Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 1 April 2020

Coronavirus latest: White House warns US to expect up to 240,000 deaths

President Donald Trump told Americans to brace for a “very, very painful two weeks"

In the US, the Covid-19 death toll has now surpassed the tally of China, with more than more 4,000 fatalities recorded.

Saudi Arabia has asked Muslims to defer preparations for the annual Hajj pilgrimage due to the coronavirus, raising doubts about what will happen this year.

America now has the third-highest death toll after Italy and Spain, and the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world at more than 175,000.

Dr Denis Protsenko, a doctor who gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a tour of Moscow's main coronavirus hospital has been diagnosed with Covid-19.

The UK recorded its youngest coronavirus death on Tuesday. The Muslim schoolboy, 13, in London had no underlying health conditions.

Meanwhile, the UAE government announced 53 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total to 664. One more patient, a man aged 67, has died.

Earlier, the Dubai government pledged support for Emirates airline, the world's largest long-haul carrier.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the aviation industry worldwide and airlines have called for state aid.

On Monday, the UAE Cabinet announced measures to minimise the financial effect of the coronavirus on people.

Among these is a free, automatic three-month extension for residency visas and Emirates IDs that expired from March 1.

The decision is subject to later renewal.

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Updated: April 1, 2020 08:52 AM

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