COVID-19 updates: Global cases surpass 2 million

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A woman covers her mouth with scarf on a street in Tehran, Iran, on Dec. 4, 2019. At least 56 people have died from flu in Iran over the past two months, Iranian Deputy Health Minister Alireza Reisi was quoted as saying by semi-official Mehr news agency on Monday. (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua)
A woman covers her mouth with scarf on a street in Tehran, Iran, on Dec. 4, 2019. At least 56 people have died from flu in Iran over the past two months, Iranian Deputy Health Minister Alireza Reisi was quoted as saying by semi-official Mehr news agency on Monday. (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua)

The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
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NEW YORK — Global confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 2 million on Wednesday morning, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

The figure has reached 2,000,984 with 128,071 deaths as of 10 a.m. local time (1400 GMT), the CSSE said.
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TEHRAN — The novel coronavirus outbreak in Iran has inflicted 187 million U.S. dollars of loss on the hotel industry in the country, according to a Financial Tribune daily report on Wednesday.

After the outbreak of novel coronavirus in Iran in February, hotels, lodgings and guesthouses were among the first to shut down.
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LONDON — The death toll of those hospitalized in Britain who tested positive for the novel coronavirus hit 12,868 as of Tuesday afternoon, a daily increase of 761, the Department of Health and Social Care said Wednesday.

As of Wednesday morning, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Britain reached 98,476, said the department, adding that 398,916 tests have concluded, with 15,994 tests on Tuesday.
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DAR ES SALAAM — Authorities in Tanzania’s business capital Dar es Salaam on Wednesday announced measures aimed at containing the COVID-19 pandemic, including selection of 24 health centers for collection of samples from infected suspects.

Paul Makonda, Dar es Salaam regional commissioner, said in a statement that the 24 centers will collect samples of people suspected to have been infected with the virus and send them to the national health laboratory for testing.
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LISBON — A total of 931,000 Portuguese workers have temporarily lost their jobs under the country’s simplified temporary “lay-off” measure prompted by the coronavirus outbreak, Portuguese Minister of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security Ana Mendes Godinho said on Wednesday.

The government’s “lay-off regime” enables companies that lose at least 40 percent of their turnover due to the COVID-19 pandemic to suspend employment contracts.
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CAIRO — Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly ordered on Wednesday the full closure of all public parks, beaches and other gathering places during the coming holidays to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

April 19 and 20 mark respectively the Coptic Easter and the traditional Egyptian spring holiday of Sham El-Nessim, which are often celebrated with family outings to parks or other outdoor excursions.
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ADDIS ABABA — The death toll from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the African continent reached 874 as the number of confirmed cases hit 16,285 as of Wednesday, the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, a specialized agency of the 55-member African Union (AU) Commission, in its latest situation update issued on Wednesday also revealed that the number of confirmed positive cases across the continent rose from 15,249 on Tuesday to 16,285 as of Wednesday afternoon.
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BANGKOK — Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Wednesday it will conduct an assessment on the enforcement of measures imposed under the state of emergency decree amid the COVID-19, including the night curfew, to determine whether they should be extended or whether some of the measures can be eased.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed his satisfaction, saying that Thailand’s COVID-19 infection rates have shown signs of slowing down.
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MADRID — Spain saw a rise in new COVID-19 cases recorded in a 24-hour period and a slight fall in new deaths, according to the data collected by the Ministry for Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare by 21:00 hours on Tuesday and made public on Wednesday.

There were 523 new fatalities, down from the 567 reported on Tuesday and 517 on Monday, bringing the tally to 18,579. Enditem

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