Coronavirus latest: at a glance

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(The Guardian) – Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:

  • The British prime minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is exhibiting “mild symptoms”. Johnson, 55, said he was now self-isolating and working from home and would continue to lead the national fightback against the virus.
  • Spanish recorded a new record single-day death toll. There have been 769 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 4,858. The country now has 64,059 confirmed cases, up from 56,188 yesterday.
  • The Spanish government has withdrawn 9,000 Chinese-made coronavirus testing kits from use after it emerged that they had an accurate detection rate of just 30%.
  • The number of cases in Iran has risen to 32,332, while the number of deaths hits 2,378, according to the country’s health ministry.
  • A spike in coronavirus patients means hospitals in and around Paris will reach saturation point within 48 hours, said the head of the French Hospital Federation. The death toll nationwide as of Thursday evening stood at 1,696.
  • Covid-19 continues its spread across the African continent with 3,243 cases and 83 deaths now recorded.
  • South Africa has reported its first deaths resulting from Covid-19 said health minister Dr Zwelini Mkhize.

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