UK PM Johnson discharged from hospital
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from the hospital and will continue his recovery from COVID-19 at his country residence of Chequers, his office has said.
“On the advice of his medical team, the PM will not be immediately returning to work. He wishes to thank everybody at St Thomas’ for the brilliant care he has received,” a spokesperson said.
Johnson, 55, was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital in central London on April 5, after suffering from persistent symptoms of the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
On April 6, he was moved into intensive care, where he remained until April 9.
In his first public statement since he left hospital, Johnson said he owes his life to the National Health Service (NHS) staff who treated him.
“It is hard to find the words to express my debt to the NHS for saving my life,” he said in a video address published on his official Twitter channel on Saturday.
He also thanked the public for their effort to stay indoors to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“The efforts of millions of people across this country to stay home are worth it. Together we will overcome this challenge, as we have overcome so many challenges in the past,” Johnson said.
Coronavirus deaths in the UK cross 10,000
The death toll from the coronavirus in the UK has surged passed the 10,000 mark after 737 fatalities were recorded overnight.
The figure now stands at 10,612.
With virus death tolls in Italy and Spain on a downward slope, there are growing fears that the UK will end up being the country with the most virus deaths in Europe.
In Spain, the number of fatalities rose by 619 on Sunday from a nearly three-week low of 510 on Saturday, breaking a three-day streak of daily declines and taking the country’s death toll to 16,972.
Meanwhile, the United States has overtaken Italy as the country with the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths, recording 20,608 fatalities, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.
Globally, more than 109,000 people have died from the new coronavirus and confirmed infections topped 1.7 million.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning against the premature lifting of lockdowns, saying it could trigger a dangerous resurgence of cases.
May 1 target date for relaxing US stay-at-home restrictions
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn said the Trump administration was considering May 1 as a target date to start relaxing stay-at-home restrictions.
“We see light at the end of the tunnel,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”
Hahn, however, warned that there were many factors to take into account in finally determining when it would be safe to lift restrictions, he said.
Dutch infections top 25,000, deaths rise to 2,737 deaths
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands has topped 25,000, health authorities said on Sunday, with the number of deaths rising by 94 to 2,737.
The Netherlands’ National Institute for Health (RIVM) has reported 1,188 new infections over the past 24 hours, taking the total to 25,587.
The rate of increase in infections and deaths has slowed for several days helped by social distancing measures.
Hong Kong residents flout virus rules
People in Hong Kong thronged beaches, ferries and outlying islands on Sunday, many of them violating a ban on gatherings of more than four people aimed at containing the spread of the new coronavirus.
Clear blue skies lured people to popular areas across the territory over the long Easter weekend and many of them were without surgical masks. People in the city of 7.4 million have made a point of wearing masks in the past months.
“We always stay at home and it is quite boring,” said Banny Mak, 24, a local resident.”We are social animal(s), we need to go out for some fun. I think with proper protection (for) ourselves and to protect other people. I think it is already ok to go out.”
Hong Kong has recorded 1,005 cases of COVID-19, which has killed four people in the city.
Portugal’s Sporting to cut player wages by 40 percent
Players at Sporting will have their salaries cut by 40 percent for three months as the club attempts to mitigate financial losses from the suspension of games during the coronavirus outbreak, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported.
Lusa also reported Sporting’s board of directors will take a 50 percent pay cut.
With the pandemic shutting down global sport on an unprecedented scale, Sporting is the first of Portugal’s three major football clubs to announce the cuts. FIFA has urged clubs worldwide to consider wage reductions in order to protect their finances.
Pope gives Easter prayer for the infected
Pope Francis offered a Easter Sunday prayer for those killed and suffering from the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 100,000 people worldwide.
“Today my thoughts turn in the first place to the many who have been directly affected by the coronavirus: the sick, those who have died and family members who mourn the loss of their loved ones, to whom, in some cases, they were unable even to bid a final farewell,” the pope said in a livestreamed message from an empty Saint Peter’s Basilica.
Iran death toll rises by 117 to 4,474
Iran’s death toll from COVID-19 has risen by 117 in the past day to 4,474, health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur has said.
The Islamic Republic has recorded 71,686 cases of the new coronavirus which causes the disease, Jahanpur said.
Iran has been the country hardest hit by the pandemic in the Middle East.
Spain’s daily death toll rises after days of decline, total at 16,972
Spain’s daily death toll from the coronavirus rose by 619 on Sunday from a nearly three-week low of 510 on Saturday, the Ministry of Health has said, breaking a three-day streak of daily declines.
The country’s total death toll from the virus climbed to 16,972 from 16,353, the ministry said in a statement. Overall cases rose to 166,019 from 161,852.