Nikkei Asia is following the spread of the coronavirus which was first detected in the city of Wuhan, in central China.
The cumulative global cases have reached 131,142,993, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The worldwide death toll has reached 2,850,449 people.
For more information on the spread of COVID-19 and the progress of immunization around the world, please see our interactive charts and maps.
Monday April 5
1:00 p.m. In a grim milestone, India is reporting 103,558 cases in the past 24 hours, its highest level on record. The total number of cases in India now stands at 12.59 million. Deaths jumped from 478, to 165,101.
Daily cases of COVID-19 in India are making their biggest jump ever, climbing to 103,558, according to data from the Ministry of Health, bringing the country’s total to 12.59 million. The 478 new deaths bring the number of deaths in the country to 165,101.
11:50 a.m. Johnson & Johnson has applied for an emergency authorization to use its single-injection vaccine in the Philippines, the country’s Food and Drug Administration chief said. The J&J documents, submitted Wednesday, are under review, FDA chief executive Rolando Enrique Domingo told reporters. J&J is the seventh COVID-19 vaccine maker to seek approval in the Philippines.
11:00 South Korea is reporting 473 new cases, up from 543 a day ago and the first time in six days for the country to report fewer than 500 new cases. The total number of infections reached 105,752, with 1,748 deaths.
9:30 a.m. China is reporting 32 new cases for Sunday, up from 21 a day earlier and marking the highest daily total in more than two months. Of the new cases, 15 were local infections, all of which were reported in Yunnan province where a new cluster was found near the Myanmar border. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, stood at 18, matching the previous day’s total.
8:50 a.m. Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele said China will donate 150,000 doses of Sinovac to the country, in addition to the 2 million doses of Sinovac his government has already purchased. “I received a letter from President Xi Jinping, in which he informs me that he will donate 150,000 COVID-19 vaccines to our country,” Bukele wrote on Twitter. El Salvador began its vaccination campaign with AstraZeneca vaccine in February In 2018, El Salvador severed ties with Taiwan during a visit to Beijing.
4 h 10 The United States administered more than 165 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines nationwide on Sunday morning and distributed nearly 208 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of doses administered has increased by more than 3 million since Saturday.
The agency says 106.2 million people have received at least one dose, while 61.4 million are fully vaccinated. The CDC count includes the two-dose inoculations of Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech as well as the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.
Sunday April 4
9:11 p.m. India’s richest state Maharashtra is imposing strict restrictions on COVID-19 from Monday after a rapid rise in infections, a minister of state said. The state will close shopping malls, movie theaters, bars and restaurants from Monday night and impose a full lockdown on weekends, Nawab Malik told reporters after a cabinet meeting.
2:06 p.m. Leicester City center-back Caglar Soyuncu missed the team’s 2-0 Premier League loss to Manchester City on Saturday because he tested positive for COVID-19 while playing for Turkey in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, manager Brendan Rodgers said. Soyuncu, who played Turkey’s 3-3 draw against Latvia on Tuesday, is isolated in Turkey. The 24-year-old has made 16 league appearances for Leicester this season.
Saturday April 3
22:26 Taiwan will receive its first batch of vaccines on Sunday under the WHO-led COVAX program, the island’s health minister said. Almost 200,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be delivered.
7:30 p.m. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is extending a strict lockdown in the capital region and adjacent provinces for at least a week in an attempt to contain a new wave of coronavirus infections, his spokesman said on Saturday. The Philippines, which has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Southeast Asia, reported 12,576 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, putting additional strain on the health system.
3:20 p.m. Australia will continue its inoculation program with AstraZeneca, health officials said on Saturday, after a case of blood clotting raised concerns about the safety of the vaccine.
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