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Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: April 23

(Update 1: Adds SPORTS, ITALY, UK, ENTERTAINMENT, PORTUGAL WHO)

Madrid Desk, Apr 23 (efe-epa).- Here’s a roundup of stories around the world related to the novel coronavirus pandemic:

SPORTS: The German Bundesliga has proposed its two top football leagues resume behind closed doors on 9 May, although lawmakers will have the final say on whether that goes ahead.

ITALY: Authorities in Italy said 464 coronavirus patients had died overnight, bringing the total to 25,549 since the outbreak began.

UNITED KINGDOM: There were a further 616 coronavirus-related deaths in hospitals across the UK and 4,583 new cases, authorities said. Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said a team of 18,000 people would be put in charge of tracing infections in a bid to prevent a second wave of COVID-19.

ENTERTAINMENT: The Beatles have invited Youtube spectators to take part in a worldwide karaoke this weekend as a distraction from the pandemic. Ringo Starr said it was a way to bring together people who missed singing together.

PORTUGAL: Authorities reported 35 new deaths, bringing the total to 820, as the number of confirmed cases rose 1.7 per cent to 22,353 and the government prepared to test 1,700 as a population sample.

WHO: The World Health Organization said over 50 percent of the roughly 110,000 coronavirus-related in Europe took place in care facilities such as residences for older people. Dr. Hans Kluge, WHO’s Europe director, said: “We must do all we can to ensure those workers have personal protective equipment and other essential supplies to protect themselves and those they care for.”

INDONESIA: The country announced 283 new coronavirus cases, taking the total to 7,418. It registered 19 more deaths, with the toll now at 635. Some 913 people have been discharged from hospital, 71 of them today.

SOUTH KOREA: South Korea reported eight new coronavirus cases (four imported), bringing the total to 10,702, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which added two new deaths for a total of 240, while 134 new patients were discharged for a total of 8,411. The overall fatality rate is now 2.24 percent, but 23.5 percent for patients over 80 years of age.

THAILAND: Health authorities confirmed 13 new cases for a total of 2,839 with one death for a total of 50 and 78 more people discharged from hospital for a total of 2,430.

VIETNAM: Authorities announced no new case for a week on Thursday, for a total of 268 cases, with just 45 of those “active.” Just under 30 percent (160) are imported cases, while 223 patients have been discharged from hospitals.

CHINA: There were 10 new cases of coronavirus recorded in China on Wednesday, six of them from abroad, for a total of 82,798, and no new deaths to stand at 4,632, with 77,207 patients discharged (up 56), the National Health Commission reported Thursday. EFE

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