Spanish health ministry reports 832 deaths in 24 hours, bringing the toll to 5,690, as fatalities worldwide exceed 27,000.
Spain’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic jumped to 5,690 on Saturday, with 832 fatalities in the past 24 hours, according to the health ministry.
The announcement came as the number of people infected with the virus in the United States hit more than 104,000, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, with fatalities surpassing 1,700.
Italy, meanwhile, announced 919 new deaths from the coronavirus, the highest number of fatalities any country has reported in the space of 24 hours since the outbreak began late last year. The total number of people who have died as a result of COVID-19 in Italy now stands at 9,134.
Worldwide, the number of cases has reached more than 600,000, of which more than 131,000 people have recovered. More than 27,000 have died.
Jakarta extends state of emergency
Ramping up its effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Indonesia’s capital Jakarta announced that the current state of emergency – imposed on March 20 – will be extended by two more weeks due to an increase in the number of infections.
“We’re preparing ways to anticipate all possibilities that could happen in the city,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan told reporters on a video conference call. “We implore people of Jakarta to not leave Jakarta, especially for their home towns.”
Indonesia confirmed 109 new coronavirus infections, taking the total cases in the country to 1,155, including 102 fatalities.
US pre-approval for S Korean test kits
Three South Korean coronavirus test-kit makers have won preliminary approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
South Korea’s foreign ministry said that winning the preliminary approval under emergency use authorization will allow the products to be sold in the US.US President Donald Trump this week asked his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, to supply the medical devices and promised to help South Korean firms gain US regulator approval.
Swiss firm Roche has also won Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA for its test kits.
South African billionaire Motsepe donates $57m
South African billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe said he would donate one billion rand ($57m) to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.
Motsepe, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s brother-in-law and head of investment firm African Rainbow Capital, told a press conference the money would be channeled through the government to build water, health and education facilities.