Saturday, 04 April, 2020

Spain overtakes China as coronavirus death toll soars

The historic Red Fort in the old quarters of New Delhi in advance of the nationwide lockdown The historic Red Fort in the old quarters of New Delhi in advance of the nationwide lockdown
Deanna Wagner | 25 March, 2020, 20:20

Figures released by the health ministry on Wednesday show that in just 24 hours, Spain's national death toll rose by 738.

Spain now stands behind China - where the virus was first detected late previous year - Italy and the United States for most coronavirus infections.

In Spain, deaths shot up by more than 700 in a day.

Spain has at least 47,610 coronavirus cases, the country's Ministry of Health says.

Cases edged up in countries with fragile health care systems.

On Monday, soldiers in Spain brought in to tackle the outbreak found retirement home patients abandoned and even dead in their beds.

Madrid has had to repurpose the giant ice rink of the Palacio de Hielo as a storage facility for the bodies that city morgues have no capacity to collect and bury.

Chennai: Seeking to provide succour for people whose livelihood has taken a hit due to preventive measures against coronavirus, the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday announced a Rs 3,280 crore special relief package, including Rs 1,000 each cash assistance to rice ration card holders, autorickshaw drivers and construction workers.

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The move comes after Saudi Arabia on Sunday said the number of COVID-19 cases had jumped to 511, the highest in the Gulf. Those who work in important positions in public and private sectors are exempted from the curfew.

There are total 12 positive cases of coronavirus in Tamil Nadu so far.

What is the situation across Europe?

Deaths linked to COVID-19 in the United States now total more than 800, including almost 200 in New York City alone, according to a database kept by Johns Hopkins.

The G20 major economies will hold an emergency videoconference summit on Thursday to discuss a global response to the crisis, as will the 27 leaders of the European Union, the outbreak's new epicentre.

He said Spain made the request to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation which would pass it on to the member-states' armies.

Italy has increased punishments for breaking virus control measures, including fines of thousands of euros and five-year prison terms for anyone who tests positive and breaks their quarantine.

India's stay-at-home order is now the biggest, and Russian Federation will follow suit, with President Vladimir Putin declaring next week a public holiday and postponing a public vote on constitutional reforms.