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Coronavirus live news: Spain records new highest daily death toll; Australia limits public gatherings to two


Mar 29, 2020

Spain and Italy demanded more European help as they fight still-surging coronavirus infections amid the continents worst crisis since World War II, the Associated Press reports.

Both countries together account for more than half of the world’s Covid-19 death toll, and are still seeing over 800 deaths a day each.

Europe must demonstrate that it is able to respond to this historic call, Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte said on Saturday evening. “I will fight until the last drop of sweat, until the last gram of energy, to obtain a strong, vigorous, cohesive European response,” he said.

The death toll of some countries could yet be much higher than reported, experts say, as unlike the U.S., France and Italy for instance do not count deaths that take place in nursing homes or in homes among their virus numbers.


Here a few key developments at a glance:

  • Spain has recorded a further 838 deaths, a record daily increase of fatalities in the country.
  • Tokyo has confirmed 68 new coronavirus cases, another record daily increase, as millions of people in and around Tokyo are urged to stay at home unless a trip outside is necessary.
  • The British cabinet minister Michael Gove has said the lockdown restrictions in the UK could remain in place for a “significant period”, as criticism mounted over the government’s testing of cases and ordering of ventilators under an EU scheme they did not participate in because of “communication problems”.
  • Italy’s deputy health minister, Pierpaolo Sileri, has said he expects the country, which is globally the worst affected by Covid-19 and has now recorded more than 10,000 deaths, to hit its infection peak in no more than 10 days.
  • Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, has announced further restrictions for the population, including limiting public gatherings to just two people. People should only leave their homes for essential reasons, and those over the age of 70 should stay home, he said.
  • Domestic abuse victims are allowed to leave home to seek help despite the lockdown rules, the UK home secretary, Priti Patel, has said in a column in the Mail on Sunday.
  • The Swiss Covid-19 death toll has risen to 257, up from 235 on the previous day, with the number of confirmed cases now at 14,336, from 13,213.
  • All travellers entering South Korea will be subjected to two weeks of mandatory quarantine starting at midnight next Wednesday, the prime minister, Chung Sye-kyun, announced on Sunday.
  • Domestic flights will resume in Hubei province, except in Wuhan, from Sunday midnight local time, as China’s new infections continue to fall.

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