Iran’s death toll from the new coronavirus has risen to 2,757 as 117 new deaths are reported, while 812 more people died in Spain in the past 24 hours, reaching 7,340 in total.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has extended federal guidelines on social distancing until April 30 after a top health official warned more than 100,000 people could die from the coronavirus in the US.
The announcement on Sunday evening came as the death toll in hard-hit New York state passed 1,000.
The initial 15-day period had been due to expire on Monday.
The US has 139,000 confirmed infections from the coronavirus, more than any other country in the world, while more than 2,400 people have died from the respiratory illness caused by the pathogen.
Worldwide, the total number of infections recorded since the beginning of the outbreak has reached over 718,000.
Some 149,000 people have recovered.
More than 33,000 have died.
Here are all the latest updates:
Monday, March 30
12:50 GMT – Tokyo Olympic Games to take place from July next year
The Tokyo Olympic Games will take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021, after they were postponed last week by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese organisers because of the coronavirus pandemic.
This year’s Games were originally scheduled to run from July 24 until August 9..
Read more here.
12:40 GMT – Dutch coronavirus cases rise by 884: health authorities
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands rose to 11,750 from a day earlier, with 884 new cases and 93 new deaths, health authorities said.
The Netherlands’ National Institute for Health (RIVM) confirmed the numbers, an 8.1 percent increase in cases, on its official Twitter account.
The total number of deaths increased to 864.
12:27 GMT – Coronavirus economy: Recesssion or depression
An increasing number of economists are warning of a recession in the United States, Europe and globally as coronavirus containment measures bring entire sectors of the world’s economy to a halt.
Many have also compared the swiftness and severity of the coronavirus slowdown with the Great Depression that began in 1929.
Read more here.
12:13 GMT – PM Johnson leads coronavirus action despite positive test: spokesman
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been able to do everything required to coordinate the government’s response to coronavirus after he tested positive for the virus last week, his spokesman said.
“He’s been able to do everything that he needs to do to lead the coronavirus response,” the spokesman said.
“Number 10 and across government, (we have) put in place contingency plans to ensure that we can carry on working throughout this outbreak, and that we have all the capacity we need to lead the nationwide response.”
12:06 GMT – Developing countries face economic collapse in COVID-19 fight: UN
The coronavirus outbreak threatens to disproportionately devastate the economies of already impoverished countries as they gear up to tackle a health crisis with extremely limited resources, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has warned.
The socioeconomic hit on poor and developing countries will take years to recover from, UNDP said in a report released on Monday, stressing that income losses in those countries are forecast to exceed $220bn. Nearly half of all jobs in Africa could be lost, it also warned.
Read more here.
12:00 GMT – Belgium’s coronavirus death toll passes 500
Belgium’s death toll from the novel coronavirus passed the 500 mark, with almost 12,000 cases detected since the start of the epidemic.
Health authorities in the country of 11.4 million said 513 COVID-19 deaths had been recorded and 11,899 cases confirmed by laboratory tests.
However, officials said the rise in admissions to hospital and to intensive care units had slowed slightly over the previous 24 hours.
“We’re not at the peak, but at what we call the inflection point – that means the force of the epidemic is beginning to diminish thanks to the efforts we have all made over the last two weeks,” said Emmanuel Andre, spokesman for government’s epidemic team.
On Friday, Belgium extended lockdown measures by two weeks to April 18 to slow the spread of the virus.
11:35 GMT – Goldman Sachs: Coronavirus crisis game changer for oil sector
The coronavirus pandemic and resulting plunge in crude prices will result in a leaner, stronger oil industry but raise the risk of shortages further down the line, Goldman Sachs analysts said.
“If pipelines get clogged up as reﬁneries shut down, inventories cannot build, reducing the cushion and creating a very quick risk reversal towards oil shortages,” Goldman said in a note.
This would in turn cause an oil shortage, pushing prices above the Wall Street bank’s $55 a barrel target for 2021, it said.
“This will likely be a game changer for the industry,” the bank said.
“Big Oils will consolidate the best assets in the industry and will shed the worst … when the industry emerges from this downturn, there will be fewer companies of higher asset quality, but the capital constraints will remain.”
Oil has been hit disproportionately by the “coronacrisis”, sending landlocked crude prices into negative territory, Goldman said.
“Paradoxically, this will ultimately create an inflationary oil supply shock of historic proportions because so much oil production will be forced to be shut in,” it added. “The oil price war is made irrelevant by the large decline in demand and has made a coordinated supply response impossible to achieve in time.”
10:56 GMT – Libya frees more than 450 prisoners
Libyan authorities have announced the release of more than 450 prisoners as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus that has infected at least eight people in the country.
A statement released by the internationally recognised government’s justice ministry on Sunday said officials decided “to free 466 detainees from correctional facilities” in Tripoli.
Read more here.
10:46 GMT – UK PM Johnson’s adviser isolating with coronavirus symptoms
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, has begun self-isolating with symptoms just days after the British leader tested positive.
A Downing Street spokesman said Cummings, widely seen as one of the most powerful men in the government, had developed symptoms of COVID-19 over the weekend.
Johnson on Friday became the first leader of a major world power to announce he had tested positive for the virus. His health minister, Matt Hancock, also tested positive and the government’s chief medical adviser, Chris Whitty, is self-isolating.
10:37 GMT – Russia weighs nationwide coronavirus lockdown
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin asked regional governors to consider introducing a partial lockdown to halt the spread of coronavirus after Russia recorded its biggest rise in cases for the sixth day in a row.
Russia’s official nationwide tally of coronavirus cases rose by 302, taking the total to 1,836. Nine people across Russia have died, the authorities say.
Authorities in Moscow ordered residents to stay at home from Monday, their toughest move yet after the number of official cases in the Russian capital passed the 1,000 mark.
Mishustin said he thought the measures now needed to be rolled out nationwide.
10:30 GMT – Austria to make basic face masks compulsory in supermarkets
Austria will require the public to wear basic face masks in supermarkets, where they will be handed out probably from Wednesday in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said.
“These masks are handed out in front of supermarkets it will be compulsory to wear them,” Kurz said, adding that the aim in the medium term was for people to wear them in public more often as well. The so-called MNS masks are below medical-grade, he said.
10:21 GMT – Lockdown in Zimbabwe likely to hit vulnerable people hard
Zimbabweans rushed to supermarkets on the eve of a three-week lockdown imposed by the government on Monday to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The threat of the new disease could not have come at a worse time for millions of Zimbabweans already struggling with a deepening economic crisis bringing soaring food prices, stagnant salaries, water shortages and daily power blackouts.
Many fear steps to curb coronavirus will hit vulnerable people hard.
Read Chris Muronzi’s story from Harare here.
09:45 GMT – Iran’s coronavirus death toll reaches 2,757
Iran’s death toll from the new coronavirus has increased to 2,757 with 117 new deaths in the past 24 hours, a health ministry spokesman told state TV, adding that the total number of cases has climbed to 41,495.
“In the past 24 hours, we had 117 new deaths and 3,186 new confirmed cases of people infected with the coronavirus,” Kianush Jahanpur told state TV, calling on Iranians to stay at home.
09:40 GMT – Spain passes China on number of cases
Spain’s total number of coronavirus cases rose to 85,195 from 78,797 on Sunday, the country’s health ministry said, as the infections surpassed China, which reported 81,470, according to the latest data.
The death toll from the virus in Spain rose to 7,340 on Monday from 6,528 on Sunday, the ministry said.
We recently reported on why the number of deaths in Spain is rising so quickly. You can read that article here.
09:05 GMT – India: No plan to extend coronavirus lockdown
India has no plans to extend a 21-day lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the government said, as it struggled to keep essential supplies flowing and prevent tens of thousands of out-of-work people fleeing to the countryside.
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba told ANI, a Reuters news agency partner, that there was no plan to extend the shutdown beyond the three weeks, rejecting reports that a prolonged closure was likely.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered the country’s 1.3 billion people to remain indoors until April 15, saying that was the only hope to stop the spread.
Defying the lockdown, hundreds of thousands of workers who live on daily wages left big cities like Delhi and Mumbai on foot for their homes in the countryside, many with families.
08:50 GMT – Israeli PM Netanyahu’s aide has coronavirus
An aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tested positive for coronavirus but initial findings indicate she had not posed an infection risk to the 70-year-old leader, according to officials.
As a routine precaution, they said Netanyahu was scheduled to undergo a coronavirus test by Tuesday. A previous test, on March 15, found the prime minister to be negative.
Israel’s health ministry regulations generally require 14-day self-isolation for anyone deemed to have been in proximity with a carrier.
08:34 GMT – Philippines reports seven new coronavirus deaths
The Philippines’ health ministry reported seven new coronavirus deaths and 128 more infections.
Total deaths have risen to 78 and infections to 1,546, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a regular news conference.
With the arrival of thousands of testing kits and the start of operations of more laboratories, authorities are able to detect more infections, she added.
07:34 GMT – Serbia to invest 5 billion euros to cope with coronavirus impact
Serbia plans to offer about five billion euros ($5.54bn) in loans and subsidies to businesses to help them cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus.
President Aleksandra Vucic said the state will also make a one-off payment of 100 euros to every Serbian citizen older than 18, or around five million of the total population of seven million.
So far, 13 people in Serbia have died from the coronavirus, and more than 700 have been infected.
To counter the outbreak, Serbia introduced stringent measures, including a state of emergency and an overnight lockdown for all.
07:14 GMT – People around the world pay tribute to healthcare workers
People around the world are paying tribute to front-line healthcare staff battling the coronavirus pandemic.
As lockdowns become increasingly common around the globe, citizens have expressed their gratitude in various ways to nurses, doctors and other health workers, who are on the frontline of the struggle.
Tributes to the healthcare workers at the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic are pouring in worldwide 🧡 pic.twitter.com/K1VJsptbQp
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) March 30, 2020
06:50 GMT – Lockdown in India hits HIV patients hard
India’s ongoing strict COVID-19 lockdown has widely affected HIV-positive and chronic patients with critical conditions who are facing problems accessing health services.
With 21.4 million Indians living with HIV, according to the National Aids Control Organisation data in 2017, India is believed to be home to the third-largest population of HIV-positive people in the world.
Read more here.
06:40 GMT – Thailand reports two new coronavirus deaths
Thailand’s public health ministry said two more people have died from the new coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to nine.
The two deaths were a 54-year-old Thai man in the southern province of Yala who had recently returned from Malaysia, and a 56-year-old Thai woman in Bangkok, said Anupong Sujariyakul, a senior official at the public health ministry’s Department of Disease Control.
Earlier on Monday, Thailand reported 136 new cases, raising the total number of infections to 1,524.
06:30 GMT – EasyJet grounds fleet, furloughs cabin crew for two months
British low-cost airline EasyJet said it had grounded its entire fleet of over 300 aircraft and reached a deal with its cabin crew for employees to be furloughed for two months under a government job-retention scheme.
The airline said there was no way to tell when commercial flights could restart.
Under a deal with Unite, the union which represents its cabin crew, EasyJet crew would not work for two months from April 1 and will receive 80 percent of their average pay under the government scheme.
06:00 GMT – Guatemalan deported from US tests positive
A Guatemalan man who was deported from the US last week has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a spokeswoman for the Guatemalan health ministry.
The 29-year-old was deported last Thursday on a flight chartered by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. The flight had at least 40 others on board.
Read more on this story here.
A curfew to combat the spread of the virus in Guatemala has been extended until April 12.
05:50 GMT – Nepal extends lockdown until April 7
The government of Nepal extended a nationwide lockdown put in place on March 23 by another week. International flights will also be banned until April 15.
The Himalayan country has recorded a total of five infections.
05:35 GMT – Japan to ‘ban all travellers from US, China, Europe’
All visitors from the US, China, South Korea and most of Europe will be denied entry to Japan under new rules to curb coronavirus infections, according to the Asahi newspaper.
Citing government sources, Asahi said Japan’s foreign ministry is expected to also advise Japanese nationals to refrain from travelling to those countries.
04:51 GMT – Australia tightens curbs on public gatherings
New rules mandating that no more than two people can gather in public will come into effect in Australia at midnight on Monday, with the states of New South Wales and Victoria introducing hefty fines for people violating those restrictions.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said members of the public should leave their house only to buy food, attend medical appointments and for exercise.
Skate parks, outdoor gyms and public playgrounds will be closed across the country, he said.
04:20 GMT – Fears of a second wave of infections in China
Concern about a second wave of infections is growing in China amid official pressure to resume normal life, according to Al Jazeera’s Katrina Yu.
“In Wuhan, some shops are open, and malls are starting to open their doors. People who work in essential industries, such as the cement, steel and car industries, are starting to go back to work,” Yu said from Beijing.
Yu said officials are under “tremendous pressure to resume normal life” as President Xi Jinping travelled on Sunday to a port and an industrial park in eastern Zhejiang Province to inspect the resumption of work.
“He wants to get the economy going after two months at a standstill. And because of this urgency, there are fears it may be too soon and could result in a second wave of infections,” she said. “Officials are also under pressure to keep numbers down, and that’s causing fears they may not be transparent when it comes to reporting new cases.”
03:15 GMT – Lockdown leaves migrant workers stranded in Thailand
When Thailand’s government started shutting down the capital, Bangkok last week, tens of thousands of migrant labourers who were suddenly out of work, scrambled to return home to Myanmar.
But for Ma Moe Moe returning home is not an option. The 44-year-old was fired from her job at a garment factory recently, but is hunkering down with her husband in Bangkok, saying she feared she might not be able to return to Thailand if she left.
“I am worried about bills because there is only one income source from my husband,” she told Al Jazeera. “Now that I have no job, I feel depressed.”
Read more about the plight of Thailand’s migrant workers here.
02:45 GMT – Twitter removes Bolsonaro tweets on virus quarantine
Twitter took down two tweets from Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro after he cast doubt on quarantine measures aimed at containing the new coronavirus.
The far-right leader had posted several videos on Twitter on Sunday in which he mingled with supporters in the streets of Brazilian capital, Brasilia, defending their right to work and calling for a “return to normality”.
In one of the deleted videos, Bolsonaro also criticised isolation measures put in place by health authorities, saying: “The country is immune when 60 to 70 percent are infected.” He also said a treatment for the coronavirus had been found, without offering proof for the claim, according to Globo news website.
Twitter said the posts violated its rules.
02:00 GMT – Argentina extends quarantine
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez extended a nationwide quarantine until mid-April to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.
“We are going to extend the quarantine until the end of Easter. What do we aim to achieve? To keep the transmission of the virus under control,” he said in a televised message.
The mandatory measures were due to expire at the end of March. The lockdown will be lifted on April 12.
Argentina has had 820 confirmed cases and 20 deaths from COVID-19.
01:40 GMT – South Korea reports 78 new cases; total at 9,661
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 78 new cases in South Korea on Monday, down from 105 confirmed infections a day earlier.
The figure brings South Korea’s total infections from the beginning of the outbreak to 9,661.
The KCDC said this marked the 18th consecutive day that new infections hovered at 100 or fewer.
01:30 GMT – Japanese comedian dies
Ken Shimura, one of Japan’s best-known comedians, died of COVID-19 at a hospital in Tokyo, according to the public broadcaster NHK.
He was 70 years old. Many fans took to social media to pay tribute.
Japan comedian Ken Shimura dies after coronavirus infectionhttps://t.co/epcnM9gnkk
— The Mainichi (Japan) (@themainichi) March 30, 2020
Famous comedian Ken Shimura died after contracting the coronavirus. This is as high a profile case to Japanese as Tom Hanks was to Americans – only Hanks recovered 😕 https://t.co/UU57nB3LV1
— James Riney🤿Coral Capital (@james_riney) March 30, 2020
It’s hard to overstate the significance of Ken Shimura for anyone who grew up watching Japanese TV in the 80s and 90s.
The only silver lining is that maybe more Japanese will begin to take the coronavirus more seriously now.
— Spoon & Tamago (@Johnny_suputama) March 30, 2020
00:50 GMT – Death toll in New York state surpasses 1,000
More than 1,000 people have died from the coronavirus outbreak in New York state, according to a tally by The Associated Press news agency.
On Sunday evening, New York City said its toll had risen to 776. The total number of statewide deaths is not expected to be released until Monday, but with at least 250 additional deaths recorded outside the city as of Sunday morning, the total was at least 1,026, AP said.
00:30 GMT – China reports 31 new cases in mainland
The number of COVID-19 infections in China continues to slow with health authorities in Beijing reporting 31 new cases at the end of Sunday.
The figure includes one locally transmitted infection and marks a drop from the 45 cases reported a day earlier. There were no new cases for a sixth consecutive day in central Hubei province, where the coronavirus outbreak was first detected in December last year.
In mainland China, the total number of cases to date rose to 81,470 in the mainland, while the cumulative death toll increased to 3,304.
Hello, I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives, with Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Read all the updates from yesterday, March 29 here.