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Coronavirus latest: at a glance

A summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreak

Thu 2 Apr 2020 12.34 BSTLast modified on Thu 2 Apr 2020 12.59 BST

Coronavirus daily briefing
 Coronavirus daily briefing Illustration: Guardian Design/EPA/GETTY

Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:

Spain death toll passes 10,000 with record single-day rise of 950

Spain’s coronavirus death toll rose to 10,003 on Thursday, up from 9,053 on Wednesday, an increase of 950. On Tuesday Spain had recorded 864 deaths related to coronavirus, its previous highest figure.

Cambodian government accused of using coronavirus pandemic to assert absolute power

The Cambodian government has been accused of manipulating the coronavirus pandemic to assert absolute power “over all aspects of civil, political, social, and economic life”.

Iran update: 2,875 new cases and 124 more deaths

Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus has reached 3,136, with 124 deaths in the past 24 hours, the health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state TV, adding that the country had 50,468 total cases.

France to set up road blocks to block Easter holidaymakers

France’s interior minister Christophe Castaner warned the country to stay at home as the Easter holidays begin. He said roadblocks would be set up on major highways and extra police or soldiers dispatched to train stations and airports to verify the documents of anyone stopped out and about.

Indonesia reaches highest number of recorded fatalities in Asia after China

Indonesia reported a further 13 deaths and 113 new cases, taking its total number of deaths to 170 and its confirmed infections to 1,790. South Korea has reported 169 deaths and 9,976 infections, according to the latest figures released there.

Known global cases pass 950,000.

According to data collected by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, 951,901 (as of 12pm BST) people around the world have become infected, 48,284 of whom have died.

US intelligence accuses China of playing down crisis.

American officials reportedly believe China has been underreporting the total number of cases and deaths. The conclusions of a classified report from the intelligence community to the White House were revealed to Bloomberg by three anonymous officials who declined to detail its contents.

Trump said that the federal stockpile of personal protective equipment is nearly empty

President Trump is also resisting calls to issue a national stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus despite his administration’s projections that tens of thousands of Americans are likely to be killed by the disease.


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