Live COVID-19 updates: Japan's Abe to declare state of emergency as COVID-19 cases surge

Source: Xinhua| 2020-04-06 10:18:34|Editor: xuxin
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BEIJING, April 6 (Xinhua) -- The world is now in a battle against COVID-19, a disease caused by a previously unknown coronavirus that has spread to over 200 countries and regions.

The following are the updates on the contagious disease.

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to declare a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak in Japan, due to the recent surging COVID-19 cases in Tokyo and other large cities, government sources said Monday.

Pressure had been mounting on Abe to make the declaration amid a surge in COVID-19 cases recently, with calls for the move from Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and the Japan Medical Association intensifying.

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WASHINGTON -- The United States has recorded more than 1,200 deaths from COVID-19 in the past day, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to more than 9,600, Johns Hopkins University said Sunday evening.

There are more than 337,000 confirmed infections in the United States, said the Baltimore-based university.

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil's Health Ministry said on Sunday the country's death toll from COVID-19 has climbed to 486 as 11,130 people tested positive to the coronavirus disease.

In the past 24 hours, 54 patients died, up 12.5 percent compared with the day before, and 852 new infections were detected, placing the mortality rate at 4.4 percent, said the authorities

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NEW YORK -- A tiger at New York City's Bronx Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19, the zoo said on Sunday.

Nadia, a four-year-old female Malayan tiger, had developed a dry cough before getting tested. Nadia's sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions are also being monitored for similar symptoms, said the zoo in a news release.

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CAPE TOWN -- The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 1,655, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the country reported two more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 11.

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ISLAMABAD -- The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has risen to 3,059 including 45 deaths in Pakistan, according to the data updated by the country's health ministry on Sunday evening.

The statistics presented by the ministry showed that at least 512 people were tested positive while eight deaths were registered from Friday to Sunday.

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LONDON -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday night, 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19, Downing Street said.

Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus on March 27 and is self-isolating in Downing Street, but his symptoms "continue to persist."

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FRANKFURT -- The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Germany climbed to 91,714 as of 0:00 local time on Sunday, with a death toll of 1,342, according to data from Robert Koch Institute, the country's disease control authority.

The confirmed cases were 5,936 more than the previous day.