman Piotr Muller told public radio
The May 10 elections are now expected to be held exclusively by post in an effort to curtail the risks associated with the coronavirus.
Belgium has recorded 4,157 deaths from the COVID-19 as of Tuesday, according to the latest data of the Belgian health authorities.
Portuguese Minister of Internal Administration Eduardo Cabrita announced on Monday that its land borders with Spain will remain closed at least until May 15.
Tourist and leisure travel between the two countries is suspended, and only the transport of goods and cross-border workers is allowed.
Cabrita stressed that the decision of the government is in line with the position expressed by the president that the state of emergency be extended till the beginning of May.
Portugal is in a state of emergency from March 19 to April 17. The country has reported 535 deaths and 16,934 confirmed cases as of Monday, according to the daily bulletin of the health authorities.
Austrians lined up outside hardware and gardening stores that reopened Tuesday after the country became one of the first in Europe to ease lockdown measures.
The soft and partial restart of the economy - also one of the first to clamp down on public life to halt the spread of the coronavirus - will be eyed by others in Europe as a rehearsal for how to lift restrictions without provoking new infections. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said he won’t hesitate to reverse course if the numbers were to spike again.
In Austria, stores with less than 400 square meters sales area and hardware and gardening shops can reopen on Tuesday - subject to access restrictions that make sure they aren’t so crowded that people can’t keep their distance. Face masks are mandatory in all shops as well as in public transport.
The country has fared relatively well so far, having reported 368 deaths in total. The daily increase in confirmed cases is in low single digits in percentage terms and hospitalizations have stabilized.
If the reopening doesn’t lead to a surge in infections, malls and all other stores can reopen May 2, followed by schools, restaurants and hotels in mid-May, according to the government’s plan. Events won’t be possible before the end of June.
Albania is relaxing a weekday curfew to allow shoppers longer to collect provisions, but is extending its weekend lockdown and launching police drones to deter rule-breakers as it moves to a second phase of tackling the coronavirus outbreak.
Each family will how have from 5 am to 5:30 pm for their designated shopper to spend 90 minutes visiting shops, banks and pharmacies once they receive permission via an app. But at weekends, the lockdown will be in force from Friday evening until Monday morning, rather than starting at Saturday lunchtime.
So far, 467 people in Albania have been confirmed as infected and 23 people have died.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis praised the country's efforts to contain the coronavirus on Monday but said there was no room for complacency before Orthodox Easter, when hundreds of thousands normally head to family gatherings.
"We showed our best self and this ... fills us with pride, it arms us with more courage to keep fighting," Mitsotakis said in a televised statement.
"The war has not been won yet," he added.
Greece reported 30 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total in the country to 2,145. Ninety-nine people have died.
Mitsotakis said the state was ready to spend up to 14 billion euros to support businesses and protect jobs from the impact of the virus along with 10 billion euros in European funds.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday nobody would die from the coronavirus in his country and again rejected any need for the strict lockdown measures adopted by most countries to contain the spread of the pandemic.
It was the latest show of defiance by the strongman leader, who has dismissed worries about the disease as a "psychosis" and variously suggested drinking vodka, going to saunas and driving tractors to fight the virus.
The health ministry has reported 2,919 confirmed coronavirus cases and 29 deaths in Belarus. But Lukashenko said the fatalities were the result of underlying health conditions in the patients, such as heart disease and diabetes.
"Therefore, I say that not a single person died purely from the coronavirus."
South Africa’s health minister on Tuesday reported a rise in coronavirus cases of 143 rise in over the past day, taking the total to 2,415.
Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize provided no update on the number of deaths, which a day earlier stood at 27.
People walk past a roadside market with few customers, in Lagos, Nigeria, April 13, 2020. (SUNDAY ALAMBA / AP)
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria soared to 343, according to data by the health authorities.
In a statement reaching Xinhua on Tuesday, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) said 20 new cases were confirmed from five states across the country late Monday.
However, the majority of the 343 COVID-19 cases in the country are in stable conditions, said the NCDC. Out of the 343 cases, 91 had been discharged and 10 deaths had been recorded.
With 189 confirmed cases in total, Lagos, the country's commercial hub, is the epicenter for COVID-19 in Nigeria. Abuja, the capital, has recorded 56 cases so far.
President Muhammadu Buhari said in an address to the nation on Monday that lockdowns in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states will be extended for an additional 14 days.
Buhari said it was crucial to extend the lockdown due to an "alarming" increase in positive cases in a number of states.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases jumped to 17 in Zimbabwe after three more people tested positive for the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said on Monday.
The country has so far conducted a total of 604 COVID-19 tests with three deaths.
Sudan will impose a lockdown on the capital Khartoum for three weeks after 10 more cases of the coronavirus were discovered on Monday, its information minister said.
The lockdown in the country's most populous city will start on Saturday, Faisal Saleh told Reuters.
In total, 29 coronavirus cases have been discovered in Sudan, with four deaths, the health ministry said in a statement.
One of the five COVID-19 patients in Burundi has died, a spokesman for the country's health ministry said on Monday.
"One person who had tested positive for COVID-19 and who was under intensive medical care at Kira Hospital died on Sunday, April 12, due to complications caused by associated pathologies," said Jean Bosco Girukwishaka on Twitter.
Kenya's Ministry of Health on Monday confirmed 11 new cases of COVID-19, including a one-year-old child, bringing the total number to 208.
Mutahi Kagwe, cabinet secretary for health, said that the number is from 674 samples that have been tested by medical personnel in the last 24 hours.
"We have unfortunately lost one more patient in Nairobi, bringing the number of deaths to nine," Kagwe told journalists.
A city worker disinfects seesaws at a children's playground in the Andarai favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 13, 2020. (SILVIA IZQUIERDO / AP)
Brazil's total number of COVID-19 cases rose to 23,430, and the death toll climbed to 1,328, reaching a mortality rate of 5.7 percent, the Health Ministry said on Monday.
The total figures rose after 1,261 new infections were detected in the past 24 hours and 105 more people died.
In a television interview that aired late on Sunday, Brazil's health minister urged the government to speak with a unified voice in its fight against the virus, effectively calling out President Jair Bolsonaro for downplaying the threat ahead of what are likely to be the two toughest months for the outbreak.
"I hope we can speak with a single, unified message, because otherwise Brazilians end up doubting. They don't know whether to listen to the health minister, the president. Who should they listen to?" Health Minister Henrique Mandetta said.
The Brazilian government has banned non-indigenous people from entering tribal lands to stop the spread of the virus in their villages and will distribute masks, gloves, test kits and food to their communities, officials said.
So far, health authorities have reported three deaths of indigenous people.
Brazil likely has 12 times more cases of the coronavirus than are being officially reported by the government, with too little testing and long waits to confirm the results, according to a study released on Monday.
Researchers are now predicting that by April 20 the number of cases will grow to 25,164 in its most optimistic scenario and 60,413 cases in its most pessimistic.
Peru detected 2,265 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of people who have tested positive to 9,784, President Martin Vizcarra said on Monday.
According to Vizcarra, the high number of new cases is due to a significant increase in testing among the population.
Lockdown and social distancing measures will remain in place until April 26, and authorities will fine those who violate the quarantine or curfew, which runs from 6 pm to 4 am, the president said.
Argentina's capital Buenos Aires on Monday announced it was stepping up measures to curb the COVID-19 outbreak by making the wearing of face masks mandatory on public transit.
"As of midnight Tuesday, the use of face masks is going to be obligatory for everyone taking public transit, and for everyone in a position that deals with the public," Mayor Horacio Rodriguez Larreta told reporters at a press conference.
"This is due to evidence that two out of three people infected with the coronavirus do not present any symptoms," said Rodriguez.
Those who flout the new measure may be fined anywhere from 10,700 pesos to 79,180 pesos (or US$165 to US$1,223), or risk having their businesses closed.
Argentina has a total of 2,208 cases of COVID-19, of which 586 of them are in Buenos Aires.
Mexico registered 353 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, bringing its total to 5,014 cases and 332 deaths, the health ministry said.
Panama registered 72 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the country's total to 3,472 cases with 94 deaths, the health ministry said.
The Libyan National Center for Disease Control on Monday announced a fresh COVID-19 case, bringing the total number in the war-torn country to 26.
In a statement late Monday, the center said it tested 10 suspected samples, nine of which were negative and one positive.
In addition, nine have recovered from the disease and one died.
A total of 992 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Ireland on Monday, bringing the tally in the country to 10,647, according to the Irish Department of Health.
The department also reported another 31 deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 365 in Ireland.
Statistics show that by Monday Ireland has become the 12th European country whose confirmed cases of COVID-19 have surpassed 10,000.
A notice which reads "It is forbidden to stay on this square" is seen on the shore of Lake Murten in Murten, Switzerland, April 13, 2020. (ANTHONY ANEX / KEYSTONE VIA AP)
Switzerland reported 280 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, the smallest daily increase in three weeks.
Official data from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) showed that this was the fourth day of decline in new confirmed cases in the country.
As of Monday, there were a total of 25,580 COVID-19 confirmed cases in Switzerland, according to FOPH data.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Denmark has risen to 6,318, while the death toll increased to 285, according to the latest figures from the Statens Serum Institut (SSI), a governmental public health and research institution, on Monday.
As promised by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a press conference one week ago, daycares, kindergartens and elementary school of 0 to 5 grades, will be reopened from April 15 "if we keep the figures stable".
The Tunisian Health Ministry reported on Monday 19 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number in the country to 726.
The ministry added that 34 deaths from the coronavirus were reported in 13 out of the 24 provinces in the country.
Egypt reported on Monday 125 new COVID-19 infections and five deaths, bringing the death toll in the country to 164.
In a statement, spokesman for Egyptian Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said 41 patients, all Egyptians, recovered and left hospitals in the past 24 hours, while the number of the confirmed cases jumped to 2,190.
A total of 102 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Morocco on Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,763, said the Ministry of Health.
A total of 126 deaths from COVID-19 were reported while 203 patients have recovered, according to the ministry.
Meanwhile more than 13 million protective masks have been distributed so far in the country.
Morocco's mask production capacity has "exceeded the production of 3.2 million masks per day and will reach, as of Tuesday, 5 million units daily," minister of industry and trade Moulay Hafid Elalamy said.
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Monday said that the crisis of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country was likely to be contained later this month.
"The situation is under control and we are facing this pandemic thanks to the faith, the will and the combined efforts of all the parties," Tebboune told a group of doctors and nurses during his visit to the Beni Messous University Hospital in upper Algiers.
Head of COVID-19 Detection and Follow-up Commission Djamel Fourar told reporters that 20 more deaths and 69 new infections have been reported in Algeria in the past 24 hours.
Fourar said that the death toll has reached 313, while the total number of confirmed cases has soared to 1,984 in the country, adding that 601 patients have recovered.
Ecuador's Ministry of Public Health on Monday reported a total of 7,529 cases of COVID-19 and 355 deaths, most centered in the southwest province of Guayas, the epicenter of the country's outbreak.
The national mortality rate from COVID-19 could be higher as another 424 deaths were likely caused by the virus but have yet to be verified, Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo said in a televised press conference.
Through April 19, a red alert is in effect nationwide to maintain lockdown measures initially imposed on March 16, including a 15-hour curfew, and a ban on vehicle traffic (except for those delivering food or medicine) and on gatherings, Romo stressed.
Chile's Ministry of Health on Monday said 7,525 people have tested positive for the COVID-19 and 82 have died.
In the past 24 hours, 312 new infections were detected and two patients succumbed to the disease.
However, 2,367 of those who tested positive have recovered, bringing the number of active cases down to 5,158, health officials said at a press conference.
Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said Monday that as of Sunday evening, there were 189 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the entire UN system across the world, including three deaths.
Cameroonians on Monday began wearing face masks after authorities made mask-wearing mandatory in public spaces.
The Cameroonian government is planning a massive local production of masks, hand gels, and other materials to fight the virus, according to the government decree.
According to the latest report from the country's health authorities, as of April 12, Cameroon has reported 848 COVID-19 cases, making it one of the African countries worst hit by the pandemic.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Liberia has risen to 59, according to health officials on Monday.
The National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) said eight new cases were recorded within 24 hours, and six deaths have been recorded.
Djibouti on Monday reported 83 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the country's total to 298.
A total of 498 people were tested for the novel coronavirus over the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said.
It said 41 COVID-19 patients have recovered, five of whom in the past 24 hours.
Over the weekend, the Ministry of Health reported the second COVID-19 inflicted death in the Red Sea nation, after the country reported its first COVID-19 death on Thursday.
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