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– British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care, Japan declared a national emergency.
– Spain records an increasing number of daily coronavirus cases and deaths.
– Cambodian leaders call for a ban on fish and rice exports.
– Indonesia estimates 95,000 viral infections by the end of next month.
MADRID – Spain has again noted an increase in daily coronavirus infections and deaths for the first time in five days, results that are consistent with the previous Tuesday when stacks of tests and deaths were reported.
With 743 new deaths in the past 24 hours, around 100 more than seen deaths from Sunday to Monday, Spain’s death toll is close to 13,800 since the start of the pandemic, Ministry of Health data show. Total confirmed infections rose by more than 140,000, with 5,478 new on Tuesday, 1,000 more than on Monday. Both figures have declined since April 2.
The authorities have said that strengthening the spread of the arc would be a long process but they have pinned their hopes on how the pressure is easing in hospitals, mostly in the emergency ward.
As part of the reduction measures debated over the coming weeks, the Spanish left-wing government wants to test 30,000 households to draw a national map of the outbreak. The aim is to measure how much the virus spreads outside hospitals and nursing homes, which have become a large contagion group.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchéz’s cabinet is expected to approve new measures Tuesday to reduce the economic and social impact of the pandemic, including subsidies for farmers and the flexibility to temporarily hire migrant workers to harvest vegetables and fruits.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Cambodian leader said he ordered a ban on exports of rice and fish to ensure there was no local shortage of staple food during the coronavirus crisis.
Prime Minister Hun Sen said he wanted to ensure there was an adequate supply of salt and noodles too. He urged Cambodians to grow vegetables and other crops to supply the local market “during this difficult time.”
The expensive gourmet rice varieties that Cambodia contracts to sell abroad are exempt from export bans.
Hun Sen, who spoke Tuesday, also announced that the Lunar New Year holiday scheduled for April 13-16 has been canceled to reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19.
“It will not be good at all for them if they are very happy during the New Year days, but start mourning after the New Year when they hold funeral ceremonies,” he said.
Hun Sen in February doubted that the corona virus would affect Cambodia, but as the case escalated, he had imposed restrictions on meetings and travel and welcomed medical assistance and experts from China.
JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Indonesian government has estimated that a new coronavirus can infect around 95,000 people in the country next month because the virus has spread rapidly in the past month.
Indonesia marked the biggest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since the country announced its first two cases early last month: 247 people tested positive on Tuesday, bringing the country to add 2,738 cases.
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati revealed a dire estimate during a hearing with the House’s Commission XI which oversees economic problems in parliament on Monday to discuss the strategic steps needed to curb the peak of virus transmission.
He said the estimate was discussed at a cabinet meeting held by President Joko Widodo previously based on projections by state intelligence agencies and academic experts.
Widodo has declared a national health emergency and ordered a large-scale social occupation to curb the spread of the new corona virus in the island nation, which is home to nearly 270 million.
While Indonesia’s death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak was at 221 on Tuesday, it marked the highest in Asia after China.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Denmark says it plans to reopen kindergartens and primary schools next week for students up to 11 years of age in the gradual removal of the country’s coronavirus.
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said late Monday that his government plans to open schools for younger students to fifth grade first because the requirements to care for them are a greater burden on society. Reopening is planned for April 15.
He said restaurants, bars and cafes will remain closed for now. Also churches, libraries, sports venues and shopping centers will remain closed until at least May 10.
Denmark will remain in control of the border and ban the gathering of more than 10 people at least until May 10.
Frederiksen stressed the announced easing of the gradual locking would occur only if the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases remained stable and there was no large increase at Easter.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The Dutch government says that homeowners who struggle to pay their mortgages because of the coronavirus crisis will not be evicted.
Banks, housing organizations, and the ministry of environment and housing issued a statement Tuesday promising not to evict people from their homes in the coming months because of restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus causing devastating economic damage.
If people whose income is hammered by steps cannot make monthly payments, “mortgage providers along with homeowners will find a solution” and not force them to sell their homes, the statement said.
The exception to appointments without eviction is if someone is found to be carrying out illegal activities in their home, such as a drug laboratory.
SEOUL, South Korea – The South Korean professional baseball league said it hoped to start an inter-team training match on April 21 before possibly opening the season in early May.
The Korean Baseball Organization said on Tuesday the plan depended on the country’s slowing burden of the corona virus.
KBO will advise players to wear masks in the dressing room and ask them to download a smartphone application to report their daily health status to league officials.
South Korea reported 47 new cases for the second day in a row on Tuesday, the smallest daily jump since February 20, as infections continue to decrease in the worst city of Daegu. The country reports around 500 new cases per day in early March.
KBO announced last month that they are delaying the start of the season, but still hope to maintain a regular 144-match season schedule.
BEIJING – (ANTARA News) – China and Russia have closed their land borders and river ports near Vladivostok following the discovery of 59 new confirmed cases of the corona virus among Chinese citizens who returned home through the crossing.
Starting Tuesday, all Chinese citizens who arrive in the border region on Russian domestic flights will be forced to undergo quarantine for 14 days, according to a notice posted on the Chinese consulate’s website in Vladivostok.
Only those holding special permits will then be allowed to travel on the Russian side of the border region, the notice said. It is unclear whether the right holders will be able to cross into China.
In addition, all guesthouses, nursing homes, on the Russian side of the border region will also be closed to outsiders until June 1, the notification said.
“Here, the consulate general strongly recommends and reminds relevant Chinese citizens to fully consider the situation above” and not try to return to China through the border crossing, the notice said.
JOHANNESBURG – The African continent now has more than 10,000 cases of the corona virus. That’s according to the African Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fifty-two of 54 African countries now have the virus, with the island state of Sao Tome e Principe the latest to confirm the case.
Only the small kingdom of Lesotho and the island state of Comoros has not yet confirmed the case. South Africa has the most cases on this continent with more than 1,600.
The lack of testing capability across the continent has raised concerns that the number of actual cases in Africa could be higher.
MOSCOW – The Russian government registered more than 1,000 new cases of the corona virus within 24 hours for the first time since the outbreak.
The government’s coronavirus task force reported 1,154 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 7,497, with 58 deaths and 494 recovery.
The epidemic in Russia accelerated in March, with the number of cases growing exponentially and multiplying every few days.
To stop the plague, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered everyone not to work this month, with only important businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. Operating. Most of Russia is now locked up, ordering residents to stay away from home and not go out, except if they want to buy food, medicines, take a walk with their dogs or take out the trash.
LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent the night in an intensive care unit in a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms dramatically worsened.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove told the BBC that Johnson received oxygen but did not use a ventilator.
Gove said that he “received the very, very best care from the team at St. Thomas’ and our hopes and prayers were with him and with his family.”
The 55-year-old Conservative leader was treated at St. Hospital. Thomas on Sunday night, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19, the first world leader to be confirmed to have the virus.
He was transferred to intensive care after his condition worsened on Monday.
Britain has no official deputy prime minister, but Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has been appointed to take over if Johnson becomes incapable.
SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea said it would soon announce guidelines for hospitals on treating coronavirus experimental using blood donated from survivors.
Kwon Jun-wook, an official from the South Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Tuesday the guidelines would draw from the country’s experience with similar treatments in patients infected with the MERS virus during the outbreak in 2015.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, discovered in 2012, is caused by a coronavirus in the same family as the common cold, SARS and a new virus that causes COVID-19 disease. The 2015 outbreak killed 36 people and made nearly 200 people sick in South Korea.
Kwon said officials were examining the recent recovery of two elderly COVID-19 patients in a hospital in Seoul that had been infused with surviving plasma – a liquid part of the blood containing antibodies – after other treatment efforts failed to improve their condition.
He warned there was still no guarantee that plasma treatment would work, and that health authorities and civilian experts continued to debate its effectiveness.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand has decided there is a miracle in the world after officially declaring children’s favorite Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy are important workers.
That means they can continue their work while others stay at home for a month.
“You will be pleased to know that we regard the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny as important workers,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. “But, as you can imagine right now, of course, they will potentially be quite busy at home with their families and their own rabbits.”
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