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Coronavirus live updates: India cases rise despite ongoing lockdown, Singapore doles out third stimulus package

India's health ministry said as of Monday morning, there are at least 4,067 confirmed cases of infection and 109 deaths from COVID-19. Around 292 people have been cured and discharged.

European markets bounce, cheered by gradual slowdown in new coronavirus cases; Stoxx 600 up 3%

European markets are being buoyed by data showing the rate of new coronavirus infections and deaths there is slowing.

Germany 'is still at the beginning of the epidemic' despite low death rate, health body warns

Germany, like other European countries such as Spain, Italy and France, has a high number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

UK cell towers torched amid bogus conspiracy theories that link 5G with coronavirus

British carriers Vodafone and EE said their mobile phone masts have been attacked in recent days.

Singapore announces third stimulus package worth $3.6 billion to soften coronavirus impact

Together with the previous two packages, Singapore has set aside 59.9 billion Singapore dollars ($41.7 billion), accounting for around 12% of the country's gross domestic product.

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Danish PM: 'We will not return to Denmark as it was'

Denmark's Prime Minister has warned that when Denmark will start relaxing its coronavirus restrictions after Easter, this does not mean a return to normal.

Coronavirus LATEST: 'You are not alone' says King of Sweden in TV speech

Here's how the coronavirus is developing in Sweden.

Coronabonds: Germany urged to back joint EU debt to fight crisis

Two European Commissioners urged Germany on Monday to agree to the European Union issuing joint debt to fight the coronavirus crisis, as wealthy northern nations remain reluctant to back so-called coronabonds.

Oslo to keep schools shut for 'at least a week' after Easter

Oslo is to keep schools and kindergartens closed for at least one more week after Easter, whatever Norway's government decides next week, the city's mayor Raymond Johansen said on Sunday.

How freelancers and small businesses can apply for coronavirus payments in Germany

Are you a freelancer, self-employed or have a small business? Here's where to apply for financial help if you're affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Germany.

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Cyclone Harold : Superstorm hits Vanuatu after killing 27 in Solomons

Vanuatu is already in a state of emergency because of the virus - and is awaiting election results.

Coronavirus: Defence firm Babcock to make 10,000 ventilators

The move comes as tech giant Apple says it will start making face shields for medical workers.

Spencon: Inside the collapse of an African construction giant

An Africa Eye investigation uncovers the chaotic final months of a once-great construction firm.

Coronavirus: Tiger at Bronx Zoo tests positive for Covid-19

The Bronx Zoo in New York says this case of human-to-animal transmission appears to be unique.

Coronavirus: Singapore quarantines 20,000 migrant workers

The workers will be paid - but some have complained of overcrowded and dirty conditions.

Coronavirus: Trump voices hope for ‘levelling-off’ in US hotspots

The president voices hope that cases are "levelling off" in US hotspots, but warns of more deaths.

Coronavirus: Does my grandfather’s 1940 infectious disease advice still hold true?

Frank Gardner's grandfather recommended soap and sunlight when dealing with infectious patients. Other ideas haven't aged so well.

Coronavirus lockdown: As Easter holidays begin, families feel strain

When families are locked down together what are the pressures on relationships?

Coronavirus: Putting the spotlight on the global wildlife trade

Conservation experts say the pandemic is a watershed moment for curbing global wildlife trade.

'We all have resilience... You've got to make it grow'

Professional explorer Mike Horn reflects upon his daredevil career so far.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Case Tracker

Provided by Johns Hopkins University this COVID-19 Global Case Tracker Dashboard shows you the most up-to-date information about the global spread of the new corona virus.

About the 2019-20 Coronavirus Pandemic

The 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak started in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, in December 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020 and recognized it as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of end March 2020, more than a million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in over 200 countries and territories, resulting in approximately 64,000 deaths. More than 250,000 people have recovered.

The virus is mainly spread during close contact, and by small droplets produced during coughing, sneezing, or talking. These small droplets may also be produced during breathing, but rapidly fall to the ground or surfaces and are not generally spread through the air over large distances. People may also catch COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface and then their face. The virus can survive on surfaces up to 72 hours. It is most contagious during the first 3 days after symptom onset, although spread may be possible before symptoms appear and in later stages of the disease. The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically around five days, but may range from 2 to 14 days. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The pandemic has led to severe global socioeconomic disruption, the postponement or cancellation of sporting, religious, and cultural events, and widespread fears of supply shortages resulting in panic buying. Schools and universities have closed either on a nationwide or local basis in more than 160 countries, affecting approximately 97 percent of the world's student population.

Source: Wikipedia (April 5, 2020)

Please find below further updates from The World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO urges countries to ensure the continuity of malaria services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the resilience of robust health systems around the world. Recognizing the heavy toll that malaria exacts on vulnerable populations in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the region’s fragile health infrastructure, WHO underlines the critical importance of sustaining efforts to prevent, detect and treat malaria.

“As COVID-19 continues its rapid spread, WHO would like to send a clear message to malaria-affected countries in Africa,” said Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme. “Do not scale back your planned malaria prevention, diagnostic and treatment activities. If someone living in a place with malaria develops a fever, he or she should seek diagnosis and care as soon as possible.”

Ensuring access to core malaria prevention measures is an important strategy for reducing the strain on health systems; these include vector control measures, such as insecticide-treated nets and indoor residual spraying, as well as chemoprevention for pregnant women and young children (intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy, intermittent preventive treatment in infants and seasonal malaria chemoprevention). Additional special measures could ease the burden on health systems in the context of COVID-19, such as presumptive malaria treatment and mass drug administration.

Any interventions must consider the importance of both lowering malaria-related mortality and ensuring the safety of communities and health workers. WHO will provide guidance for countries to safely maintain essential health services in the context of the COVID-19 response.

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Essential information on the COVID-19 pandemic can be found in a dedicated WHO site.

About malaria

Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. In 2018, there were an estimated 228 million cases of malaria worldwide and 405 000 malaria-related deaths. For more on malaria, visit: www.who.int/malaria

National Ethics Committees and COVID-19

On Monday April 6, WHO will host a virtual meeting to facilitate communication, collaboration and exchange between National Ethics Committees from around the world.