Global: The number of confirmed cases in Japan rose to 11,950 from 11,512 yesterday. Deaths rose to 299 from 281, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News. South Korea recorded 10,702 new confirmed cases, up from 10,694 one day ago. Deaths rose slightly as well, to 240 from 238.
Philippines: The Philippines has extended its lockdown in the capital Manila until 15 May, stretching to eight weeks – one of the world’s strictest community quarantines to curb coronavirus infections.
China: China’s ambassador to the UK has strongly rebuked the US for suggesting Beijing was not truthful about the coronavirus, saying Washington should not seek to bully the China in a manner reminiscent of the 19th century European colonial wars.
Mainland China has reported six new coronavirus cases as of end-April 23, down from 10 reported the previous day, putting the total number of COVID-19 infections at 82,804.
US: US coronavirus deaths hit another grim milestone on Friday, topping 50,000, as the number of lives lost in April rises by an average of 2,000 a day, according to the Worldometers website, which tracks the pandemic.
US President Donald Trump has suggested that disinfectants could be injected into human beings as part of an experiment to fight coronavirus. He also added that social distancing guidelines will be extended until “we feel safe” during the daily White House coronavirus briefing.
The US Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be releasing $631m to state and local governments in response to the Covid-19 health emergency.
The US House of Representatives voted 212-182 to create a special panel to oversee the distribution of coronavirus relief funds. Majority Whip Jim Clyburn will chair the committee.
Venezuela: A man has been shot dead in southern Venezuela during a protest against rising food prices, the military said amid the coronavirus crisis.
Saudi Arabia: The Saudi presidency of the Group of 20 major economies has called for further immediate donations to fund the emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic and develop needed vaccines.
Haiti: Haiti has received a deportation flight of 129 Haitians, including minors, from the United States, days after three deportees who arrived on the previous flight tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Belgium: The Belgian city of Antwerp, Europe’s second-biggest port, is getting ready to test a device aimed at helping thousands of people employed there to respect social distancing.
Italy: Italy’s number of recoveries from COVID-19 overtook new infections for the first time on Thursday, a sign that a nationwide lockdown is significantly checking the disease.
France: France will lift its lockdown countrywide on a case-by-case basis, rather than region by region, an official at the president’s office said.