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N.Y.’s New Deaths Fall Below 600; Italy Toll Slows: Virus Update

N.Y.’s New Deaths Fall Below 600; Italy Toll Slows: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) —

New York State reported the fewest new deaths in almost two weeks and hospitalizations fell slightly. Spain became the third nation to cross 20,000 coronavirus fatalities, joining the U.S. and Italy.

For a third day, the U.K. had more than 800 fatalities. Italy had the fewest deaths in almost a week. The U.S. and Canada agreed to extend border restrictions for 30 days.

Thirteen nations issued a joint statement on the World Health Organization’s “critical role” after U.S. President Donald Trump moved to cut funding.

Key Developments

Virus Tracker: Cases top 2.27 million; deaths exceed 156,000A wild ride for global supply chains captured in seven chartsMilan’s alarming virus trend threatens plan to restart ItalyRelief funds for freelancers, self-employees in limboVA hospitals as U.S. safety net being testedMore than half of British companies likely to apply for aid

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Italy Has Fewest Deaths Since April 12 (12:20 p.m. NY)

Italy reported the fewest deaths in six days as new cases remained stable. The country registered 482 fatalities down from 525 a day earlier, the lowest since April 12. Total deaths are 23,227. There were 3,491 new cases compared with 3,493 a day earlier, with the total now 175,925. Patients in intensive care fell for a 15th day.

Pennsylvania Reports Most Daily Deaths (12:17 p.m. NY)

Pennsylvania reported 80 new deaths, the most on a single day, taking statewide fatalities to 836. A day earlier, the state had 49 deaths. The health department had 1,628 new cases, bringing the state’s total to 31,069.

Denmark Extends Aid Programs (12:15 p.m. NY)

Denmark extended aid programs to businesses and workers by a month, to July 8, and added new measures to increase spending by about 100 billion kroner ($15 billion), according to a statement.

The government said companies that pay dividends, buy back shares or are registered in tax havens won’t be eligible for the programs, which now amount to 400 billion kroner with loans and guarantees.

N.Y. Deaths Lowest in Almost Two Weeks (11:45 a.m. NY)

New York reported 540 deaths in the past 24 hours, down from 630 the previous day, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. The state’s death toll is now 13,362. It’s the first time the daily toll dropped below 600 in 12 days. The state reached a peak of 799 deaths on April 9.

Cuomo said new hospitalizations fell slightly, but for a third straight day the daily admissions remained higher than 1,900.

Canada-U.S. Extend Border Restrictions (11:30 a.m. NY)

Canada and the U.S. will extend the closure of their shared border to non-essential travel for another 30 days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

Both countries agreed to close the border to most travelers in March. Trudeau said the extension has the same terms as before and allows essential goods and services to move between the countries.

U.K. Deaths Over 800 for Third Day (9:06 a.m. NY)

The U.K. reported more than 800 deaths for the third day in a row. Fatalities rose by 888 to 15,464. The number of cases reached more than 114,000, the health ministry said on Saturday.

Netherlands Hospital Admissions Slow (8:07 a.m. NY)

The Netherlands reported 129 new hospital admissions, up just 1%, marking a record low since the daily statistic has been reported since late March. Total confirmed cases grew 4% to 31,589, in line with recent trends. Fatalities rose to 3,601, also in line.

General practitioners in the country will also be able to fill out short questionnaires about patients suspected of having the virus. The gathering of this information is intended to better map the spread of the virus in the country.

Portugal also reported a bigger number of new confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, while the number of hospitalized patients fell. There were 663 new cases in a day, taking the total to 19,685, the government said on Saturday.

Amazon Uses Thermal Cameras for Fever Scans: Reuters (7:47 a.m. NY) is using thermal cameras at its warehouses, Reuters reported, citing staff. The aim is to speed up temperature checks to find workers who might be infected with the coronavirus. The move comes after employees in more than 50 Amazon warehouses were reported to be infected with the virus, and unions called on Amazon to close buildings down.

Spanish Deaths Pass 20,000 (7:55 a.m. NY)

New coronavirus cases in Spain rose by 4,499 in the last 24 hours, pushing the total to 191,726 as the government reviews the way it reports its figures.

Authorities reported a total of 20,043 deaths from the illness since the outbreak started, with 565 people dying in the last 24 hours. That’s roughly in line with this week’s data, although the ministry hasn’t clarified discrepancies in the number of deaths reported yesterday. Spain is now the third country after Italy and the U.S. to suffer more than 20,000 deaths.

13 Nations Flag WHO’s ‘Critical Role’ (7 a.m. NY)

Germany, Canada, France, the U.K., South Korea and eight other nations issued a joint statement noting the “critical role” of the World Health Organization in tackling the virus outbreak.

The so-called Ministerial Coordination Group on COVID-19 said a “strong and coordinated global health response” is needed. The U.S. is not a member of the group. President Donald Trump has criticized the WHO and ordered a halt to contributions to the organization.

The 13 nations also agreed that emergency measures to tackle the virus “must be targeted, proportionate, transparent and temporary.” They must not “create unnecessary barriers to trade or disruption to global supply chains” and must comply with WTO rules.

Iran Deaths Pass 5,000 (5:37 p.m. HK)

Fatalities in Iran rose to 5,031 as the country’s daily death toll from the virus fell to the lowest in over a month with 73 deaths in the past 24 hours. Total known cases reached 80,868 with 1,374 new infections since Friday.

Iran is seeking $50 million from the World Bank to help it fight the pandemic, marking the first time since 2005 that the country has applied for such a loan from the Washington-based institution, a deputy health minister said on state TV. Iran has also requested a loan of 130 million euros ($141 million) from the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank, of which it is the largest stakeholder after Saudi Arabia and Libya.

Nigerian Chief of Staff Dies (4:56 p.m. HK)

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff died on Friday after contracting the coronavirus in Germany. Abba Kyari, whose age wasn’t disclosed, was regarded as one of the most powerful politicians in the West African country and a strong supporter of state intervention in the economy.

Russia Reports Biggest Case Increase (4:35 p.m. HK)

Russia recorded its largest daily increase in coronavirus infections, with new cases rising by almost 5,000 in a single day.

New infections jumped by 4,785 to 36,793, the official Russian coronavirus information center reported on its website. Forty people died in the past day, including 21 in Moscow, bringing the number of fatalities to 313. The pace of new cases increased 17.6% after slowing to less than 15% in the previous two days.

Singapore, Japan Cases Climb (3:21 p.m. HK)

Singapore preliminarily reported a record 942 new virus cases, versus 623 the day before, the country’s health ministry said in a statement. Foreign workers living in dormitories account for the vast majority of the new infections, it said.

Separately, Tokyo found 181 new cases, TV Asahi reported. Cases in Japan exceed 10,000, NHK said.

German Cruise Ship Leaves Australia: AP (3 p.m. HK)

A German-operated cruise ship left Western Australia after three weeks, the Associated Press reported, adding that three people died on board of the virus during that time. About 79 crew and passengers aboard the Artania had tested positive.

The ship had been urged to leave Australian waters several week ago amid concerns that an outbreak on board could overwhelm already-strained local hospitals. Its operator Phoenix-Reisen GmbH had refused to do so so it can first determine whether any more people on board are infected, and wanted the vessel to be thoroughly cleaned, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported on April 1.

Trump ‘Danger for Public Health,’ Merkel Partner Says (3 p.m. HK)

U.S. President Trump is “a danger for people’s health, not just in his own country,” according to the parliamentary leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partner.

Trump “has done many things wrong and too late and is focusing only on his own performance,” Social Democrat caucus chief Rolf Muetzenich said in an interview with Der Spiegel magazine. “If he withholds funding for the WHO, he only wants to distract attention from his own mistakes.”

German Infections Rise by Most in a Week (2:08 p.m. HK)

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased at a quicker rate for a third day and by the most in seven days as the nation prepares for a relaxation of some restrictions on public life.

There were 3,699 new infections in the 24 hours through Saturday, taking the total to 141,397, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The pace of increase in new cases had declined steadily for six days until Thursday from a peak of 5,633 on April 9.

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