COVID19: 10 COUNTRIES, 10 UPDATES

The Palestine Chronicle (Palestine): Israeli forces demolish emergency coronavirus clinic for Palestinians

Gaza: Israeli forces last Thursday entered a Palestinian village in the northern Jordan Valley to confiscate materials designated to build a clinic to deal with the novel coronavirus outbreak. Officials from the Israeli Civil Administration came to the village of Khirbet Ibziq with a military escort, bulldozer and two trucks equipped with cranes on Thursday morning to demolish community clinic and emergency housing, according to Israeli human rights monitor Btselem.

The NY Times (US): Trump says peak of deaths in US will be in 2 weeks

New York: President Donald Trump said Sunday that the peak death rate in the United States from the coronavirus pandemic was likely to hit in two weeks and extended “social distancing” guidelines until April 30. “Easter should be the peak number,” Trump said of the Christian holiday which falls on April 12. “The modelling estimates that the peak in death rate is likely to hit in two weeks,” the president said during a televised briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House. “It should start coming down – and hopefully very substantially – from that point,” he said.

The Local (Italy) : New restrictions on people entering Italy

Rome: Anyone entering Italy must declare their presence to the authorities and spend two weeks in quarantine, under the latest restrictions imposed by the Italian government to halt the spread of the new coronavirus.

Tehran Times (Iran): Century-old Iranian man recovers from coronavirus

Tehran: A 101-year-old man in Iran’s northern Golestan province was released from the hospital Saturday after recovering from the coronavirus. Having chronic respiratory problems, he referred to the hospital 20 days ago and was tested positive for the coronavirus, IRNA reported. He was released to his family after making a recovery. The total number of people diagnosed with the coronavirus in Ian has reached 38,309, of whom 2,640 have died and 12,391 recovered.

EL PAIS (Spain): Spain registers slight decrease in daily deaths

Madrid: Spain has registered 812 deaths from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, 12.44% more than on Sunday, which represents a slight decrease in the number of deaths per day for the fifth consecutive day, according to data provided this Monday by the Ministry of Health. In total, 7,340 people have died since the start of the pandemic. The same decreasing trend is observed in the number of confirmed cases since Sunday, 6,398 (8.12% more), up to a total of 85,195. In this way, it surpasses China in the number of notified infected, with almost 4,000 more people.

ARAB NEWS (Saudi Arabia): Travel bans extended as four new coronavirus deaths announced in Saudi Arabia

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia extended the suspension of international and internal flights as well as work in the private and public sectors until further notice as coronavirus cases rose to 1,299 — in addition to four new deaths — the Health Ministry announced on Sunday. The government has also banned entry and exit to the city of Jeddah and extended curfew hours to start at 3 p.m. local time. The same precautionary measure were imposed earlier on the cities of Qatif, Riyadh, Makkah and Madinah.

DAWN (Pakistan): Locally transmitted coronavirus cases continue to increase in Karachi

Islamabad: Sindh government reported six new locally transmitted cases of the novel coronavirus in Karachi on Monday, taking the provincial tally up to 508. According to Meeran Yousuf, media coordinator to the health and population welfare minister, there are a total of 177 cases of local transmission. Overall in the country, 1664 cases have tested positive with 21 deaths.

The Guardian (UK): One in four NHS doctors are off work sick or in isolation

London: Around one in four NHS doctors have been signed off from work sick or in isolation, the head of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has said. Prof Andrew Goddard, president of the RCP, told the PA news agency that about 25% of doctors are off work, either because they have contracted coronavirus or because a family member or housemate is ill. He said: At the moment, we think it’s more doctors self-isolating with family members, though there are some off sick themselves. This is really impacting a lot in emergency departments and London is in a much worse position than elsewhere at the moment, but it will come to other places. Birmingham is also struggling.” Goddard said that hospital wards across England are “going from normal wards to Covid wards very quickly”.

NEWAGE (Bangladesh): Six die with coronavirus symptoms, no new case reported in Bangladesh

Dhaka: At least six more people died with symptoms similar to that of COVID-19  — one in Khulna, two in Barishal, one in Rajshahi, one in Manikganj and one in Lalmonirhat — on Sunday and Saturday night, though no tests were done to determine contagion before their deaths. Three of the six patients were treated at isolation centres at hospitals in the districts and others were denied treatment, doctors and family sources said. The deaths were reported at a time when the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research said that they did not find any new case in two consecutive days. ‘We have no new cases and no new deaths have been reported in the last two days,’ said IEDCR director Meerjady Sabrina Meerjady in an online news briefing on Sunday.

Middle East Monitor: Syria reports first coronavirus death

Damascus: Syria’s Ministry of Health has reported the death of a woman due to the coronavirus pandemic yesterday, making her the first patient to die from the illness in the country. With the cause of her death being initially unknown, doctors confirmed that she was infected with the virus after they ran the post-mortem tests. According to the state-owned Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the Ministry of Health stated that: “A woman died as soon as she had arrived at a hospital as an emergency case, and after conducting a test on a sample from her, it was clear she had coronavirus.” While the Syrian regime of President Bashar Al-Assad has claimed that four new cases have been spotted and that the total number of cases is 10, there are serious reports and concerns that it has covered up a significant amount of infection cases, with the total number reportedly being 57.

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