Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 3 April 2020

Coronavirus latest: US case count soars as global infections pass one million

The UAE reports 210 new cases and 35 recoveries, while Saudi Arabia begins 24-hour curfews in Makkah and Madinah

The number of coronavirus cases around the world has surpassed one million in just over three months.

Among the one million cases there have been more than 53,000 deaths and 211,000 patients have recovered.

The virus has spread to 204 countries and territories.

The UAE confirmed 210 new cases on Thursday, bringing the country's total to 1,024. There were 35 new recoveries, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 96.

Emirates and Etihad have been given approval by the UAE to begin flying a limited number of passenger flights.

International seat capacity has dropped by almost 80 per cent from a year ago and half the world's airplanes are in storage, new data shows.

As the US case count soars to more than 245,000 infections, the pandemic threatens to cripple its economy and healthcare system. A record 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week.

The US is expected to advise all Americans to wear cloth masks in public, following research that shows masks can help reduce transmission of the virus.

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Updated: April 3, 2020 10:23 AM

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