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The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 204 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances: the Diamond Princess Cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan, and the Holland America’s MS Zaandam cruise ship.
The total number of deaths has soared past the one million mark. 6 088 people have died in the US outbreak, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, more than 1 100 of them in the last 24 hours.
Spain and Britain saw record numbers of new deaths in a 24-hour period – 950 and 569 respectively. Italy, the hardest-hit country in terms of deaths, has 115 242 reported cases, 13 915 of them fatal.
South Africa now has 1,462 cases and 7 deaths which is a rise from 5 yesterday. South Africa has done the most testing in Africa for Covid-19
In Zimbabwe, a total of 42 cases were tested at the National Microbiology Reference Laboratory. One of the samples tested positive making the confirmed cases nine. A total of 316 cumulative tests were conducted, 307 were positive and 9 positive.
World Bank Group Launches First Operations for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Emergency Health Support, Strengthening Developing Country Responses
Several African countries are due to benefit from a near two billion dollar programme from the World Bank aimed at helping developing countries deal with the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic. The bank approved a first set of emergency support operations for developing countries around the world, using a dedicated, fast-track facility for COVID-19 (coronavirus) response. The first group of projects, amounting to $1.9 billion, will assist 25 countries, and new operations are moving forward in over 40 countries using the fast-track process.
Rwanda extends lockdown
Rwanda has ordered a two week extension of the current lockdown.
The decision to extend the current two week lockdown initially declared on March 21 to contain the spread of the coronavirus was reached during an extraordinary cabinet meeting held via video conference on Wednesday 1 April 2020. The lockdown, to remain until April 19 to curb the spread of coronavirus. Schools, places of social gathering, public transport and borders remain closed.
Premier League: 30 April restart date to be pushed back
The restart date for the Premier League will be pushed back on Friday.
All 20 Premier League clubs will meet via video and it is accepted by all that there is no hope of professional games being played immediately after the current 30 April deadline.
The Premier League could shift the date back into May or opt to follow Spain and France, who have shut down their leagues for an indefinite period.
Italy have talked of Serie A returning in late May, but that seems optimistic.
Pushing the date back would allow Premier League clubs the chance to offer their stadiums and medical staff to the National Health Service, knowing they would not be required in the short term.
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