(The Guardian) – Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:
- Italy may begin to lift current lockdown measures: On Wednesday, there were 542 coronavirus-related deaths in the country, compared with 604 the previous day.
- At least 88,950 deaths worldwide: According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University close to 1.5 million people are confirmed to have been infected. There have been more than 432,000 cases in the US and 14,800 deaths in the country. In the UK there have been more than 61,400 confirmed cases and nearly 7,100 deaths.
- The official death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Iran has passed 4,000, the country’s health ministry reported on Thursday, after 117 more people were confirmed to have died from the disease in the past 24 hours.
- Concern in China over asymptomatic cases of Covid-19: According to the People’s Daily, a state council body has ordered reporting and monitoring of those not showing symptoms despite carrying the virus to be stepped up in China.
- Spain hopeful that latest data is ‘encouraging’: The country has the second highest number of global cases.
- Fighting continues in Kashmir despite outbreak: Indian and Pakistani troops are continuing to fight over disputed Kashmir, despite surging coronavirus outbreaks. Data from the Indian army shows there were 411 ceasefire violations by Pakistan’s military in March, compared with 467 in the same month last year.
- Lockdown expected to be extended in UK and Ireland
- Security concerns over Zoom: The US senate has asked its members not to use the video-conferencing app Zoom over security concerns. The app has experienced a surge in usage after lockdown measures were put in place around the world, but concerns have been raised about its lack of end-to-end encryption and uninvited guests crashing meetings.
- Coronavirus could double number of people going hungry.
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