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Al Jazeera 30 Mar 2020

Europe pandemic crisis: coronavirus death toll surges

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As the outbreak continues to grow across Europe, leaders and health officials are warning their citizens that anti-virus measures could stay in place for months.
The UK's deputy chief medical officer says social distancing rules will be reviewed after three weeks - but warned that this period could last for six months.
In France and Spain, many hospital officials say they are stretched to the limit.

Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan reports from Chessington, UK.


President Trump signed an executive order targeting social media companies Thursday. It comes as the president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are responding to the rising coronavirus death toll. CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett, CBS News political correspondent Ed O'Keefe and CBS News political director Caitlin Conant discuss.
The latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic:
- The Johns Hopkins university says the global death toll has topped 300,000. There are more than 4.4 million confirmed cases worldwide.
- South Sudan has registered its first death from the coronavirus.
- Slovenia has called an official end to its pandemic - becoming the first European country to do so.
- After a two-month shutdown, restaurants, cafes and bars are reopening in Australia's most populous state, New South Wales.
- People in central Bolivia in South America have defied shutdown orders to protest against coronavirus restrictions. The country's been under lockdown since mid-March and many residents want it relaxed. They're calling on authorities to provide more water and food. There have been over 3,000 COVID-19 cases reported in Bolivia, and around 140 deaths.
Spain has Europe's second highest coronavirus death toll behind Italy. Its nearly 8,000 fatalities have now surpassed China. With the elderly at high risk, nursing homes in Spain have been overwhelmed by the number of infections. There are reports of dire conditions, with dead bodies left in beds for hours. Relatives are worried about their loved ones but they've been banned from visiting.
In the United States the death toll from COVID-19 now exceeds three-thousand. More than a third of those victims are from New York state, whose governor has issued an urgent appeal for medical volunteers . Andrew Cuomo called the number of deaths "staggering". So far, around 80,000 former medical professionals have answered Cuomo's call. Meanwhile, a US Navy hospital ship has arrived to help relieve pressure on the city's hospitals.
More Coronavirus news:
- Italy, the country with the most deaths, will extend its lockdown until at least April 12th. Italians have been under lockdown for three weeks already.
- The World Health Organization is warning that even though the focus is now on Europe and the U-S, the coronavirus pandemic is still 'far from over' in Asia and the Pacific region.
- Brazil's health minister has defied president Jair Bolsonaro - and urged Brazilians to practice social distancing. Bolsonaro has downplayed the pandemic, and opposes regional lockdown measures.
- Myanmar and Tanzania have become the latest countries to report their first coronavirus deaths, as part of the global pandemic.
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