The total number of deaths of COVID-19 in the United States topped 9,000 as of 1.30 p.m. Sunday local time (1730 GMT). Cases rise in Germany and France also. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to declare a state of emergency in the country due to the recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Tokyo and other major cities…reports Asian Lite News
US death toll crosses 9,000
The total number of deaths of COVID-19 in the United States topped 9,000 as of 1.30 p.m. Sunday local time (1730 GMT), according to the data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
A total of 9,132 people have died of the pandemic among 321,762 confirmed cases in the country, the CSSE said, reported Xinhua news agency.
The state of New York suffered most deaths in the country, which stood at 4,159. Among other hard-hit states, New Jersey reported 846 fatalities, Michigan recorded 540 deaths, and California reported 324 deaths, according to the CSSE data.
Abe to declare Emergency
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to declare a state of emergency in the country due to the recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Tokyo and other major cities, government sources said on Monday.
Pressure had been mounting on Abe to make the declaration amid a surge in COVID-19 cases recently, with calls for the move from Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and the Japan Medical Association intensifying, reports Xinhua news agency.
The Tokyo metropolitan government along with healthcare specialists said the number of hospital beds available for coronavirus patients will soon reach capacity, with the health ministry rapidly trying to secure more.
A panel of government experts warned recently that the country’s healthcare system could collapse if coronavirus cases here continue to spike.
As of Sunday, 143 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Tokyo, a record daily high for the capital, bringing the total to 1,034, with Japan’s health ministry and local governments adding that nationwide cases had risen to 3,531 as of Sunday afternoon.
Iran to ease restrictions
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the existing restrictions imposed to curb the COVID-19 spread in the country would be eased gradually in the following weeks, official IRNA news agency reported.
The authorities have decided to ease some restrictions implemented in the country over the past days, Rouhani said in a meeting of the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.
Low-risk businesses will resume their activities from April 11 in different provinces except Tehran and from April 18 in Tehran, said Rouhani.
“Two thirds of all government employees will work in the office from next Saturday (April 11),” the Iranian president added.
Iran has so far reported 58,226 COVID-19 cases, of whom 3,603 have died.
Germany – cases 90,000
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Germany climbed to 91,714 as of 0:00 local time on Sunday, with a death toll of 1,342, according to data from Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the country’s disease control authority.
The confirmed cases were 5,936 more than the previous day, reported Xinhua news agency.
Meanwhile, the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) on Sunday called on the federal government to introduce a second aid package to support the economy, according to the German Press Agency (DPA).
On March 25, German parliament approved a historic 750-billion-euro (US $810 billion) aid package to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy.
DPA quoted DIHK President Eric Schweitzer as saying that the economy is suffering more from the pandemic than it was in mid-March and that “the chain reactions are increasing across the economy.”
With the total coronavirus fatalities swelling to 8,078 while the number of critically-ill patients increasing less rapidly, French authorities warned that the virus “continues to hit hard,” urging people to continue to respect the confinement.
The number of patients who died in the country’s hospitals rose by 357 to 5,889 on Sunday. The one-day increase was less than 441 registered on Saturday and the record of 588 on Friday, according to the Health Ministry, Xinhua news agency reported.
In addition, the counting by elderly nursing homes across the country found that there were 2,189 deaths since March 1, the ministry said in a press release.
A total of 70,478 people have been tested positive for coronavirus since the start of the epidemic. The number of “confirmed or possible” cases in nursing homes rose to 22,361.
Some 28,891 people are hospitalized, among them 6,978 need life support in intensive care units (ICU), up by 140, a smaller increase compared with 176 recorded a day before.
Libya’s former PM dies from Corona
Libyan former Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril died in the Egyptian capital Cairo from COVID-19 at the age of 68, a Libyan source in Cairo said.
“Jibril actually died on Saturday late night, days after his infection with the novel coronavirus,” the source told Xinhua news agency on Sunday.
The late Libyan official, whose death was officially announced on Sunday, spent 10 days at an isolation hospital in Cairo before his death, according to the source.
Jibril was the head of the National Forces Alliance, a coalition of Libyan liberal parties formed in 2012, a year after the ouster and killing of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.