(The Guardian) – Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:
- Anti-coronavirus lockdown measures in Italy are to be extended to April 13, the health minister, Roberto Speranza, has said. Although data has shown that the total number of cases in the country is slowing – with 4,053 new infections on Tuesday – the death toll remains at over 800 a day.
- Spain has crossed the threshold of 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, health officials said on Wednesday. According to official figures, it has more cases than any country except Italy and the US. The country has logged 102,136 cases of the virus and 9,053 deaths.
- Russia has dispatched a cargo plane with masks and medical equipment to the US after Donald Trump accepted an offer of humanitarian aid from Vladimir Putin to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
- UK government aims for 25,000 tests a day within two weeks. Downing Street is facing mounting criticism over a lack of testing compared with other nations, with only 143,186 carried out to date. By comparison, Germany is testing 70,000 a day.
- Global deaths pass 43,000: Data collected by Johns Hopkins University researchers shows at least 43,291 people have died around the world. At least 874,000 have been infected.
- US deaths could reach 240,000, according to the White House.
- China moves to focus on asymptomatic cases.
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