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Deadliest day for Spain as coronavirus cases surge

Spain's health ministry has announced 838 new coronavirus deaths, marking the country's highest daily jump in fatalities and bringing its total to 6,528. Elsewhere, US President Donald Trump... #DeadliestdayforSpain

Spain's health ministry has announced 838 new coronavirus deaths, marking the country's highest daily jump in fatalities and bringing its total to 6,528. Elsewhere, US President Donald Trump backed away from imposing a quarantine in the New York area, instead directing that a "strong travel advisory" be issued for the region to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

The US now accounts for the highest number of coronavirus infections of any nation, recording more than 122,000 confirmed cases on Saturday. The death toll in the country surged past 2,000, more than double the figure two days ago.

Worldwide, the number of cases has reached more than 684,000. Some 145,000 people have recovered, while more than 32,000 have died.

US could top 100,000: The United States government's foremost infection disease expert says the country could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections from the coronavirus pandemic. Dr Anthony Fauci, speaking on CNN's “State of the Union” on Sunday, offered his prognosis as the federal government weighs rolling back guidelines on social distancing in areas that have not been hard-hit by the outbreak at the conclusion of the nationwide 15-day effort to slow the spread of the virus.

"I would say between 100,000 and 200,000 cases," he said, correcting himself to say he meant deaths. "We're going to have millions of cases." But he added "I don't want to be held to that” because the pandemic is "such a moving target".

Italy: Italy's government will "inevitably" extend beyond April 3 the containment measures it had approved to stem the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the regional affairs minister said. Italy has suffered the most deaths from the virus epidemic and was the first Western country to introduce severe restrictions on movement after uncovering the outbreak just over five weeks ago. The government has since increasingly tightened them and these were initially expected to be softened from next Friday. "The measures that were due on April 3 will inevitably be extended," Francesco Boccia said in an interview with SkyTG24. Italy's coronavirus death toll passes 10,000.

Pakistan's coronavirus infections continued to increase with the addition of 121 new cases. The South Asian nation now has 1,526 cases of the coronavirus. Thirteen people have died so far of the Covid-19 disease it can cause, according to Health Minister Zafar Mirza.

UK: The number of people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the United Kingdom rose to 1,228, according to figures released on Sunday, an increase of 209. The previous increase saw the death toll rise by 260 people.

The Swiss death toll from coronavirus has reached 257, the country's public health agency said, up from 235 people the previous day. The number of confirmed cases also increased to 14,336 from 13,213 on Saturday, it said.

Saudi Arabia's death toll from the coronavirus doubled to eight after four died overnight, according to a health ministry spokesman. The kingdom reported 96 new cases, bringing the total number of infections to 1,299, the highest among Arab Gulf countries.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands surged past the 10,000 mark, health authorities said, adding that deaths and hospitalisations were waning. The Netherlands' National Institute for Health (RIVM) said confirmed cases rose by 1,104 to 10,866, an 11% increase. There were 132 new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 771.

Pope Francis has backed calls by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire in order to better deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at his weekly blessing, Francis appealed to everyone to "stop every form of bellicose hostility and to favour the creation of corridors for humanitarian help, diplomatic efforts and attention to those who find themselves in situations of great vulnerability". (With inputs from News Agencies)

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