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COVID-19 Updates: 651 Die in Italy, Death Toll Rises Everywhere

Italy’s PM decreed Sunday new measures in an effort to tackle the ever-growing number of coronavirus cases. | Photo: EFE

The coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the world, as Italy announced Sunday 651 dead, bringing its total number of victims to 5,476. The country’s prime minister took new measures to step up his response to the outbreak, including the suspension of all production activities.

In South America, as the number of confirmed cases is on the rise, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro continues to downplay the emergency, accusing the other countries’ governments of “exaggerating” and endangering the economy.

Here are the latest updates:

Update 04:00 pm

Death toll in France reaches 674

Victims of coronavirus pandemic in France now number 674 people, top French health official said Sunday.

“The virus kills and it is continuing to kill,” said Jerome Salomon as he announced the new numbers at a daily briefing.

Update 03:40

Syrian Ministry of health confirms first coronavirus case

Syria’s health ministry confirmed the country’s first coronavirus case, adding the “necessary measures” had been taken, state media reported.

Update 03:08

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte halts production activities

Italy’s Giuseppe Conte decreed Sunday new measures in an effort to tackle the ever-growing number of coronavirus cases, including the suspension of all Industrial and commercial activities starting tomorrow until April 3.

Update 02:40

Germany’s Merkel in quarantine​​​​​​​

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will go into quarantine after she received Friday a vaccine shot against pneumococcus, a pneumonia-causing bacteria, from a doctor who then tested positive for the coronavirus.

Merkel will continue to work from home and will undergo tests over the next days, her spokesman said.

Update 02:30

Brazil’s Bolsonaro continue to minimize the pandemic as coronavirus cases passes 1,500

Contradicting his minister of health, Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro denied the country’s healthcare system will collapse next month, while the number of confirmed cases reached 1,546.

Bolsonaro said the health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta “was exaggerating,” when the latter warned Thursday that the country’s weak healthcare system faces a collapse before the end of April.

The president said “collapse” was the wrong word. “What we’re doing is lengthening the infection curve. I don’t believe in a collapse,” he said in an interview with CNN.

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Update 02:20

Saudi Arabia reports more than 500 coronavirus cases

Saudi health ministry said Sunday the country recorded 119 new cases bringing the total number of infected people in the kingdom to 511.

Update 01:05 pm

United States senator Rand Paul tested positive for COVID-19

Republican senator of Kentucky Rand Paul became Sunday the first senator in the United States to be tested positive for the coronavirus.

Paul posted on Twitter that he had no symptoms and was unaware of direct contact with any infected person.

The United States has surpassed Spain Sunday and has now the third-highest number of coronavirus cases with 32,356 people infected.

Update 12:23 pm

651 deaths in Italy bring the death toll to 5,476 people​​​​​​​

The coronavirus outbreak claimed Sunday 651 more lives in Italy, the figure representing an increase of 13.5 percent, according to officials.

The total number of cases in the second most affected country in the world rose by 10.4 percent, bringing the number of those infected by the virus to 59,138, the country’s Protection Agency said. The figure is, however, the lowest rise in percentage since Feb. 21 when the contagion appeared.

Reposted from telesurenglish.

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