16 April

Global: Confirmed cases worldwide top two million.

The latest numbers from Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking the spread of the virus, put the confirmed global total of cases at 2,063,161. The researchers say at least 136,938 people have died since the start of the outbreak.

US: The US reports more than 25,000 new Covid-19 cases. Washington’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 605,390 cases of coronavirus – an increase of 26,385 cases from its previous count – and said the number of deaths has risen by 2,330 to 24,582.

New York City revises its death toll sharply upwards to more than 10,000 people. It added 3,778 people who were not tested but who are nevertheless presumed to have died from Covid-19.

In addition, the governors of New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania are ordering residents to wear face masks in public spaces.

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France: Amazon orders the temporary closure of all six of its French distribution centres. This comes one day after a French court ruled it was not doing enough to protect its workers in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

New Zealand: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says most restrictions on movement and social contact will remain in place even if the country eases a strict nationwide lockdown.

Asia: This year Asia’s economic growth will grind to a halt for the first time in 60 years, the IMF said on Thursday, as the coronavirus crisis takes an “unprecedented” toll on the region’s service sector and major export destinations.

Japan: Breweries in Japan shift from making sake to producing alcohol-based sanitiser. The switch comes amid a shortage of disinfectants.

China: Health authorities in China report 46 new confirmed coronavirus infections. Of these 34 are imported and 12 are domestic transmissions.

South Korea: President Moon Jae-in’s ruling party scored a landslide victory in parliamentary elections held in the throes of the pandemic, signalling to global leaders a strong response to the virus can translate into votes.