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- Global cases: at least 1,602,885.
- Global deaths: at least 95,745.
- Most cases reported: United States (466,299), Spain (153,222), Italy (143,626), France (118,785), Germany (118,235).
The above data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University from 4:05 pm. Beijing time.
All times below are Beijing time.
18:00: daily death toll in Spain decreases again
The daily rise in coronavirus deaths in Spain slowed again on Friday, with the Spanish health ministry confirming 605 deaths in the last 24 hours to bring the total loss of life to 15,843.
The total number of confirmed cases in the world's second most affected country rose to 157,022 on Friday, from 152,446 on Thursday. – Elliot Smith
17:50: USA now has the second highest number of coronavirus deaths
The death toll in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic reached 16,686 on Friday, making it the second largest in the world, behind Italy, where 18,279 people died from the virus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. – Elliot Smith
16:00: Russia records record daily increase in coronavirus cases
Russia registered 1,786 new cases on Friday, a record daily increase that brings the total number of confirmed cases to more than 11,900, according to official Russian government data.
In a televised speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced an extension of the "week off" across the country to April 30, according to the Moscow Times. – Elliot Smith
3:50 pm: War-torn Yemen reports first coronavirus case
Yemen, a country already devastated by a protracted war that has damaged its health system, confirmed its first case of coronavirus on Friday.
The news follows a two-week ceasefire announcement by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen, which has not yet agreed to lay down its arms to face the pandemic. – Elliot Smith
2:30 pm: Canada and France say donations of coronavirus masks will not influence decisions at Huawei and 5G
Canada and France denied this week that donations of Huawei masks would influence their decisions about whether the Chinese company plays a role in its 5G implementations.
The Chinese tech giant, caught in the crossfire of a major trade and technology battle between the United States and China, quietly gave masks to several countries around the world. Huawei has been accused by at least one U.S. congressman of using donations to gain favor when it comes to participating in 5G.
Huawei is in the process of giving Canada 6 million masks, along with other personal protective equipment, that of Toronto. Globe and mail reported this week. – Arjun Kharpal
13:15: New cases in Germany jump 5,323
The number of new confirmed cases in Germany has continued the upward trend in recent days. Infections increased by 5,323 in the last 24 hours, to a total of 113,525, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases.
The number of additional deaths increased by 266, to a total of 2,373. – Weizhen Tan
12:20: coronavirus pandemic will cause & # 39; a much bigger wave & # 39; of protectionism, says trade expert
Governments around the world will become increasingly protectionist in the short term as they try to limit the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, a trade expert said on Thursday.
COVID-19 has already spread to more than 180 countries and territories and has caused some countries to restrict exports of medical supplies – this is a decision that could spread to other areas like food products, said Deborah Elms, executive director of the consultancy Asian Trade Center.
"There is a much bigger wave of protectionism in the short term that we should expect, which is not just in medical supplies … but it will also start to affect food," she told CNBC's Capital Connection. – Yen Nee Lee
11:25: Coronavirus outbreak gives China's public health the necessary boost
Be it new policies, capital or even a school, the outbreak of what is officially called COVID-19 has intensified national attention on the inadequacy of China's public health infrastructure, from hospital beds to medical specialization.
The challenges of health care are global and are not limited to China, which has been criticized for the early cover-up of the highly contagious disease and for recent attempts to divert its origin from the country.
"I believe that the current crisis is so serious that it will change the public priority in relation to the health sector," says Joachim von Amsberg, vice president for policy and strategy at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, based in Beijing. – Evelyn Cheng
10:55: Outbreak in Chicago prison
A sign asking for help hangs from a window at the Cook County prison complex on April 9, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Hundreds of coronavirus cases in prison have been reported.
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About 450 prisoners and officials from Chicago's largest prison have reported positive results, according to a Reuters report citing county correction officials. This represented one of the country's biggest outbreaks in a single location so far.
The spate of cases came into focus earlier this week when prisoners from Cook County Jail posted handwritten signs asking for help in their cell windows, which look out onto a public street, according to the report.
Measures are being taken, officials said. This includes a 500-bed quarantine facility for prisoners. – Weizhen Tan
9:55 am: South Korea records 27 new cases, 4 deaths
The number of infections in South Korea continued to slow, with the country registering 27 new cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Korea. There were four more deaths.
The city of Daegu, which was the epicenter of South Korea and had huge spikes in cases during the height of the pandemic, did not register any new cases.
This brings the country's total to 10,450 cases and 208 deaths. – Weizhen Tan
9:10 am: Trump says aid to farmers will be accelerated
US President Donald Trump said he had instructed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to "speed up aid" to farmers who were hit by the impact of the pandemic.
Trump added that he also told Perdue to "use all the funds and authorities at his disposal" to ensure that the country's food supply is "stable, strong and secure". – Weizhen Tan
8:10: Mexico says new cases increase 260
New cases in Mexico increased by 260, bringing the country's total to 3,441 cases, the Ministry of Health reported, according to Reuters. There were a total of 194 deaths.
The country also recorded its first two deaths of pregnant women who died of the coronavirus, one of whom gave birth before dying, the Ministry of Health said, according to the report. – Weizhen Tan
07:55: China reports 42 new cases, plus 1 death
The National Health Commission of China (NHC) said there were 42 new confirmed cases on April 9, of which 38 were attributed to travelers from abroad. That brings the country's total to 81,907 cases, the NHC said.
There was a new death, bringing China's total death toll to 3,336, according to the NHC.
Separately, there were 47 new asymptomatic cases, in which people tested positive for the virus, but showed no symptoms. This brings the number of asymptomatic cases currently under medical observation to 1,097, the NHC said. – Weizhen Tan
Travelers walk to the exit of Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, Hubei Province, central China, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, after 76 days of city blockade due to Covid-19.
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18:48: Amazon says it may soon start testing some warehouse workers for coronavirus
Amazon said it is working on developing coronavirus tests that can be used to help protect warehouse workers, who are particularly exposed to the disease.
In a blog post, the company said it has started to build "incremental testing capacity" that can result in "regular testing of all employees, including those who have no symptoms".
Amazon said it had mobilized employees across the company, including scientists, program managers, purchasing experts and software engineers, to form a dedicated team that will work on developing coronavirus tests. The team is in its early stages, having obtained the necessary equipment to build its first laboratory, said Amazon.
When the work is underway, the hope is "to start testing small numbers of our frontline employees soon," said Amazon. "We are not sure how far we will go in the relevant timeframe, but we think it is worth trying and we are ready to share everything we have learned with others." – Annie Palmer
18:31: JPMorgan now sees the economy contracting by 40% in the second quarter, and unemployment reaching 20%
JPMorgan economists issued an even more dire forecast, now predicting a 40% decline in the country's gross domestic product in the second quarter and an increase in the April unemployment rate to 20%, with 25 million jobs lost.
In an earlier forecast, they said that second-quarter GDP would drop 25%.
Economists, however, continue to see a recovery in the second half, based on the assumption that pandemic disruptions disappear by June. They note that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits totaled 16.8 million in just three weeks.
"With these data in hand, we think the April jobs report could indicate about 25 million jobs lost since the week of the March survey and an unemployment rate of around 20%," they wrote, "given what was expected. number of hours worked this quarter, we now look at -40.0% of real annualized GDP growth in 2Q, down from -25.0% previously. "—Patti Domm
5:45 pm: EU ministers reach agreement on rescue plan for half a trillion euros in coronavirus
European Union finance ministers agreed on Thursday to half a trillion euros in support of their coronavirus-stricken economies, after weeks of discussions that exposed the bloc's painful divisions en route to a sharp recession.
EU power Germany, as well as France, …