Globally, there are more than 1.9 million confirmed with coronavirus
- Some 1.92 million people around the world have now been confirmed to have the new coronavirus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 119,500 have died, while nearly 450,000 have recovered.
- The WHO is due to release its latest strategic advice on tackling the outbreak, that will include six criteria for lifting restrictions on movement.
- More than 10,000 people have now died from coronavirus in New York state.
- India has extended a nationwide lockdown until May 3.
Turkey to release prisoners to ease overcrowding
Turkey’s parliament has approved legislation that will free some 90,000 prisoners to ease overcrowding in prisons amid the coronavirus pandemic.
However, that doesn’t include journalists and activists, who will remain behind bars.
The legislation, approved early on Tuesday, reduces some sentences and places 45,000 convicts who are currently serving terms in open prisons, under temporary house arrest.
UK’s Heathrow Airport sees passenger demand down by 90 percent in April
Heathrow Airport, traditionally the busiest in Europe, forecast that passenger demand would plunge by over 90 percent in April, as coronavirus restrictions stop most people from travelling.
Heathrow said that its passenger numbers were down 52 percent in March compared with the same period last year, with many of those journeys being made by Britons returning home from abroad.
The airport, which is owned by a group of investors including Spain’s Ferrovial, the Qatar Investment Authority and China Investment Corp, said it was now only using one of its two runways, as flights continue for cargo.
Germany reports fourth day of slowing cases
Confirmed new cases continue to slow in Germany, where the Robert Koch Institute has just announced 2,082 more cases, bringing the total to 125,098.
This is the fourth day of decline after four days of increases in new cases.
A further 170 people died from the virus, RKI said on Tuesday.
Southeast Asia urged to do more for refugees, migrant workers
A group of Southeast Asian members of parliament is calling on regional governments to do more to help migrant workers and refugees who have not only lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus but are also at greater risk of exposure and illness.
“Because of their living conditions, work situation or limited access to healthcare they are at high risk of both catching the virus and falling into extreme poverty,” said Charles Santiago, a Malaysian MP and chair of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights. “The recent images of migrant workers rushing to get home have only highlighted how the measures taken by one country deeply affect another.”
South Korea reports 27 new cases of coronavirus
South Korea’s Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it confirmed 27 new cases of the coronavirus, the 13th successive day with less than 100 new cases.
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun during an anti-virus meeting on Tuesday called officials to provide stronger support for scientists’ efforts to develop vaccines and treatments for the virus, which he said would be a boon for the country’s biomedical industry.
Johns Hopkins revises coronavirus cases lower
Johns Hopkins University has revised downwards the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus globally.
It is now 1.918 million. Earlier, it said more than two million people around the world had been diagnosed with the virus.
China approves early-stage human trials for two vaccines
China has approved early-stage human tests for two experimental vaccines to combat the new coronavirus, state media outlet Xinhua reported on Tuesday.
The vaccines are being developed by a Beijing-based unit of Nasdaq-listed Sinovac Biotech, and by the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products, an affiliate of state-owned China National Pharmaceutical Group.
China reports 89 new coronavirus cases
China has confirmed 89 new cases on April 13, compared with 108 the previous day.
The National Health Commission says 86 cases were imported – many of those cases are coming through the northeast province of Heilongjiang, which borders Russia.
The number of total confirmed cases in China since the beginning of the outbreak now stands at 82,249 and the death toll is 3,341, with no new reported deaths on April 13. All arrivals to China from overseas must go through a 14-day centralised quarantine.
WHO to release new advice on coronavirus
The World Health Organization (WHO) will release its latest strategic advice on tackling the pandemic later on Tuesday.
It will include guidance for governments considering lifting restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the virus.
In a media conference on Monday evening, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said six criteria needed to be considered:
- Transmission is controlled.
- Systems are in place to detect, test, isolate and treat every case and trace their contacts.
- Risks are minimised in care homes and other at-risk environments.
- Preventive measures are in place in schools, offices and other places people need to go.
- Importation risks can be managed.
- Communities are fully educated and able to deal with the “new norm”.