The coronavirus death toll in the UK rose by 563 in 24 hours, according to the health ministy, a record jump that brought the number of patients who died in hospital to 2,352.
The announcement on Wednesday came as Spain recorded its highest daily death toll – another 864 people – while infections jumped to 102,136, up from 94,417.
In the United States, the death toll has exceeded 4,000 and the number of confirmed cases surpassed 200,000.
Meanwhile, Iran’s death toll exceeded 3,000 with 138 new fatalities as the the United Nations chief warned the pandemic is the “worst crisis” to face the world since World War II.
Globally, more than 44,000 people have died, about 900,000 have been diagnosed with the virus, and some 190,000 have recovered, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the latest updates:
Wednesday, April 1
20:58 GMT – UK Prime Minister: ‘Sad, sad day’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson lamented the latest coronavirus data that showed a record increase of deaths in Britain, saying it was a “sad, sad day” as fatalities rose by 563.
“Let’s be in no doubt this has been a sad, sad day,” Johnson said in a video message posted on Twitter.
“But let’s be in no doubt that if we can follow the programme that we are currently set upon, if we can comply with the measures that we’ve embarked on together, then I have absolutely no doubt that we will begin to start to push those numbers down.”
20:52 GMT – Climate summit postponed
A climate summit that had been due to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak, Finland said.
“Glasgow’s COP26 climate conference will move from November to next year due to the global coronavirus situation,” said a statement from Finland’s environment ministry, which quoted UN climate officials.
20:21 GMT – Eritrea announces 21-day lockdown to fight coronavirus
Eritrea has ordered citizens to remain in their homes for three weeks, starting from Thursday.
Officials in the country have reported 18 cases of COVID-19 so far, including one person who contracted the disease in Eritrea “without any history of foreign travel”, a statement by a national COVID-19 taskforce said.
Since announcing its first case on March 21, the government has already banned commercial flights, closed schools and halted public transport.
But these steps have been “vexingly inadequate”, the taskforce said, urging “much more stringent measures”.
20:18 GMT – Sierra Leone declares three-day lockdown
Sierra Leone’s government has announced a three-day lockdown, which will come into effect on Sunday.
The announcement came after health authorities announced a second coronavirus case, in a doctor working in a hospital in the capital, Freetown.
“Health workers will be provided with face masks,” said Defence Minister Kellie Conteh, the coronavirus coordinator, who added that citizens should strive to wear masks too.
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20:11 GMT – US surpasses 200,000 cases
The US exceeded 200,000 novel coronavirus cases, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.
The pandemic has claimed the lives of at least 4,361 people in the country, which leads the world in the number of confirmed infections with 203,608.
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19:45 GMT – Turkish lira at crisis levels
Turkey’s lira slid one percent to levels last touched during the worst of the 2018 currency crisis as the coronavirus pandemic began weighing on manufacturing and trade.
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19:27 GMT – Duterte warns against violating lockdown
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned he would order the country’s police and military to shoot dead anyone “who creates trouble” during a month-long lockdown of the island of Luzon enforced to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
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19:11 GMT – France reports new deaths
France has reported 509 more deaths from the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 4,032.
18:44 GMT – WHO’s Tedros ‘deeply concerned’
Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he is “deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread” of the coronavirus infection.
There has been a “near exponential growth” in the number of number of new cases, he said, adding that in the next few days the global number of infections will reach one million – and 50,000 deaths.
18:02 GMT – Turkey reports new deaths, cases
Turkey’s health minister reported 63 new deaths because of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 277.
The health official said that there are 2,148 new cases of the virus, adding that the disease has reached to each of the country’s 81 provinces.
17:45 GMT – Kenyan president apologises for police violence
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has apologised for violence by the police following the enforcement of a nationwide curfew last week.
The police have been accused of using heavy-handed tactics to enforce the dusk-to-dawn curfew.
Read more here.
17:42 GMT – Albania extends lockdown until end of outbreak
Albanian schools, cafes, restaurants and other public venues will remain shut and restrictions on social and economic activity will stay in place till the end of the coronavirus outbreak, Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu said.
The order effectively extends a lockdown, in force since mid-March, that had been due to end on April 3.
The Health Ministry reported 16 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total in the small Balkan nation of 2.8 million people to 259.
17:34 GMT – Putin grants government emergency powers
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation to allow the government to declare a state of national emergency in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus.
Only the president can declare a state of emergency after he has formally received the support of the upper house of parliament, but lawmakers on Tuesday passed legislation granting the cabinet of ministers the same emergency powers.
17:17 GMT – Italy reports new cases, fatalities
The death toll from the coronavirus in Italy has climbed by 727 to 13,155, the Civil Protection Agency said, a significantly smaller increase than seen on Tuesday and the lowest daily tally since March 26.
However, the number of new cases rose more sharply than a day earlier, growing by 4,782 against a previous 4,053, bringing total infections since the outbreak came to light on February 21 to 110,574.
17:13 GMT – Brazil reports first indigenous coronavirus case
An indigenous woman in a village deep in the Amazon rainforest has contracted the coronavirus, the first case reported among Brazil’s more than 300 tribes, the Health Ministry’s indigenous health service Sesai said.
The 19-year-old woman from the Kokama tribe tested positive for the virus in the district of Santo Antonio do Içá, located near the border with Colombia some 880 km (550 miles) up the Amazon river from the state capital Manaus.
“Unfortunately, we have an indigenous person with the virus,” said a Sesait spokeswoman by telephone.
17:08 GMT – Lebanese currency weakens further amid lockdown
The Lebanese pound is now worth 47 percent less on parallel markets than it is on the official exchange rate.