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Voice of America 3 Apr 2020

More Than 600 New Graves Dug in Ukraine



Authorities in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro have dug more than 600 new graves to prepare for the possibility of an influx of victims from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city has banned autopsies for people who died from the coronavirus and has decreed for all deceased people to be placed in closed coffins during the quarantine period.

Ukraine has so far reported 942 COVID-19 infections and 23 deaths.


People in some of Argentina's poorest neighbourhoods are demanding government help to stop the spread of the coronavirus through their communities.
There are more than 1,000 confirmed cases in the Villa 31 slum in Buenos Aires, which is overcrowded and lacks running water.

Al Jazeera's Teresa Bo reports from Buenos Aires.
The total number of coronavirus deaths in Spain has now exceeded 10,000.

The country, the second-worst hit in terms of deaths, has also lost nearly 900,000 jobs. The US on Thursday said it saw a record 6.6 million new unemployment benefit claims

The unemployment figures are another sign of the dire impact the pandemic is having on businesses in many countries.

Worldwide, confirmed coronavirus infections are nearing one million, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The university's tracker has recorded more than 50,200 deaths globally; while more than 204,000 people have recovered.
Spain has reported 812 new deaths related to coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

Authorities say 6,398 more people have been infected.

The growth in coronavirus cases in hard-hit Spain appears to be slowing, the country's foreign minister has told the BBC.

Another 6,400 cases were confirmed on Monday, the lowest increase in new cases for a week. The total of deaths reached 7,340 after 812 new fatalities.

It comes as a national lockdown expanded to instruct non-essential workers to stay home for two weeks.

Meanwhile, the doctor leading the country's response has tested positive.

Spain's latest national figures show that the virus' upwards curve appears to be flattening out, Foreign Minister Arancha González says.
The United States is on the brink of overtaking Italy for the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths in the world.
That is after it recorded more than 2,100 deaths in its latest daily report - the highest single-day toll in the world.
More than half a million people in the US have been infected so far.
And critics of President Donald Trump say his slow response is largely to blame.
Al Jazeera's White House correspondent Kimberly Halkett reports.

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