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India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi announces the extension of the country’s lockdown for 1.3 billion people until May 3.

In an address to the nation on radio and television on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the lockdown will be eased only in areas which do not show any deterioration in the spread of coronavirus.

He said India has paid a big economic price by imposing the lockdown, but it was much better placed than many other countries as it had acted quickly imposing travel and quarantine restrictions even before the first death was reported in the country. He said the lockdown and social distancing among people have worked in their favor.

The Health Ministry said on Monday that no new positive cases have been reported in 25 districts in 15 states for the past 14 days

The pastor of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Virginia, Bishop Gerald Glenn, has died, the church announced on Sunday. Glenn had tested positive for coronavirus, according to a video posted by his daughter Mar-Gerie Crawley.

Glenn In a sermon on March 22, a day before Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued his executive order banning all public and private gatherings of 10 people or more, had told his congregation that firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus and mentioned that he was not afraid to die.

On April 4, Glenn’s daughter posted a video, announcing that both he and his wife, Marcietia Glenn, had tested positive for coronavirus.

“First Family to grieve in their own way, while they are mourning the heartbreaking earthly absence of their family patriarch & spiritual father, they also have family members who are struggling to survive this dreaded pandemic,” the church’s Facebook post read.

The church made it know that the final arrangements for Glenn are expected to be made within the next few days.

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, left hospital on Sunday to recover fully from coronavirus at Chequers, the country estate of British prime ministers, officials said.

This is coming a week after he was admitted and then spent three days in intensive care.

The Prime Minister will not be immediately returning to work, on the advice of his medical staff, a Downing Street spokesman said. “The PM has been discharged from hospital to continue his recovery at Chequers,” he said.

He added that the PM’s thoughts are with those affected by this illness.”

Johnson, who was admitted to the state-run central London hospital last Sunday and spent Monday to Thursday in its intensive care unit, had earlier voiced his gratitude to his care-givers there.

Earlier on Sunday, the News Agency reported that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has given an approval for an extension of the kingdom’s curfew until further notice due to the rate at which the coronavirus is currently spreading.

The Saudi king has previously ordered a curfew that took effect on March 23, from 7 pm to 6 am for 21 days, to curb the spread of the coronavirus, state media reported.

Last week Saudi Arabia placed its capital Riyadh and other big cities under a 24-hour curfew, locking down much of the population to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

The United States now has the highest death toll from coronavirus in the world,overtaking Italy

The latest data, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, shows more than 20,000 people in the US have now died.

The grim milestone comes shortly after the US became the first nation to record more than 2,000 virus death in a day .

The governor of New York Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday the state’s death toll appeared to be stabilising.

Announcing a 24-hour figure of 783 new deaths, he noted the last several days had seen around the same number.

That is not an all-time high, and you can see that the number is somewhat stabilising but it is stabilising at a horrific rate,” Mr Cuomo said. “These are just incredible numbers depicting incredible loss and pain.”

New York state has become the epicentre of the outbreak in the US, recording more than 180,000 of the country’s estimated 520,000 cases.

In less than 24 hours, 881 patients has been confirmed dead from Coronavirus in United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) disclosed this in a tweet on its official Twitter account on Thursday.

According to the tweet, the total number of people that have died of COVID-19 so far in the UK is 7,978.

“243,421 people have been tested, of which 65,077 tested positive.
Those hospitalized in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 7,978 have sadly died,” DHSC tweeted.

More than 30,000 free meals as well as sanitary and personal hygiene products has been provided by Arsenal as part of a response plan to the coronavirus pandemic, to vulnerable people in Local community.

The Premier League club made this known on Friday.

The north London club also promised to donate 100,000 pounds (124,000 dollars) to local organisations and a further 50,000 pounds to a COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

The club in a statements said  “Arsenal Foundation has joined forces with HIS Church to deliver 15 tonnes of emergency supplies into Islington. This initiative forms part of our wider community response to COVID-19, which has seen Arsenal in the Community staff volunteer to transport frontline NHS workers, 
Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers announced support packages on Thursday to help the National Health Service (NHS) in the fight against the virus, which has killed more than 8,000 people in the country.

Gianni Infantino, the FIFA President has announced that the majority of top football leagues and international competitions have been suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Infantino said that no match is worth risking a single human life and that world football’s governing body would be able to help financially national federations during the coronavirus pandemic

He said in a video message “Our first priority, our principle, the one we will use for our competitions and encourage everyone to follow is that health comes first
The German Bundesliga reportedly could restart behind closed doors in May, with players already back in training, while other leagues could also resume in the summer.

It would be more than irresponsible to force competitions to resume if things are not 100% safe.
If we have to wait a little longer we must do so. It’s better to wait a little bit longer than to take any risks.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken out of intensive care as he is defeating the battle over COVID-19.

He had been admitted to the hospital since Sunday and spent three nights in a high-dependency unit at St Thomas’s Hospital in central London after his condition seemed to deteriorate.

 “The Prime Minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery. He is in extremely good spirits,” a No 10 spokesman stated.

Italy has lost not less than 100 doctors to coronavirus, Eighty of them worked in the north of Italy, the hardest-hit area of the country. the Italian Association of Doctors said Thursday.

Over 13,522 health workers have been infected in Italy, according to the Italian Institute of Health.

Giorgio Cometto, the coordinator of Human Resources for Health Policies and Standards at WHO’s Health Workforce Department, said “We have seen unprecedented levels of overwork by nurses, particularly those specialized in intensive care units, those in management or those most directly involved in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, oftentimes without adequate time for rest and recuperation, without support and assistance, with limited considerations for their mental health and well-being. “

Italy has entered its eight week of restrictions, it has the highest death toll in the world, with at least 17,669 deaths.

The number of active coronavirus cases in Italy reached 95,262 on Wednesday, with 3,693 people in intensive care units. It is the fifth day in a row that the intensive care unit numbers have fallen, with 99 fewer patients than the day before. 

Germany health Minister, Jens Spahn said the country has seen some positive developments over the last few days and is ready to ”gradually return to normalcy” after Easter if current restriction measures are adhered to over the holidays.

While speaking at a press conference in Berlin, Spahn spoke of positive developments in recent days.

”The number of newly reported infections is flattening out. We are seeing a linear increase again rather than the dynamic, exponential increase we saw in mid-March,” he said.

Spahn added that the restrictive measures are taking effect, Germany is currently conducting 100,000 coronavirus tests per day. He also appreciated Germany’s health care system, saying 40% of intensive care beds are currently vacant. 

However, Spahn called on German citizens to be vigilant and disciplined over the weekend, pointing out that the Easter holidays would determine if Germany is able to gradually start lifting anti-coronavirus measures after the holidays.

”We want to gradually return to normality — but we are still far from an everyday life as we knew it before Corona. Not everything will go back to the way it was. We will continue to live in and with the pandemic in Germany,” he said.

Spahn added that it would take weeks and months before it would be possible to attend festivals and nightclubs so that chronically ill patients or elderly citizens could be protected.

New Zealand has reported a decline in new coronavirus cases for four straight days. The country has successfully achieve what many countries wish they could achieve.

On Thursday, the country reported 29 new confirmed and probable cases, bringing New Zealand’s total to 1,239 — including only one death. Of those cases, only 14 are in hospital — and 317 have recovered.

New Zealand, a small island country with a population of just under 5 million, is halfway through a month-long lockdown aimed at not only containing the virus, but eliminating it and the approach has been successful.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday she was tightening border restrictions, meaning all those who arrive in the country will be required to spend two weeks quarantined in an approved facility.

She said at a news conference, “At the halfway mark, I have no hesitation in saying that what New Zealanders have done over the last two weeks is huge. You made the decision that together, we could protect one other. And you have. You have saved lives.”

A grandma aged 89 was rushed down to the hospital by ambulance on March 27 after she found herself having breathing problems and a very high temperature.

The retired factory packer who was identified as Dorothy was said to have also beaten breast, womb and skin cancer in her life. She was kept in a private isolated room for the week she was in hospital.

The mum-of-two and great-grandma-of-seven was declared to have recovered and was discharged from hospital last week to be reunited with her son, steelworker Ian.

The NHS staff were said to have been in shock that Dorothy had recovered from coronavirus because of her age and health condition.

Her family suspect Dorothy caught the virus from carers who visit her home, where she lives alone. It was revealed that when Dorothy got home she had no idea she had caught the virus.

South Africa’s Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, has announced the closure of a private hospital in South Africa after 66 people, 48 of them staff, tested positive for Covid-19.

The ministry stated that it was revealed last Friday that there was a group of cases traced back to the hospital. It was then that an appeal went out for everyone who had visited the facility since the beginning of March to get tested.

The provincial health minister suggested that the hospital might not have properly reported the number of Covid-19 cases it was treating at the time, and had failed to properly test for the virus.

All patients in the facility are currently being tested for coronavirus. It was said that those who test negative will be transferred to other hospitals in the area, while those who test positive will be required to stay at the hospital for treatment.

The U K prime minister, Boris Johnson remains in intensive care but is responding to treatment.

Boris Johnson remains in “good spirits” after spending his third night in hospital, his spokesman said.

The PM was admitted to St Thomas’ in London on Sunday night for tests after continuing to display symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

He was moved to intensive care on Monday night after his condition worsened.

Amidst the global pandemic, a New York City landlord is giving his 200 tenants one less thing to worry about as he waived rent for the month of April.

The Landlord, Mario Salerno said “I want everybody to be healthy. That’s the whole thing,” 

The 59 year old man has roughly 80 apartments across Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 

He said after some of his tenants told him that they were worried about paying rent because they lost their jobs due to the pandemic, he decided to take action.

Salerno posted a notice on the front doors of all of his buildings announcing, “Due to the recent pandemic of Coronavirus COVID-19 affecting all of us, please note I am waiving rent for the month for April.”

One of his tenants said she’s been out of work since she was ordered to shut down her hair salon. she describe Salerno has a wonderful man and superman

“For me, it was more important for people’s health and worrying about who could put food on whose table,” he told the outlet. “I say don’t worry about paying me, worry about your neighbor and worry about your family,” Salerno said.

He said he hopes other landlords will do the same, and some have.

The list of the first set of beneficiaries of the World Bank’s COVID-19 Emergency Health Support program has been released. Nigeria was excluded.

The program implemented by World Bank is aimed at strengthening developing countries’ response to the pandemic. 

The first operations of the COVID-19 support program was launched on Thursday, following approval by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors.

Nigeria, despite being one of the worst hit among developing countries was missing in the list of beneficiaries in a statement posted on the banks website.

Twenty-five countries were listed as beneficiaries of the COVID-19 support program, which involves projects amounting to a total of $1.9bn.

Bayern Munich has fined the club defender, Jerome Boateng, for violating the lock-down rules, to visit his sick son in the hospital.

The German star crashed his Mercedes car on the Motorway on his way back from the hospital, reportedly causing damage worth about £22,000.

Bavaria, where Boateng’s house is located went into lock-down over the coronavirus pandemic, with Germany being one of the worst-hit countries in Europe.

Boateng’s trip to Leipzig to see his son, broke the restriction regulations put in place by the German government, to limit the spread of the disease.

Bayern said in a statement “The guidelines govern the behavior of the FC Bayern players in the current situation in line with the Bavarian state government’s directives on restrictions on movement and the recommendations of the health authorities.

FC Bayern believes the club has a responsibility to be a role model.”

Boateng said it is sad, he had no other option than to go and see his son, however he accepted that he was wrong and he is willing to face the consequences.

“I know that it was certainly a mistake not to inform the club about my trip, but in the moment I only had my son in mind.

He was not in good health. When a son calls his father, of course, I will still go, no matter what time,” Boateng said 

The head of Russia’s influential Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, drove a holy icon around the streets of Moscow in a procession of cars on Friday, as the country fights to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The icon of the Virgin Mary was driven 109 kilometers (68 miles) in a procession of sleek black cars shown on state television and was brought to a cathedral in Moscow for a service.

Patriarch Kirill has said he would use the drive to intercede for the end of the coronavirus outbreak and urge Russians to respect and follow restrictions directive given by the authorities.

Moscow, the epicenter of Russia’s coronavirus outbreak, has been in lock-down since Monday and many regions across the country have since imposed similar measures.

Russia has reported 4,149 coronavirus cases and 34 deaths

Andrew Jack, a British actor and dialect coach who had roles in a number of Star Wars movies, dies at 76 after contracting Covid-19.

The British actor had played Major and then General Ematt in Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens and “Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi.

Jack also worked as a vocal coach on a number of blockbuster movie franchises, including Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lord of the Rings and The Avengers.

Jill McCullough,  Jack’s agent said in a statement that he died on Tuesday in a hospital in Surrey, England, as a result of the coronavirus.

“Andrew lived on one of the oldest working houseboats on the Thames, he was fiercely independent but madly in love with his wife, also a dialect coach, Gabrielle Rogers.

Tragically she is stuck in quarantine in Australia, having just flown in from New Zealand last week. She was unable to see or talk to him at the end of his life and there is a chance a funeral may not be held.”
McCullough said.