Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:
Confirmed cases pass million mark
According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, more than a million people are now known to have been infected worldwide. The true extent of the pandemic is likely to be significantly greater, however, because some countries are suspected of playing down their numbers of cases.
The institution has identified 1,007,977 cases, of which most have been in the US.
Global death toll passes 50,000
The number of confirmed deaths from Covid-19 passed 50,000, according to the same researchers. Italy remains the country worst affected by the outbreak, with 13,915 deaths, followed by Spain, with 10,003. The US is now the third worst affected country, with 5,316 total deaths.
In all, at least 52,771 people are known to have died worldwide.
French death toll rises by 471
The number of coronavirus deaths in French hospitals reached 4,503, an increase of 471 in 24 hours, slightly lower than in previous days. Added to the figure, however, are an estimated 884 deaths in retirement and care homes that were supplied for the first time.
UK pauses to recognise its key workers
After the widespread participation in last week’s “clap for carers” event – in which isolated people all over the UK applauded NHS workers from their windows, gardens and balconies – people came out for a repeat performance to honour the country’s key workers.
15-minute test gives Trump second negative result
According to a letter from his physician, Sean Conley, released by the White House, Doland Trump took a new, rapid point-of-contact coronavirus test. “He is healthy and without symptoms,” Conley said after obtaining the results in only 15 minutes.
Zaandam finally docks in Florida port
The cruise ship on which four people have died arrived in the US, while its sister ship the Rotterdam was also granted permission to dock. All guests will be screened and cleared for entry by US Customs and Border Protection, the ships’ operating company said.
UK hospital deaths rise by 569 to 2,921
A total of 2,921 patients have died in hospital after testing positive, according to the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care, which adds that 163,194 people have been tested, with 33,718 testing positive.
Italy records 760 more deaths
Italy registered 760 more deaths on Thursday, 33 more than on Wednesday. A total of 13,915 people have now died from the virus in the country.
US reveals 6.7m applied for jobless benefits in a week
More than 6.65 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the US last week, according to the latest official figures, highlighting the devastating economic impact the pandemic is having on the American economy.
Germany sees 1.1m applications for ‘immediate financial help’
Authorities in Germany have received 1.1m applications for help from self-employed and small businesses. €1bn (£875m) has already been paid out and €1.8bn worth of payments have been approved.