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Coronavirus would kill more Americans than World War : White House Projection

United States of America while addressing public mentioned that fighting against coronavirus pandemic is similar to fight in a war. Covid-19 outbreak would kill more Americans this year then some of the war another state of Art in the past which includes World War 1 Vietnam and Korean Conflicts.

Production released by White House states that coronavirus could be the the leading cause of current US people takes after the heart disease and cancer. Food estimate leak kill people more than 1 lakh to 22.4 lakh American this year even though social distancing and other mitigation are followed.

This could be help of bad two weeks

President of United States of America Donald Trump said at White House briefing Tuesday

As of 2nd April 2020 United States of America recorded the highest number of Total cases which Doubles when compared to Italy. USA records total case for 215344 death rate raised to 5112. The death rate is eventually low when compared to arteries death rate ratio against total cases recorded.

China where the virus claim to started for now recorder to be the fourth place after USA Italy and Spain. President Donald Trump says that Corona virus cases number issued by China is highly doubtful.

Tablighi Jamaat: The group blamed for new Covid-19 outbreak in India

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Image caption Almost 400 cases of Covid-19 have been traced to a Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi

The Tablighi Jamaat have come into the spotlight after an event they held in the Indian capital Delhi has spawned a number of Covid-19 clusters across the country. But exactly who is this group and why did they hold a big gathering in Delhi? BBC Hindi’s Zubair Ahmed reports.

Who are the Tablighi Jamaat?

The organisation was founded in 1926 in the northern Indian region of Mewat by prominent Islamic scholar Maulana Mohammed Ilyas Kandhlawi.

Its aim was to inculcate “true” Islam among the “Umma” (Global Islamic community) – many Muslims at the time felt that their political and religious identities were being compromised under the British Raj.

The organisation flourished in what was then undivided India. This did not change when the country was partitioned after independence in 1947. It has a strong following in both Pakistan and Bangladesh.

What is its mission?

The Jamaat’s founder, Mohammed Ilyas, once famously said, “Oh Muslims be good Muslims” – and that is in essence, the organisation’s main objective – to promote the ideals of Islam among Muslims.

Its members claim that it is a non-political organisation which aims to build an Islamic society based on the teachings of the Koran.

The Jamaat sends out delegates to different countries for 40 days a year and sometimes for shorter durations. The preachers believe in person-to-person contact, so they knock on the doors of ordinary Muslims to give them the message of Islam.

What happened in Delhi?

The Delhi conference, an annual event, was inaugurated on 3 March though there are differing accounts of when it may have ended. What is clear is that once it ended many people – including 250 foreigners – chose to stay on.

It is thought that some of them were carrying the Covid-19 infection, that has now been transported across the country.

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Image caption Everyone inside the organisation’s building in Delhi were evacuated

One of its members, Waseem Ahmed, told BBC Hindi that hundreds of delegates left before the lockdown came into effect on 24 March, but that more than 1,000 followers, including many foreigners, got stranded, as all modes of transport and international flights were cancelled.

Since then, police have cleared out the hostel where these foreign nationals were staying and quarantined them in another location in Delhi. Efforts are now on in every state to trace and test people who were at the event as the number of Covid-19 cases linked to the event steadily rises. On Thursday morning, local media put that number at 389.

How large is the group?

Tablighi Jamaat is now a global religious movement, with followers in more than 80 countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia and the US.

The Jamaat has its own headquarters in every country it operates in, but its global spiritual centre remains the Markaz (centre) in Delhi.

This is housed in a multi-storey building in Nizamuddin, a prominently Muslim residential area in Delhi. The Markaz comprises a mosque and dormitories that can accommodate 5,000 people.

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Image caption The Biswa Ijtema in Bangladesh is one of the largest gatherings of Muslims in the world

The Jamaat also organises big events in other countries.

In Bangladesh, it holds an event called the Biswa Ijtema which is believed to be the second-largest gathering of Muslims in the world after the Haj.

The group also has some famous South Asian personalities as its followers.

Some of its more famous followers include members of Pakistan’s national cricket team, including 90s batting stars Shahid Afridi and Inzamam ul-Haq. South African cricketer Hashim Amla is also a follower.

Former Pakistani Presidents, Farooq Legari and Mohammed Rafiq Tarar were also believed to be the followers while former Indian president Dr Zakir Hussain was also associated with the movement.

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Coronavirus: Artania cruise ship stand-off continues in Australia

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Image caption The ship has been docked at Fremantle in Western Australia

A German cruise ship is defying orders to leave a port in Western Australia following a coronavirus outbreak onboard, local media report.

The Australian Border Force ordered the Artania to depart Fremantle after most of the ship’s passengers were evacuated and flown home.

But around 450 people remain on board, most of them crew.

They are reportedly asking to remain docked for another two weeks to ensure there are no further cases.

Dozens of people travelling on the ship were found to have contracted coronavirus and are being treated in Australian hospitals, including seven in intensive care.

Only 12 passengers who were too unwell to fly are still on the ship, Australian media report.

The case has become highly controversial, with many locals saying people from the ship who are being treated in hospital are taking up capacity that should be reserved for Australians falling ill with Covid-19.

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has called on the federal government to force the ship to leave Australian waters.

“If the ship needs to be cleaned, well, clean it and then get it on its way,” he said.

However, Attorney General Christian Porter told 6PR radio that while the ship was the subject of an order to leave the port authorities still had a “’humanitarian obligation” towards the remaining passengers.

There have been 4,862 cases of COVID-19 in Australia with at least 20 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

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Coronavirus threatens Myanmar’s most vulnerable in displacement camps

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Image caption Displaced communities in Myanmar are especially vulnerable to the virus

An estimated 350,000 displaced people across Myanmar are “sitting in the path of a public health catastrophe”, says rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Overcrowding, movement restrictions and poor sanitation have left these groups especially vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak, HRW said.

Myanmar had its first infections last week and its first death on Monday.

A government official had previously claimed the country’s “lifestyle and diet” protected its people.

Myanmar, which is home to around 51 million people, has a poor healthcare system.

A large percentage of the population does not have access to even basic healthcare, Associate Professor Nehginpao Kipgen of the Jindal School of International Affairs told BBC News – much less those who are displaced.

People living in camps often struggle to get even basic access to clean water and other essential services.

“Health conditions are already disastrous for displaced people in Rakhine, Kachin, and northern Shan camps, and now Covid-19 is threatening to decimate these vulnerable communities,” said Brad Adams, Asia director of HRW.

UK-based charity organisation Oxfam shared some insight into the situation at one camp in Rakhine state – and how difficult it would be under normal circumstances to get treatment.

“If someone falls ill and needs more specialised care, they must seek and receive official permission, which often takes a few days… [and] pay for a security escort to travel with them to the hospital,” said the organisation in a statement.

The potential to ‘decimate’ communities

Waves of communal violence in Myanmar have displaced tens of thousands of people, many from the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority.

According to a report published on Monday by HRW, around 130,000 Muslims in Rakhine state live in open-air detention camps, with extremely restricted access to health facilities, none of which have Covid-19 testing facilities.

The report says that in such camps, one toilet is shared by as many as 40 people, one water access point by as many as 600 – making it easy for the virus to be transmitted.

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Image caption Many of those in camps live in terrible conditions

It adds that these people are “effectively imprisoned… arbitrarily denied freedom of movement” and therefore unable to access public health facilities even if they wanted to.

“Overcrowding in the camps is pervasive, making physical distancing nearly impossible and significantly increasing the risk of transmission,” said the HRW report.

The report called on the government to lift restrictions on such camps, and to allocate additional space to people to allow for social distancing to happen.

But it’s not just the conditions of displaced people that have experts worried.

“The World Health Organization has ranked Myanmar’s healthcare system as one of world’s worst after decades of neglect under the military rule,” said Prof Kipgen.

“While cities like Yangon and Mandalay have better facilities, many parts of the country still don’t even have basic healthcare services.”

A healthy lifestyle and diet?

For weeks, authorities denied that there were any cases in the country, which shares a border with China. Hundreds of citizens cross the border every day to work in China, often illegally, say local reports.

“Myanmar shares a border with China [that is] over 2,200km long. It welcomed almost 750,000 Chinese visitors in 2019 – [its] largest source of tourism,” said Prof Kipgen.

Myanmar’s slow response to the outbreak has been heavily criticised. As of late March, around 300 virus tests had been carried out across the country, according to Reuters news agency.

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Image caption Myanmar now has 14 cases of the virus

Government spokesman Zaw Htay had said the absence of cases was due to Myanmar’s “lifestyle and diet”, adding that because citizens generally paid for purchases with cash instead of credit cards, they were unlikely to spread the virus.

Myanmar now has 14 confirmed cases of the virus, mostly from people who have travelled overseas. On Monday, it recorded its first virus-related death, a 69-year-old who also suffered from cancer. He had recently travelled to both Australia and Singapore.

There are currently 859,566 confirmed cases across the world with some 42,332 deaths according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Reporting by the BBC’s Yvette Tan

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Coronavirus: Thai elephants face starvation as tourism collapses

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Image caption Elephants are a major feature of Thailand’s tourist trail

More than 1,000 elephants face starvation in Thailand because the coronavirus crisis has slashed revenue from tourism, conservationists say.

An almost total absence of visitors means that many caretakers are struggling to afford food for Thailand’s 4,000 captive elephants.

The animals can eat up to 200kg (440lb) of food a day.

Thailand reported 127 new confirmed cases of the virus on Monday, bringing the country’s recorded total to 1,651.

Lek Chailert, founder of the Save Elephant Foundation, told the BBC: “If there is no support forthcoming to keep them safe, these elephants, some of whom are pregnant, will either starve to death or may be put on to the streets to beg.”

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Image caption Many trekking elephants in northern Thailand are now standing idle

Alternatively, some elephants may be sold to zoos or they may be returned to the illicit logging business, which officially banned the use of elephants in 1989.

“It’s a very bleak outlook unless some financial help is received immediately,” Lek Chailert adds.

It’s a challenge to keep the animals fed and healthy at the best of times but now it’s the dry season, which makes the situation even more extreme.

Kerri McCrae, who manages the Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary in Mae Chaem, in northern Thailand, said the villagers who live near her had brought approximately seven elephants back to her area because they were not receiving any money from tourism anymore.

“Feeding elephants is a priority but the issue is that there’s not enough forest left to feed them,” she explains.

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Image caption Elephants no longer show happy behaviours, such as playing or swinging tails

Ms McCrae, who originally comes from Northern Ireland and is also a co-founder of the sanctuary, has to drive up to three hours a day to find enough grasses and corn stalks to feed the five elephants in her care.

She says local elephant caretakers are forced to do the same.

The country, which normally relies on tourism for a large portion of its economic growth, has been forced to close its borders to all tourists and much of the country is in lockdown.

Happy elephants, Kerri McCrae says, are usually swinging their tails or flapping their ears or even giving themselves dust baths to keep cool. But elephants get depressed when they’re hungry, and none of that happy behaviour would be on display.

“The worst case scenario is that owners will have to chose between themselves and their elephants,” Ms McCrae says. “The people here don’t have much, but they’re doing what it takes to keep the elephants alive for now.”

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Coronavirus: Search for hundreds of people after Delhi prayer meeting

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Image caption Hundreds have been leaving the mosque to be monitored or tested for the virus

Officials across India are searching for hundreds of people who attended a religious event in the capital that has set off several Covid-19 clusters.

At least six regions have reported cases that can be directly traced to the days-long congregation at a mosque.

Delhi officials are now clearing the building, where more than 1,000 people have been stranded since the government imposed a lockdown last week.

At least 24 have tested positive so far, the state health minister said.

They are among some 300 people who showed symptoms and have been moved to various hospital to be tested, he told the media. Another 700 have been shifted into quarantine centres, he added.

It is believed that the infections were caused by preachers who attended the event from Indonesia.

State officials have called for action to be taken against mosque officials, but they have denied any wrongdoing.

Local media reports say that Nizamuddin – the locality where the mosque is located – has been cordoned off and more than 35 buses carrying people to hospitals or quarantine centres.

The congregation – part of a 20th Century Islamic movement called Tablighi Jamaat – began at the end of February, but some of the main events were held in early March.

It’s unclear if the event was ticketed or even if the organisers maintained a roster of visitors as people attended the event throughout, with some staying on and others leaving. Even overseas visitors, some of them preachers, travelled to other parts of the country where they stayed in local mosques and met people.

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So officials have no easy way of finding out how many people attended the event or where they went. But they have already begun to trace and test.

The southern state of Telangana reported on Sunday night that six people who had attended the event died from the virus. The state’s medical officer told the BBC that more than 40 of Telangana’s 71 cases were either directly or indirectly linked to the event.

Indian-administered Kashmir reported its first death from the virus last week – a 65-year-old who had been in Delhi for the congregation. Officials told BBC Urdu that more than 40 of the region’s 48 cases could be traced back to that one patient.

A cluster has even appeared in the distant Andaman and Nicobar Islands, where six of the nine who have tested positive, had returned from the Delhi event.

The southern states of Tami Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have said more than 3,000 people from their states had attended the event, and Tamil Nadu has traced 16 positive patients to it.

States have also asked other people who attended to come forward for testing.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked for a police complaint to be registered against the head of the mosque.

However, the event’s organisers have issued a statement, saying they had suspended the event and asked everyone to leave as soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that there would be a day-long national curfew on 22 March.

While many were able to leave, they say, others were stranded because states began to seal their borders the following day, and two days later, India imposed a 21-day lockdown, suspending buses and trains.

The mosque’s premises include dormitories that can house hundreds of people.

The organisers say they informed the local police about all of this and continued to cooperate with medical officers who came to inspect the premises.

The mosque, the statement says, “never violated any provision of law, and always tried to act with compassion and reason towards the visitors who came to Delhi from different states. It did not let them violate the medical guidelines by thronging ISBTs (bus stops) or roaming on streets.”

This is not the first time religious congregations have been blamed for the spread of coronavirus.

Tablighi Jamaat events have also been blamed for spreading cases in Indonesia and Malaysia.

And in South Korea, many positive cases were linked to the Schincheonji church, a secretive religious sect, that has since apologised for its role in the outbreak.

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Kanika Kapoor Tested Coronavirus Positive for 5th Time: Met Prince Charles

Bollywood Actress and Singer Kanika Kapoor tested positive once again COVID19. Kanika Kapoor arrested for the FIR filed against her for spreading Coronvirus in India. She recently visited the United Kingdom and returned to India without making a Coronavirus test in Airport Terminal. She and her sister also skipped the CVOID 19 test and entered India. Purposely Kanika attended two gatherings including holiday celebration.

Delhi EX Chief Minister Vasundra and MP Dushyant also attended the same gathering participated by Kanika Kapoor. MP Dushyant also attended Parliament session meeting. Its also rumored that Dushyant also met President Ram Nath Govind before testing coronavirus.

Kanika Kapoor Met Prince Charles

Out of all notable cases affected in the world. Prince of Wales Charles is also affected. He has been isolated in BrikHall. Kanika Kapoor attended a party and met Prince Charles on 17th June 2019 pictures if the event went viral after Prince Charles tested positive.

FIR filed against Kanika and taken into custody for the treatment on March 20. Kanika is presently admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow. Director of the institute, Prof. RK Dhiman said that the singer’s condition was stable and there was no cause for worry. He also said that she is taking food normally and information circulated in the media that she is very sick is false. she was tested for the 5th time and positive for COVID 19 for the 5th Consecutive time.

Coronavirus: Countries reject Chinese-made equipment

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Image caption The Netherlands has been among the countries reporting faulty Chinese-made equipment

A number of European governments have rejected Chinese-made equipment designed to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

Thousands of testing kits and medical masks are below standard or defective, according to authorities in Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands.

Europe has reported hundreds of thousands of cases of coronavirus.

More than 10,000 people have died in Italy since the outbreak began.

The virus was first detected in China at the end of 2019. The government implemented strict lockdown measures to bring it under control.

What’s wrong with the equipment?

On Saturday, the Dutch health ministry announced it had recalled 600,000 face masks. The equipment had arrived from a Chinese manufacturer on 21 March, and had already been distributed to front-line medical teams.

Dutch officials said that the masks did not fit and that their filters did not work as intended, even though they had a quality certificate,

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“The rest of the shipment was immediately put on hold and has not been distributed,” a statement read. “Now it has been decided not to use any of this shipment.”

Spain’s government encountered similar problems with testing kits ordered from a Chinese company.

It announced it had bought hundreds of thousands of tests to combat the virus, but revealed in the following days that nearly 60,000 could not accurately determine if a patient had the virus.

The Spanish embassy in China tweeted that the company behind the kits, Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology, did not have an official license from Chinese medical authorities to sell its products.

It clarified that separate material donated by the Chinese government and technology and retail group Alibaba did not include products from Shenzhen Bioeasy.

Turkey also announced that it had found some testing kits ordered from Chinese companies were not sufficiently accurate, although it said that some 350,000 of the tests worked well.

Allegations of defective equipment come after critics warned China could be using the coronavirus outbreak to further its influence.

In a blog post last week, EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell warned that there is “a geo-political component including a struggle for influence through spinning and the ‘politics of generosity’.”

“China is aggressively pushing the message that, unlike the US, it is a responsible and reliable partner,” he wrote. “Armed with facts, we need to defend Europe against its detractors.”

What’s the situation in Europe?

On Monday, Spain reported 812 new deaths in the space of 24 hours – bringing its total death toll to 7,340. It now has more than 85,000 infections – surpassing the number of cases reported in China.

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New measures have also come into force in Spain banning all non-essential workers from going to their jobs. The restrictions will be in place for at least two weeks.

Italy remains the worst affected country worldwide. More than 10,000 people have died from the virus there, and it has recorded nearly 100,000 infections. Only the US has more confirmed cases, although the death toll there is far lower.

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North Korea hails ‘super large’ launcher test as virus timing condemned

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Image caption This file photo shows a previous North Korean missile test

North Korea hailed a test of “super large” rocket launchers, just hours after the South condemned the state as “inappropriate” for pursing tests amid the global coronavirus outbreak

On Sunday, South Korea said two short-range missiles had been fired, the latest in a flurry of tests this month.

The North generally ramps up missile tests in the spring and the global virus outbreak has not deterred it.

It has reported no virus cases, but experts have cast doubt on this.

Sunday’s test was of two short-range ballistic missiles fired from the eastern city of Wonsan. They flew for 410km (255 miles) with a maximum altitude of around 50km before falling into the sea, the South Korean military said.

Then on Monday, North Korean state media outlet KCNA reported that it had successfully tested “super large” multiple rocket launchers.

By then the South had already condemned the North’s actions In a harshly-worded statement,

“In a situation where the entire world is experiencing difficulties due to Covid-19, this kind of military act by North Korea is very inappropriate and we call for an immediate halt,” said South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

No signs of stopping

The latest test marked the eighth and ninth missiles launched in four rounds of tests this month, said news agency Reuters.

This is the most missiles ever fired in a single month by North Korea, according to a senior researcher at the James Martin Centre for Nonproliferation Studies.

“The only time we’ve seen tests this frequently were in 2016 and 2017,” said Shea Cotton, who also posted details of missile tests that have taken place over the years.

Mr Cotton also told the BBC that it was likely that North Korea would continue testing.

“Most recently they’ve hinted that they’ve developed other yet unseen missiles. I also think they might do tests of new missiles or might test their existing ones in different ways.”

North Korea had earlier announced it would be holding a session of the Supreme People’s Assembly, the country’s parliament, on 10 April. Analysts say the meeting will involve almost 700 of the country’s leaders in one spot.

“What coronavirus?”

By Laura Bicker, BBC News, Seoul

North Korea is carrying out its spring exercises as if everything is perfectly normal. In fact it’s been one of the state’s busiest months in terms of weapons testing.

Why? Well firstly because it has weapons that it wants to test – despite being under strict sanctions for several years. That itself may be something it is keen to show off to the population.

It’s a move that is less about provocation and more about national pride.

Remember, North Koreans were shown footage of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meeting in Singapore back in 2018 in an unprecedented wave of diplomacy. I have heard from sources within the country that it raised hopes sanctions would be lifted – but nothing has changed.

These exercises give the population something to rally around. The message being portrayed is along the lines of: ‘Look what we can do, look how powerful we are, despite international condemnation.”

Meanwhile – coronavirus? What coronavirus?

North Korea has launched a concerted campaign to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Pyongyang has denied having cases of the virus within its borders. But reports in South Korea have suggested otherwise.

Continuing to carry out weapons tests while the world is fighting another fierce battle will help portray Supreme Leader Kim as very much in control of the pandemic.

North Korea borders China, where the virus emerged, and South Korea, where there has been a major outbreak. A top US military official said last week he was “fairly certain” there were infections in North Korea.

It quarantined around 380 foreigners – mostly diplomats and staff in Pyongyang – in their compounds for at least 30 days.

The restrictions were lifted at the beginning of March. Around 80 foreigners, mainly diplomats, were flown out of the capital on 9 March.

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Death rate increases Social distancing extends till April 30 amid COVID-19 spread

COVID-19 precautionary guidelines, including social distancing and other activities, extended until April 30 as the peak death rate in the country due to the virus is likely to hit in two weeks.

United States President Donald Trump told reporters at White House news conference that he had received advice from his two top public health advisors, who are also members of the White House Task Force on COVID-19: Dr. Deborah Bix and Dr. Anthony Fauci.

They demonstrate that the mitigation measures we are putting in place may significantly reduce the number of new infections and ultimately the number of fatalities

US President Donald Trump during his 2nd Rose Garden press conference

“I want the American people to know that your selfless inspiring and valiant efforts are saving countless lives. You are making the difference. The modeling estimates that the peak and death rate is likely to hit in two weeks,” Presidents additional words on COVID 19 impact.

The United States has the highest number of cases all over the world compared to China. With more than 142,000 Coronavirus affected cases followed by Italy at 97,689, China at 81,999 and Spain at 80,110. Italy has recorded the highest number of deaths with 10,779 then china, followed by Spain’s death toll of 6,803, China’s 3,300 and Iran’s 2,640. 

New York alone recorded nearly 60,000 confirmed coronavirus cases reported with around 965 deaths. The total death toll in the US is raised to 2489. The POTUS also revealed that the new social guidelines measure to contain the coronavirus outbreak will be announced on April 1.

“We can expect that by June 1 we will be well on our way to recovery we think by June 1,” Trump said.

Worldwide, coronavirus cases continue to rise dramatically, with the number of infections crossing 7 lakh on Sunday. The global death toll has crossed the 33,000-mark.