There have been 2,382,064 reported Covid-19 infections around the world, from which 165,636 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The United States has the most deaths of any country with 40,585 fatalities.
Italy is the second hardest-hit country, with 23,660 dead. Spain follows with 20,453, then France with 19,718 and Britain with 16,060.
With 103,255 deaths, Europe is the hardest-hit continent.
Wuhan lab rejects blame
The director of a maximum-security laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan rejects US theories that it spawned the pandemic, calling it “impossible.”
Chinese scientists say the virus was probably first transmitted to humans at a Wuhan market that sold wildlife, but conspiracy theories that it came from a virology lab have been brought into the mainstream by US government officials.
“There’s no way this virus came from us,” Yuan Zhiming, the head of the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, says in an interview with Chinese state media.
Star-studded online concert
Top musicians – including Lady Gaga, the Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder and teen superstar Billie Eilish – join forces for a virtual mega-concert on Saturday in a bid to forge a sense of community during the pandemic and celebrate healthcare workers.
NY outbreak has ‘peaked’: governor
The devastating coronavirus outbreak in New York is “on the descent” Governor Andrew Cuomo says.
“Whether or not the descent continues depends on what we do but right now we’re on the descent,” he tells reporters.
Orthodox Easter under confinement
More than 260 million Orthodox Christians, the world’s third-largest group of Christian believers, celebrate Easter Sunday under various forms of confinement.
Church leaders urge worshippers to stay at home and many tune in to watch services online or on television, while in a handful of countries some churches remain open, including in Georgia and Belarus.
Australia calls for investigation
Australia calls for an independent investigation into the global response to the pandemic, including the World Health Organization’s handling of the crisis.
Mali elections held in turmoil
Mali votes in the final round of a legislative election despite the coronavirus crisis and a bloody jihadist conflict that disrupted the first round of voting at the end of March.
Panama holds 1,700 migrants in jungle
Around 1,700 illegal migrants heading to the US are being held in a jungle camp by Panama authorities after several cases of the virus were detected among them. They are being kept in facilities close to the Colombian border designed to accommodate around 200 people.
– AFP and Johns Hopkins University