Coronavirus: Latest on COVID-19 from around the world - Tuesday, April 6

The death toll in the COVID-19 pandemic jumped another 9000 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total confirmed toll - likely an underestimate - to 2.87 million.

Here's the latest from around the world overnight. 


United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday a planned reopening of the economy would take place next week, with the opening of all shops, gyms, hairdressers and outdoor hospitality areas in England.

With the vaccine programme rolling out rapidly across the UK and infection numbers falling, Johnson said England would proceed to Stage 2 of his roadmap out of lockdown from April 12. Johnson said he would go to the pub himself for a pint, " and cautiously but irreversibly raising a pint of beer to my lips". 


Spain's rising coronavirus infection rate is accelerating, official data showed on Monday, as authorities took delivery of the largest batch of vaccines to date.

The infection rate as measured over the past 14 days rose to 163.4 cases per 100,000 people from 151.8 cases on Saturday as a gradual uptick in contagion from mid-March lows continued to gather pace.

Spain has reported 10,360 cases since Saturday, bringing the overall tally to 3.3 million. The death toll increased by 85 to 75,783.


Italy reported 296 coronavirus-related deaths on Monday against 326 the previous day, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections decreased to 10,680 from 18,025.


The number of people in intensive care units with COVID-19 in France increased by 92 to 5433 on Monday, official data showed, rising further above the peak of the second wave.

France, where a third nationwide lockdown was imposed on Saturday, also reported 197 COVID-19 deaths in hospitals in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 70,771. 

French police have launched an investigation into alleged secret fine dining parties in Paris restaurants during the pandemic.


Cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd said on Monday it would require mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all guests and crew when it restarts trips from US ports in July.


United States

New cases of COVID-19 in the United States rose 5 percent to more than 450,000 last week, the third week in a row that infections have increased, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data.

The average number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals rose 4 percent to more than 37,000 in the week ended April 4, breaking a streak of 11 weeks of falling admissions. Health officials have expressed concerns about the increase in travel around the Easter holiday and school spring breaks, at a time when more infectious variants of the coronavirus are circulating.

Deaths from COVID-19, which tend to lag infections by several weeks, fell 17 percent to about 5800 last week, or about 834 per day. Health officials have said the country's vaccination effort could limit deaths even with rising cases.

The United States has put Johnson and Johnson in charge of a plant that ruined 15 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine and has stopped British drugmaker AstraZeneca from using the facility, a senior health official said on Saturday.


The pandemic was significantly less severe than expected in Venezuela in 2020 due to widespread gasoline shortages that restricted vehicle movement, but Venezuela now faces a "worst case scenario" of limited vaccine availability, combined with an increase in infections following the relaxation of quarantine measures during the Christmas and Carnival holidays, the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences said.

Venezuela on Sunday reported 15 deaths and 1786 new infections, the highest since the start of the pandemic. It has reported 166,123 cases and 1662 associated deaths.



Turkey recorded 42,551 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed on Monday, remaining near an all-time high it touched over the weekend. The total number of cases in Turkey stood at 3.529 million as of Monday, the data showed. The latest daily death toll was 193, highest since early January, bringing the cumulative toll to 32,456.


Thailand's capital Bangkok will close 196 entertainment venues for two weeks, the city's governor said on Monday, following a new surge in coronavirus cases.

Thailand reported 194 new COVID-19 cases earlier on Monday, a rare three-digit figure, which included 45 from Bangkok's nightlife cluster. The country has largely been successful in curbing the spread of the virus. Since last year it has reported 29,321 cases and 95 deaths.


Japanese health authorities are concerned that variants of the coronavirus are driving a nascent fourth wave in the pandemic with just 109 days remaining until the Tokyo Olympics. The variants appear to be more infectious and may be resistant to vaccines, which are still not widely available in Japan.


India reported a record rise in COVID-19 infections on Monday, becoming the second country after the United States to post more than 100,000 new cases in a day, as politicians stage massive election rallies raising fears of further spreading the virus.

New Zealand

Air New Zealand is offering flights between Australia and New Zealand as soon as Friday, in a move seen as hinting at a trans-Tasman bubble. 


China and its neighbours must not only crack down on wildlife trade but also shut legal loopholes that allow disease-prone species to be farmed, experts said after an investigation team concluded that COVID-19 most likely originated in animals.


Singapore will next month accept visitors who use a mobile travel pass containing digital certificates for COVID-19 tests and vaccines, its aviation regulator said on Monday, becoming one of the first countries to adopt the initiative.

Singapore will accept the International Air Transport Association mobile travel pass for pre-departure checks, where travelers can get clearance to fly to and enter Singapore by showing a smartphone application containing their data from accredited laboratories.

Reuters / Newshub.