– Cases of COVID-19 in Germany have surpassed 100,000, with more than 1,500 deaths
– Johnson’s office says the PM was hospitalized for “tests” on the advice of his doctor
– US President Donald Trump says US virus death toll will reach a ”a horrific point”
Updates in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC/GMT)
02:18 South Korea reported less than 50 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time since infections peaked on February 29.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said there were 47 new cases of coronavirus in the country, with the total number of cases reaching 10,284.
Deaths in South Korea rose by three, taking the total number to 186.
01:33 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to declare a state of emergency in Japan, news agency Kyodo reported, citing a government official. The move is said to be in response to the rising numbers of coronavirus infections in the country.
Just this weekend, 143 new cases were recorded. Japan has a total of 3,654 COVID-19 infections, 1,000 of which are in Tokyo. Eighty-five people have died from the virus.
The emergency declaration will enable authorities to close schools and issue stay-at-home orders, particularly in major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka.
Though Japan has not been acutely affected by the epidemic, experts worry that a sudden surge in cases could strain the medical system, in a country with a large elderly population.
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01:11 The total number of coronavirus cases in mainland China has risen by 39 to 81,708 as of Sunday. All except one were imported cases.
A total of 3,331 deaths have been reported in the country since the start of the outbreak, with one new death on Sunday in Hubei province, where the COVID-19 pandemic began. No new cases of infection were reported in Hubei, however.
Seventy-eight new asymptomatic cases were also reported by the National Health Commission.
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00:00 President Donald Trump said he was hopeful that the US could be seeing a ”leveling off” of the coronavirus crisis in some of the country’s hot spots for the viral outbreak.
“We see light at the end of the tunnel. Things are happening,” the president said during his daily White House briefing on the subject. But he warned that still, the US would reach ”a horrific point” in terms of deaths.
Trump added that some 1.67 million Americans had been tested so far and he again pushed the notion that hydroxychloroquine would be effective against the virus.
Despite the fact that no conclusive evidence exists to support the claim, Trump said that there were ”some very strong signs” that the drug helped and announced that the government had purchased ”a tremendous amount” of it.
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In reporting on the coronavirus pandemic, unless otherwise specified, DW uses figures provided by the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Coronavirus Resource Center in the United States. JHU updates figures in real time, collating data from world health organizations, state and national governments and other public official sources, all of whom have their own systems for compiling information.
Germany’s national statistics are compiled by its public health agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). These figures depend on data transmission from state and local levels and are updated around once a day, which can lead to deviation from JHU.
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