Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: April 3

Bangkok Desk, Apr 3 (efe-epa).- Here’s a roundup of stories around the world related to the novel coronavirus pandemic:

CHINA: Officials announced they would hold a day of national mourning Saturday for the “martyrs” who died in the fight against the coronavirus and for those who perished due to the disease.

The country’s health commission registered 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday – 29 of them from abroad – and four new deaths, all in Wuhan, the origin of the outbreak.

According to the commission, there were also 12 new suspected cases, also of Chinese citizens who continue to return to the country from affected areas.

IRAN: The President of the Parliament, Ali Larijani contracted coronavirus and is in quarantine, as are many members of the country’s Chamber and Government.

THAILAND: The government announced 103 new cases Thursday to reach 1,978 infections and four new deaths, taking the total to 19. At least 581 people have overcome the illness, 76 of them in the last day, according to the health ministry.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha announced Thursday a nationwide curfew from 10pm to 4am, which excludes essential workers and the breach of which is liable to a 40,000 baht (about $1,215) or two years in jail, or both.

SOUTH KOREA: Colombian President Iván Duque said Thursday that South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in expressed his intention to supply the South American country with respirators, medical supplies and specialists to help combat the coronavirus epidemic.

The leaders spoke by phone about the fight against COVID-19 and Moon offered help given the close friendship between the countries and South Korea’s experience containing the disease.

MYANMAR: The country registered four more cases to take its tally to 20, though it is believed very few tests are being carried out given the country’s precarious healthcare system. There have been no reports of deaths.

JAPAN: The country’s Toyota Motor Group announced it would halt production at five of its plants in Japan to adapt to the falling global demand from the coronavirus pandemic, a decision similar to that taken by other Japanese and international manufacturers. EFE-EPA


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