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COVID-19: Here's what you need to know today

Sunday, April 05, 2020

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infections worldwide surpassed 1.2 million people while more than 65,000 people across 190 countries and territories. More than half of the world's population is now under lockdown conditions in a global effort to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic.

— The number of confirmed cases in Jamaica climbed to 55 after two more people tested positive for the coronavirus.

— Haiti reported its first COVID-19 death, a 55-year-old man who had underlying health conditions.

— Barbados also recorded its first virus death, an 81-year-old male who had travelled to the United Kingdom.

— In Bermuda, health officials announced two more confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing Bermuda's total to 37, as the island began a 14-day lockdown.

— In the United States, the coronavirus death toll in New York state rose to 4,159 up from 3,565 a day prior. The spike by 594 deaths showed a slight decrease in the day-to-day number of lives lost compared to the previous day.

— In the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II is expected to make a rare special address at 1900 GMT on Sunday. Britain reported 621 more deaths on Saturday, taking the total toll to 4,934.

— Spain saw its third consecutive daily decline in the number of people dying from the coronavirus pandemic as the country recorded another 674 fatalities bringing total deaths to 12,418.

— Italy recorded 525 deaths, its lowest daily death toll of from the virus in over two weeks and saw the number of critical care patients decline for the second day.

— France on Sunday reported 357 coronavirus deaths in hospital in 24 hours, lower than the previous two days, bringing the country's total death toll to 8,078.

Read the full stories here:

Two more positive COVID-19 cases in Jamaica, total now 55

Haiti reports first coronavirus death

Barbados records first COVID-19 death

Bermuda's COVID-19 cases rise to 37 as lockdown starts

New York state virus toll tops 4,000 with 594 new deaths in 24 hours

Spain sees 3rd daily drop in coronavirus deaths

Italy records lowest virus death toll in over two weeks

France reports 357 new coronavirus hospital deaths, total now 8,078

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