Coronavirus latest - Confirmed cases top four million globally

People await for the free distribution of protective masks by the Chinese Evangelical Catholic Church in Rome on April 17, 2020   -  Euronews-  Copyright  Tiziana FABI / AFP



  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to address the nation and announce the next steps in his strategy to deal with the coronavirus pandemic at 20:00 CET. Here is what you can expect
Scotland wants to continue urging people to "stay at home"

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Sunday said she had asked the UK government to not deploy its new coronavirus messaging in Scotland.

This came after the British government replaced its “stay at home” slogan with a new “stay alert” message. Critics fear this might confuse people as to what's safe and what isn't.



"We mustn't squander our progress by easing up (the lockdown) too soon or sending mixed messages that result in people thinking it's OK to ease up now," said Sturgeon.

"Let me be very blunt about the consequences if we were to do that. People will die unnecessarily."

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to make a televised address on Sunday evening to lay out the stages for lifting the lockdown in England.


Germany reports increase in infection rate

The Robert Koch National Institute of Virology, responsible for monitoring the evolution of the pandemic, reported an increase in the rate of infection, ironed around the area considered to be potentially dangerous, from 1 to 1.1.

This so-called "reproduction" rate measures the average number of people that a person infected with Covid-19 might contaminate. A number below suggests that the number of infections in the country is trending down, while a higher level suggests an upward trend.

Russia's confirmed cases pass 200,000

The country today registered 11,012 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number to more than 209,680, health officials said.

More than 1,900 deaths have been reported so far, while the number of positive cases has exceded 10,000 for the seventh consecutive day.

Obama criticises Trump for the handling of the Covid-19 crisis: 'An absolute disaster'

During a conversation with ex-members of his administration, Obama said combating the virus would have been bad even for the best of governments, but it’s been “an absolute chaotic disaster” when the mindset of “what’s in it for me” infiltrates government, according to a recording obtained by Yahoo News mentioned by The Associated Press.

Global Covid-19 cases pass the four million mark 

According to the John Hopkins University, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached four million globally.

Total recorded deaths are more than 279,300.

The US has been the worst-affected country in terms of death toll (more than 78,00) followed by the UK (more than 31,600) and Italy (30,300).
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