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Timeline of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in April 2020

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This article documents the chronology and epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2,[1] the virus responsible for the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic which originated in Wuhan, China. Some developments may become known or fully understood only in retrospect. (Reporting on this pandemic began in December 2019.)

Case statistics

Pandemic chronology

1 April

WHO Situation Report 72:[2]

  • Albania reported 16 new cases, bringing the total number to 259.[3]
  • China reports 35 new imported cases.[4]
  • France reported 509 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 4,023.[3]
  • Germany reported 5,435 new cases, bringing the total number to 67,366. The country also reported 149 deaths, bringing the total to 732.[3]
  • Hong Kong reported that a cat has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of infected pets in the territory to three.[3]
  • Indonesia reported 149 new cases and 21 deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 1,677 and deaths to 157, while 103 had recovered.[3]
  • Iran confirmed 2,987 new cases, bringing the total to 47,593. Iran also reported 138 deaths, bringing the total to 3,036. The country also reported that 15,473 had recovered from COVID-19.[3]
  • Ireland confirmed 212 new cases, significantly fewer new cases than 31 March, and 14 deaths. This gave a total of 3,447 confirmed cases and 85 deaths.[5] About 1,500 people were being tested per day at this stage.[6]
  • Italy reported 4,782 new cases, bringing the total number to 110,574. The country also reported 727 deaths, bringing the total to 13,155.[3]
  • Libya reported two new cases, bringing the total to 10.[3]
  • Malaysia confirmed 142 new cases, bringing the total to 2,908. The country's health authorities also confirmed that 108 patients had recovered.[7]
  • New Zealand confirmed that 61 new cases (47 confirmed and 14 probable) were reported, bringing the total to 708 (647 confirmed and 61 probable).[8]
  • Palestine confirmed 17 new cases (15 in the West Bank and two in Gaza), bringing the total to 134.[9]
  • Panama confirmed 136 new cases, bringing the total number to 1,317. Several new deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 32.[10]
  • The Philippines reported 227 new cases and 8 more deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 2,311 and deaths to 96.[3]
  • Qatar reported 54 new cases, bringing the total to 835.[3]
  • Singapore confirmed 74 new cases, bringing the total number to 1,000.[11]
  • South Korea confirmed 101 new cases, bringing the total to 9,887. The death toll stood at 165 while 5,560 people had recovered.[3]
  • Spain reported 864 deaths and 102,136 infections.[3]
  • Turkey reported 2,348 new cases and 63 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 277.[3]
  • Ukraine confirmed 149 new cases and 3 new deaths, bringing the total number to 794 and the number of deaths to 20.[12]
  • The United Kingdom reported 563 deaths within the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 2,352. The country's youngest reported person to die of the virus was a 13-year-old boy named Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab.[3]
  • The United States confirmed a total of over 200,000 cases and 4,076 deaths.[13][3] The United States Department of State reported the deaths of two local employees at US diplomatic missions in Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.[3]

2 April

WHO Situation Report 73:[14]

  • Belgium reported a total of 1,001 deaths and 15,348 cases.[15]
  • Canada reported 1,115 new cases, bringing the total to 10,132. Canada also reported 22 new deaths, bringing the total to 127.[15]
  • Germany reported 6,156 new cases, bringing the total number to 73,522. The country also reported 140 deaths, bringing the total to 872.[16][15]
  • India has confirmed a total of 50 deaths and 1,965 cases nationwide.[4][15]
  • Iran reports 124 deaths, reaching a total of 3,160. Heath authorities confirmed 50,468 infected cases.[4][15]
  • Israel confirmed 31 deaths and 6,211 infected cases, with 107 in serious condition.[17]
  • Italy reports 760 deaths, bringing the total to 13,915.[18]
  • Malawi confirmed its three first cases.[19][15]
  • Malaysia confirmed 208 new cases, taking the total number of cases to 3,116. Five deaths were also reported, taking the death toll to 50.[20][15]
  • New Zealand confirmed 89 new cases (76 confirmed and 13 probable), bringing the total to 797. Of the cases, 92 had recovered and 13 were hospitalised.[21]
  • The Netherlands reports 166 deaths, bringing the death toll to 1,339. The country also reports 14,697 cases.[15]
  • Palestine confirmed 21 new cases bringing the total to 155.[22]
  • Philippines reports 11 new deaths and 332 new cases, bringing the total number of deaths to 107 and infected cases to 2,633.[15]
  • Russia reports 771 new cases, bringing the total to 3,548. A total of 30 people have died.[15]
  • Singapore confirmed its fourth death.[23] At the same time, 49 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total number to 1,049.[24][15]
  • Spain reports a total of 10,003 deaths and 110,238 cases.[15]
  • Switzerland's death toll rises to 432 and reports 18,267 positive tests.[15]
  • Ukraine confirmed 103 new cases and 2 new deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 897 and the total number of deaths to 22.[25]
  • The United Kingdom reports 569 deaths, bringing the total to 2,921. Health authorities report that 163,194 people have been tested with 33,718 testing positive.[18]
  • The United States confirmed a total of over 225,000 cases and 5,345 deaths.[13]
  • Zambia reports three new cases, bringing the total to 39. Zambia also reports its first death.[15]
  • There are over 1,000,000 confirmed cases and 50,000 confirmed deaths in the world.[13][26][27][18]

3 April

WHO Situation Report 74:[28]

  • Albania reports 27 new cases with a total death toll of 17.[29][30]
  • Canada confirms that it has 10,132 cases and 127 deaths.[4] Ontario alone has reported 3,255 confirmed cases and 67 deaths.[30]
  • China confirms four new deaths, bringing the death toll to 3,322. China also reports 40 asymptomatic cases of the coronavirus.[30]
  • Egypt confirms 120 new cases, bringing the total to 985. Egypt also reports eight new deaths, bringing the total to 66.[29][30]
  • The Falkland Islands reports its first case.[31][29]
  • France reports 588 new deaths, bringing the total number of hospital deaths to 5,091. This figure excludes the 1,416 deaths in rest homes, bringing the total death toll to 6,507.[30]
  • Greece reports a total of 1,425 cases and 53 deaths.[4]
  • India reports 1,965 total cases, with many cases being traced to a tablighi jamaat in New Delhi held in March.[4]
  • Indonesia's death roll rises to 170 with a total of 1,790 confirmed infections.[4]
  • Iran reports 134 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 3,294. Official figures claim that 53,183 are infected and that 17,935 have recovered.[30]
  • Iraq officially reports 772 cases and 54 confirmed deaths. This figure has been disputed by three doctors, a health ministry official, and a senior political official, who claimed that thousands have been infected.[4]
  • Italy confirms 766 new deaths, bringing the total death toll to 14,681. The country also confirmed 2,339 new cases, bringing the total number to 85,388.[29]
  • Kyrgyzstan reports its first death from the coronavirus.[30]
  • Latvia confirms its first coronavirus-related death, a 99-year-old woman with various underlying chronic conditions.[32]
  • Malaysia confirms 217 new cases, bringing the country's total to 3,333. The country also reports three more deaths, bring the total death toll to 53.[33]
  • The Netherlands reports 1,026 new cases, bringing the total number to 15,723. The country also confirms 148 more deaths, bringing the total to 1,487.[30]
  • New Zealand confirms 71 new confirmed and probable cases, bringing the total to 868.[34][35]
  • Palestine confirms 32 cases, bringing the total to 193.[36][37]
  • Singapore confirms its fifth death.[38][4] At the same time, 65 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total number to 1,114.[39]
  • South Korea reports 86 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to above 10,000. There are also at least 174 deaths while 27,000 people are under self-quarantine.[30]
  • Spain reports 950 deaths, bringing the total to 10,000.[4]
  • Sweden reports 612 new cases, bringing the total to around 6,000. The country's death toll reaches nearly 333.[40]
  • Ukraine reports 175 new cases, bringing the total number to 1,072, as well as 5 new deaths, bringing the total number to 27.[41]
  • The United Kingdom reports 684 deaths, bringing the total to 3,605. UK health authorities confirm that 173,784 have been tested with 38,168 being positive.[29]
  • The United States reports 26,000 new cases, bringing the total to 228,000. The US death toll reaches 950, bringing the total to 5,374.[4] New York state reports 562 deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,935.[30]
  • According to figures released by Johns Hopkins University, 58,773 people have died as a result of COVID-19 and there are at least 1,094,068 confirmed cases.[29]

4 April

WHO Situation Report 75:[42]

  • Albania reports 29 new cases, bringing the total to 333 with a total of 18 deaths.[43]
  • China reports 19 new cases (18 imported and one in Wuhan), bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 81,639. China also reports four new deaths, bringing the death toll to 3,326.[43]
  • France records nearly 5,400 deaths, including 884 previously unreported cases in rest homes.[44]
  • Georgia confirms its first death, with the country reporting a total of 157 cases.[43]
  • Germany reports 6,082 new cases, bringing the total to 85,778. The country also reports 1,158 deaths.[43]
  • Indonesia confirms 106 new cases, bringing the total to 2,092. The country reports 10 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 191.[43]
  • Iran confirms 55,743 cases of whom 4,103 are in critical condition. The country also reports 158 deaths, bringing the death toll to 3,542.[40][43]
  • Israeli authorities report a total number of 7,428 cases and 41 deaths.[43]
  • Italy confirms 766 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 14,681. Italy reports 4,585 new cases, bringing the total to 119,827.[40]
  • Japan reports 118 new cases in Tokyo, raising the total to about 3,000. The country also has reported a total of 73 deaths.[43]
  • Kuwait reports its first death. The country also reports 62 new cases, increasing the total to 479 cases.[43]
  • Malaysia reports 150 new cases, bringing the total to 3,486. Malaysia also records four new deaths, bringing the total to 57.[45][43]
  • The Netherlands confirms 164 deaths, bringing the death toll to 1,651.[43]
  • New Zealand confirms 82 new cases (50 confirmed and 32 probable), bringing the total number to 950. It is reported that 127 people have recovered and that over 3,600 people have been tested on Friday.[46][47]
  • The Philippines reports 76 new cases, bringing the total to 3,094. The country also reports 8 new deaths, bringing the total to 144.[43]
  • Portugal confirms a total of 266 deaths and 10,524 cases.[43]
  • Qatar reports 250 new cases, bringing the total to 1,213. 16 people have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 109.[43]
  • Singapore confirms its sixth death.[48] At the same time, 75 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total number to 1,189.[49][43]
  • South Korea confirms 94 new cases and three new deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 10,156 and deaths to 177.[43]
  • Spain reports 809 new deaths, bring the total death toll to 11,744. The number of confirmed cases rises to 124,736.[44][43]
  • Switzerland's number of infected cases rises to 20,278 and the death toll to 540.[40]
  • Turkey confirms 76 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 501. The country also reports a total of 23,934 cases. 786 patients have recovered while 1,311 remain in intensive care.[43]
  • Ukraine reports 153 new cases and 5 new deaths, bringing the total numbers to 1,225 and 32 respectively.[50]
  • The United Kingdom reports a total death toll of 4,313. 183,190 people have also been tested with 41,903 positive cases being confirmed.[43]
  • The United States reports a total of 300,915 cases and 8,162 deaths, based on figures by Johns Hopkins University. New York state reports 113,704 cases and a total of 3,565 deaths.[43]
  • According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of coronavirus cases worldwide exceeds 1.1 million.[43]

5 April

WHO Situation Report 76:[51]

  • Albania reports 28 new cases, bringing the total to 361. The country reports a total of 20 deaths and 104 recoveries.[52]
  • Canada reports a total of 258 deaths and 14,426 cases.[52]
  • China reports 39 new cases (all but one imported) and 78 new asymptomatic cases. China reports one death.[53]
  • Ethiopia reports its first two deaths, a 60-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man.[52]
  • France reports a total of 90,848 cases.[54] France also reports 357 deaths, bringing the total to 8,078. There are over 28,891 hospitalised patients.[52]
  • Germany reports a total of 96,092 cases.[54]
  • Haiti reports its first death.[55][53]
  • Iran reports 150 deaths, bringing the total to 3,603. Iran has recorded a total of 58,226 cases, 22,011 recoveries, and 4,057 critical cases.[52]
  • Italy reports a total of 124,632 cases[54] and new 525 deaths.[52]
  • Japan reports more than 130 cases in Tokyo, bringing the number of cases in the capital above 1,000.[52]
  • Malaysia reports 179 new cases, bringing the number of cases to 3,662.[52]
  • New Zealand reports 89 new cases (48 confirmed and 41 probable), bringing the total to 1,039 (870 confirmed and 169 probable). In addition, 29 more recoveries were reported, bringing the total to 156.[56]
  • Qatar reports 279 new cases, bringing the total to 1,604.[52]
  • Russia reports 658 new cases, bringing the total to 5,389. The country also reports a total of 45 deaths.[52]
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon confirms its first case.[57]
  • Singapore confirms 120 new cases, bringing the total number to 1,309. This is the highest number of new cases in a day.[58]
  • South Korea reports 47 new cases, bringing the total to 10,284. The country reports three deaths, raising the total to 136.[53]
  • South Sudan confirms its first case.[59][52]
  • Spain reports 674 new deaths, bringing the total to 12,418 deaths. The country reports a total of 130,759 cases.[52]
  • Turkey reports 73 new deaths and 3,135 new cases, bringing the total number of deaths to 574 and the number of cases to 27,069.[52]
  • Ukraine reports 83 new cases and 5 new deaths, bringing the total numbers to 1,308 and 37 respectively.[60]
  • The United Kingdom reports 621 deaths, bringing the total to 4,934. A total of 47,806 people have tested positive for the coronavirus.[52]
  • The United States reports a total of 311,544 cases.[54] New York state also reports 594 deaths, bringing the total to 4,159.[52]
  • Johns Hopkins University reports that the number of global confirmed cases has passed 1.2 million with 64,753 confirmed.[54]

6 April

WHO Situation Report 77:[61]

  • The Czech Republic reports a total of 4,591 cases, 72 deaths, and 96 recoveries.[53]
  • France reports a total of 8,078 deaths including 6,494 hospital deaths.[53]
  • Germany reports 3,677 new cases, bringing the total to 95,391.[53]
  • Indonesia reports 218 new cases, bringing the total to 2,491. The country also reports 11 deaths, bringing the total to 209, and 192 recoveries.[53]
  • Iran reports a total of 3,739 deaths and 60,500 cases.[53]
  • Italy's death toll rises to 636. The country also reports 3,599 deaths, bringing the total to 132,547.[53]
  • Kenya has reported a total of 158 cases and six deaths.[53]
  • Malaysia reports 131 new cases, bringing the total to 3,793. Malaysian authorities also report 236 new recovered cases.[62] Malaysia also reports a new death, bringing the death toll to 62.[63]
  • New Zealand reports 39 newly confirmed and 28 probable cases, bringing the total to 1,106 confirmed and probable cases.[64]
  • Kosovo reports two new deaths, bringing the total to 3 cases of deaths.[65]
  • The Philippines reports 414 new cases, bringing the total to 3,660. The country also reports 11 deaths, bringing the total to 163, and 73 recoveries.[53]
  • Romania has reported a total of 4,057 cases and 157 deaths.[53]
  • Russia reports 954 new cases, bringing the total to 6,343. The country reports a total of 47 deaths.[53]
  • São Tomé and Príncipe reported its first 4 cases.[66]
  • Singapore confirmed 66 new cases, bringing the total number to 1,375. Of the new cases, 35 were linked to clusters at foreign dormitories.[67]
  • Switzerland reports a total of 584 deaths and 21,652 cases.[53]
  • Thailand reports 51 new cases, bringing the total to 2,220. The country also reports three new cases, bringing the total to 26.[53]
  • Turkey reports 3,148 new cases, bringing the total to 30,217. The country also reports 75 deaths, bringing the total to 649.[53]
  • United Arab Emirates reports a total of 1,799 cases and ten deaths.[53]
  • The United Kingdom reports 439 new deaths, bringing the total to 5,373. The UK also reports a total of 51,608 cases.[53]
  • In the United States, John Hopkins University reports a total of 10,000 deaths and 347,000 confirmed cases. A Malayan tiger named Nadia became the first known animal in the country to test positive for the coronavirus.[53]

7 April

  • New Zealand reports 54 new and confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total to 1,160. 241 people have also recovered.[68]

Summary

Timeline

The list of countries and territories that confirmed their first cases during the period of April 2020:

Date Country or territory
2 April Malawi
3 April Falkland Islands
5 April Saint Pierre and Miquelon South Sudan
6 April São Tomé and Príncipe

As of 5 April, only the following countries and territories have not reported any cases of SARS-CoV-2 infections:

Africa

Asia

Europe

North America and The Caribbean

Oceania

Reactions and measures in Europe

1 April

Albania extended a lockdown closing schools, eateries, and other public venues, which has been in force since mid-March and due to end on 3 April.[3]

The 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, scheduled to be held in Glasgow in November 2020, was postponed to 2021.[3]

President of Russia Vladimir Putin sent a military plane to the United States carrying medical supplies and masks to help the United States fight the coronavirus as a good will gesture to US President Trump. That same day, Putin approved legislation allowing the Russian government to declare a state of national emergency to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.[3]

UK Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced that the British Government would aim to test 25,000 people a day by mid-April from its present capacity of 12,750 a day. The All England Lawn Tennis Club also announced that the Wimbledon tennis championship, scheduled to have been held between 29 June and 12 July, had been cancelled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.[3]

The Union of European Football Associations suspended all Champions League and Europa League matches due to the coronavirus pandemic.[3]

2 April

Cyprus extended a ban on commercial flights with 28 countries for two weeks in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus.[15]

German authorities reported that 1.1 million self-employed and small business had applied for financial assistance. The German government already paid €1 billion in financial assistance with another €1.8 billion being approved.[18]

Greek authorities quarantined a migrant camp after 23 asylum seekers tested positive for the coronavirus.[29][15]

In Ireland, Tánaiste Simon Coveney extended movement restrictions limiting travel to buying groceries, exercising, and essential family visits beyond 12 April.[15]

The Portuguese Assembly of the Republic extended the state of emergency by another 15 days in response to a sharp rise in the death toll to 200. Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa also announced that airports would close between 9 and 13 April, allowing only flights repatriating citizens or transporting goods.[15]

President of Romania Klaus Iohannis announced that Romanian doctors, nurses, and personnel dealing with the coronavirus pandemic would receive a monthly bonus of €500.[15]

In Russia, Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin extended a partial lockdown and movement restrictions on residents until 1 May.

Spanish authorities released figures showing that 898,922 workers had lost their jobs since 12 March.[15] Catalonian President Quim Torra appealed for help from the Spanish Army.[18]

The Ukrainian government accepted Tesla CEO and philanthropist Elon Musk's offer to deliver ventilators to the Ukraine.[15]

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that the British Government would intend to build a diagnostics industry to test 100,000 people a day for the coronavirus.[18] First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon admitted that the number of deaths in Scotland had been under-reported due to mistakes in notifying the Government about new fatalities.[18] In response to a call by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson,several British engineers, aerospace and Formula One companies including BAE, Rolls Royce, Ford and Airbus announced that they would join forces to produce 1,500 ventilators.[15]

3 April

Albania imposed a 40-hour lockdown over the weekend in response to a spike in cases.[29]

Airbus delivered 4 million masks from China to Europe.[30]

The Bulgarian National Assembly extends a national state of emergency until 13 April.[30]

French authorities converted a large refrigerated warehouse at the Rungis fresh food market into a temporary morgue to hold 1,000 bodies.[40]

Greece quarantined a second migrant camp near Athens after a 53-year-old Afghan man tested positive for COVID-19.[30]

Swiss police surrounded Geneva's main prison after 40 prisoners refused to return to their cells, complaining about insufficient measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.[29]

In the United Kingdom, the ExCel exhibition centre in London was opened as a temporary 4,000-bed hospital, branded 'NHS Nightingale' having been constructed over the previous nine days. It was opened by Prince Charles over video link.[70] British biomedical scientists and National Health Service staff also reported that a shortage of equipment was preventing them from carrying out more coronavirus tests.[4]

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) President Christos Christou urged European countries not to hoard medical supplies and equipment and to allow their export to vulnerable countries in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He also called on developed countries to increase their production of medical supplies.[30]

4 April

Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union, issued a statement stating that sanctions should not get in the way of the delivery of medical equipment and supplies to countries trying to contain COVID-19.[44]

German State Minister of the Interior for Berlin Andreas Geisel accused the United States of committing "modern piracy" by allegedly diverting a shipment of masks intended for Germany, and outbidding other countries over access to protective equipment.[71]

The Hungarian Government announces the creation of a US$4 billion fund to rejuvenate the economy, using rerouted government resources and the national employment fund.[43]

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announces the extension of Spain's lockdown until 25 April to curb the spread of the coronavirus.[43]

Ukraine sends a team of 20 medical personnel to assist Italian medical authorities in the central Marche region.[43]

5 April

In the Czech Republic, 300 pilots launch a "Pilots to the People" project to use their private planes distribute medical supplies across the country.[52]

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock warns that the UK Government may restrict outdoor exercise if people flout lockdown rules.[52] UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who tested positive for Covid-19 ten days ago, is admitted to hospital.[52] Queen Elizabeth II gives a special address to the nation, calling for unity and global cooperation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.[72][73][52]

Catherine Calderwood resigns as the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland for breaking her own department's advice on self-isolation by visiting her second home twice.[53]

6 April

Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz announces plans to reopen small non-essential businesses and DIY shops on 14 April, followed by all shops and malls on 1 May, in order to loosen the nationwide lockdown.[53]

The German Government announces several new public health measures that will come into force after the end of the lockdown on 9 April including making it compulsory to wear masks in public, limiting public gatherings, and the rapid tracing of infection chains.[53]

In Italy, Poste Italiane makes an agreement for the Carabineri to deliver mail to Italian pensioners who are at 75 years old and above.[53]

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announces plans to increase testing from 6,000-7,000 to 8,000-9,000 a month in response to predictions that infections will peak in May and June.[53]

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis extends the national state of emergency by 30 days.[53]

Spain mobilises 60,000 retired medical personnel in order to facilitate the "contagion slowdown."[53]

Sweden's central bank, Sveriges Riksbank, extends its 500 billion Swedish crowns loan scheme (US$49 billion) to individual companies affected by the coronavirus pandemic.[53]

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces that the country now has 10,000 ventilators in its health system. The 2020 Open Championship, was originally scheduled to be held between 16 and 19 July, at Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England.[53] The British media company, Daily Mail and General Trust, which publishes the Daily Mail, asks staff to take a pay cut with the difference made up in shares, to help the company cope with the loss of advertising revenue and lower circulation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.[53]

Reactions and measures in North America

1 April

President of the United States Donald Trump posted his "Coronavirus Guidelines for America" on Twitter after warning that the United States faced a "very painful" two weeks as it confronted the virus.[74][3] That same day, the White House projected that the United States could face between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[75][76]

The US Food and Drug Administration reported that it was facing a shortage of malaria drugs including hydroxychloroquine and related chloroquine due to a surge in demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic.[3]

The United States Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice suspended hearings for asylum seekers in Mexico until 1 May.[3]

2 April

The United States reported that 6.7 million people had filed for unemployment benefits in the past week.[18][4][15]

Following intervention by President Trump, Fort Lauderdale authorities allowed two coronavirus-stricken cruise liners, MS Zaandam and MS Rotterdam to dock at Port Everglades.[18]

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo announced that New York state only had enough ventilators for the next six days.[15] In response, President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to ramp up the production of both ventilators and protective face masks by US companies. In addition, the President extended an offer to Iran to help with the coronavirus pandemic.[15]

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun announced a voluntary layoff plan in response to the economic setbacks experienced by the aviation industry.[15]

The World Bank approved a plan to invest US$160 billion in emergency aid over the next 15 months to help countries deal with the coronavirus.[15]

3 April

President of Guatemala Alejandro Giammattei banned internal travel and gathering at beaches before and during the Easter holidays in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus.[30]

The Chinese Government donated 1,000 ventilators to New York state with the help of Chinese billionaires Jack Ma and Joseph Tsai.[30][54] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order allowing state authorities to requisition unused ventilators and personal protective equipment from hospitals.[30]

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiated antibody tests to help determine how many people had been infected with the coronavirus including those who have never developed symptoms.[77][30]

The United States Department of Labor reported that the US economy lost 701,100 jobs in March, ending 113 months of job growth. The US unemployment rate rose to 4.4 percent.[30]

US President Trump also invoked the Defense Production Act to force US face mask manufacture 3M to prioritize US orders over international orders and to stop exporting American-made respirators to Canada and Latin America. In response, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned that it would be a mistake for the US to block the flow of medical supplies into Canada.[78][30]

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee extended stay-at-home orders until 23 May. These orders would keep non-essential businesses closed and most of the state's residents at home.[30]

4 April

Al Jazeera reports that thousands of people have been detained across Central America for violating lockdown measures and curfews: Honduras (2,250 people), Guatemala (5,705), Panama (over 5,000 including 424 for violating rules that limit men and women to leave homes on alternate days).[43]

United States Attorney General William Barr issues an executive order allowing the Bureau of Prisons to release vulnerable prisoners from federal correctional facilities into home detention. Priority will be given to facilities affected by Covid-19 including Oakdale in Louisiana, Elkton in Ohio, and Danbury in Connecticut.[43]

5 April

US President Trump urges Americans worried about the coronavirus to take a drug known as hydroxychloroquine, which is used to treat malaria, arthritis and lupus, contradicting advice from US federal public health advisers.[79]

6 April

The 2020 Masters Tournament, originally scheduled to be held on 12-15 November at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, is postponed.[53]

Apple Inc. Tim Cook announces that his company will produce and ship 1 million face shields for use by medical workers at its factories in the US and China, focusing on the US for initial distribution.[53]

In Canada, Premier of Ontario Doug Ford criticizes the United States for blocking the supply of three million masks over the weekend.[53]

In the United States, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo extends an order closing non-essential businesses and schools until April 29.[53] Governor of South Carolina Henry McMaster orders all residents to stay at home except for purchasing groceries and exercising.[53]

Reactions and measures elsewhere

1 April

Eritrea announced a three-week lockdown, commencing 2 April to combat the spread of COVID-19.[3]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered all Israeli citizens to wear face masks in public as part of national efforts to combat COVID-19.[80]

Japan Post suspended services to more than 150 countries. Japan's Nikkei Index dropped more than 4 percent in response to growing economic uncertainty.[3]

Malaysia extended its Movement Control Order, which was due to have ended on 31 March, by two weeks. Public transportation would only operate for limited hours while private vehicles including e-hailing services would be banned from the roads between 10 p.m and 6 a.m.[3]

The Qatari Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) announced that workers in quarantine and treatment across the country would be paid in full, ordering employers and companies to follow government policy and creating a hotline for workers to voice their grievances.[3]

Reporters without Borders launched its "Tracker 19" tool to document state censorship, disinformation and their effect on people's access to news and information during the COVID-19 global pandemic.[3][81]

Panama began to enforce an absolute quarantine measure, during which, male and female citizens would only be allowed to be outside their homes on alternating days of the week.[82]

Sierra Leone declared that a three-day lockdown would come into effect on Saturday (4 April).[3]

Taiwan required all people using public transportation to wear face masks while barring people with fevers from entering stations or airports. The Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu announced that Taiwan would be donating masks and medical supplies to the US, hard-hit European countries, and Taiwan's diplomatic allies. The Taiwanese Government intended to invest US$35 million in economic relief.[3]

Turkey sent a military airplane carrying masks, face gears, eye gears, overalls and anti-bacterial fluids to Spain and Italy.[3]

2 April

The Australian Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) began the first stage of potential vaccines for COVID-19 on ferrets at a biosecurity facility near Melbourne.[15]

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro made remarks minimising the impact of the coronavirus and claiming that confinement and quarantine measures could hurt the Brazilian economy.[15]

The Chinese city of Shenzhen banned the breeding, trade and consumption of wildlife including snakes, lizards, as well as cats and dogs.[15] The Chinese Government also sent a mercy flight to evacuate Chinese students in London. Chinese Government announced it had distributed 11 million masks and 500,000 disinfecting products to Chinese students abroad in affected countries.[15]

In Guam, the United States Navy announced that it would evacuate 3,000 personnel aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, which had reported cases of the coronavirus.[15]

Indian government announced plans to convert trains and stadiums into isolation wards for a total of 320,000 patients.[15]

Iranian authorities closed streets and shops in the capital Tehran to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.[4]

Israeli Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman and his wife tested positive for COVID-19.[15]

In Lebanon, the Human Rights Watch NGO criticized Lebanese municipal authorities for imposing discriminatory measures against Syrian refugees including curfews.[15]

Residents of Moscow, the epicentre of Russia's coronavirus outbreak, have since Monday been allowed to leave their homes only to buy food or medicine nearby, get urgent medical treatment, walk the dog or take out the rubbish. New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters announced that foreign travellers in New Zealand would be classified as engaging in "essential travel" and thus able to travel domestically when they have a confirmed international flight out of the country, subject to New Zealand Government requirements. In addition, foreign governments would be allowed to evacuate their citizens in charter flights provided they satisfied New Zealand health requirements. To improve travel between New Zealand and Europe, the Government also approved a second daily flight between Doha to Auckland by Qatar Airways.[83][84]

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte warned lockdown violators that he would not hesitate to order the Philippines police and military to "shoot them dead" if they defied lockdown requirements and harm doctors and health workers.[85][86][87]

The Saudi Ministry of Interior imposed a 24-hour curfew on Mecca and Medina. Besides essential workers, residents would be allowed to buy groceries and access medical care.[15]

South American airliner LATAM Airlines Group announced that it would cut 95% of flight operations. The airline would maintain 39 domestic routes in Brazil, 13 in Chile and 4 international routes.[15]

South Korea reported that it had quarantined 158 short-term visitors at quarantine facilities. In addition, 224 South Koreans and 11 foreigners were tested for the virus. Eight foreigners were denied entry for refusing to accept the quarantine.[15]

The United Arab Emirates government allowed national carrier Emirates to launch a number of flights from 6 April to repatriate visitors and expatriates to their home countries.[15] Thailand announced that it would begin a nationwide curfew between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. commencing Friday to (3 April) to contain the spread of the coronavirus.[15]

Mayor of Istanbul Ekrem Imamoglu called for a lockdown in response to a spike in case to 15,000, with 60% occurring in Istanbul.[4]

3 April

The Chinese Foreign Ministry advised foreign diplomats to stop visiting Beijing in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.[30] Authorities in Wuhan also allow food vendors to resume operations.[30]

The Israeli government declared Bnei Brak a restricted zone due to the town's high rate of infections and placed the town under lockdown, limiting travel to and from the town.[30][88] Israeli authorities also required that ritual washing for deceased Jewish and Muslim victims of COVID-19 be done by personnel wearing full protective gear to contain the spread of the disease.[4]

Saudi Arabia extended the starting date of a 24-hour curfew to 3pm on Friday in Dammam, Ta'if and al-Qatif in order to combat the coronavirus. King Salman invests 9 billion riyals (US$2.3 billion) in financial support for 1.2 million Saudi citizens working in the private sector.[30]

Sri Lanka ordered the cremation of deceased Muslims as a health precaution, drawing controversy among the Muslim community.[30]

Turkey imposed a partial curfew on Turkish citizens under the age of 20 years, which came into effect midnight. Turkish authorities also shut down the borders of 31 cities to most vehicles excluding those transporting essential supplies.[30]

4 April

In Australia, Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge urges temporary visa holders, including students, skilled workers, and visitors, to return home in response to a looming economic downturn and unemployment. While Tudge stressed that temporary visa holders in essential industries were welcome, he urged those who were unable to support themselves to return home.[43]

Bahrain reopens Bahrain International Airport to transit by international travelers but limits entry to citizens and residents.[43]

China declared Saturday a day of mourning. The country also held three minutes of silence at 10 am local time to commemorate the more than 3,000 health workers and patients who died during the country's COVID-19 pandemic.[89] China's Guangxi region, which borders Vietnam, suspends cross-border and movement with Vietnam in order to contain the coronavirus.[43]

President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi postpones several megaprojects including the Grand Egyptian Museum and moving the capital from Cairo to a new planned city.[43]

Hong Kong's Labour Department announces that it will conduct mobile broadcasts instructing foreign domestic workers not to gather in public, beginning Sunday. Broadcasts will be in Chinese, English, Filipino, Indonesian, and Thai.[43]

President of Malawi Peter Mutharika announces several measures to support small and medium businesses including tax breaks, reducing fuel allowances and increasing risk allowances for health workers. The President also announces that he and his Cabinet will take a 10 percent salary cut.[43]

Nepal's Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) reports a surge in poaching due to slack monitoring and a drop in public movement.[43]

The Nigerian Government announces the creation of a 500 billion naira (US$1.39) coronavirus crisis intervention fund to upgrade its healthcare infrastructure.[43]

Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan issued a statement on Twitter that the Indian subcontinent faced a difficult choice of having to balance between imposing a lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus and ensuring that people would not die of hunger and the economy would not collapse.[44]

Saudi Arabia imposes a lockdown and partial curfew in seven neighbourhoods in Jeddah. Residents in the affected neighbourhoods can only obtain groceries and medical services between 6am and 3pm local time.[43]

South Korea extends social distance measures for two weeks in response to a spate of cases in the Seoul area.[43]

The Tunisian Assembly of the Representatives of the People ceded power to Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh's government for two months, allowing them to issue decrees, sign purchase agreements and seek finance without consulting parliament.[43]

The United Arab Emirates extends an overnight curfew indefinitely, requiring people to stay at home between 8pm and 6am local time. During the curfew, UAE authorities will disinfect streets, parks, and public transport facilities.[43]

5 April

In Jerusalem, the annual Palm Sunday parade is cancelled due to health concerns. An online service is instead held at the Co-Cathedral of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.[52]

Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister Kamaruddin Jaffar announces that the Malaysian Government has repatriated 4,811 stranded nationals and that 2,298 Malaysians remain stranded overseas.[90] Immigration authorities in the state of Johor announce that Malaysians with Singaporean work permits will be allowed to re-enter the country if they pass swab tests proving they are free of the coronavirus.[91]

President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa announces that he has released 2,961 prisoners in order to reduce congestion in prisons. These include prisoners that have served the majority of their terms, had been remanded for minor offenses, and had been unable to pay their bail.[52]

The United Arab Emirates' Cabinet announces that it will strengthen the country's "strategic stockpile." The country's Vice President and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announces that factories will be redirected to supporting the country's health sector.[52]

6 April

Alibaba Group CEO Jack Ma donates 500 ventilators, 200,000 suits and face shields, 2,000 thermometers, one million swabs and extraction kits and 500,000 gloves to all 54 African countries.[53]

Amnesty International warns that older Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are at risk from the coronavirus due to their overcrowded camps, poor living conditions, and a lack of basic health information. According to the United Nations, about 31,500 of the 860,000 refugees are 60 years old and over.[53]

In Australia, New South Wales authorities allow the cruise ship Ruby Princess to dock in the state. The New South Wales Police also launch a criminal investigation into whether the ship's operator Carnival Australia breached the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cwth) and state laws by allowing infected passengers to disembark on 19 March.[53][92]

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi and other government officials take a 30 percent salary cut as part of government measures to tackle the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.[53]

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi announces that Iran will not seek American help and demands that Washington lifts its sanctions against Iran.[53] The Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei announces the withdrawal of €1 billion from the country's sovereign wealth fund to invest in Iran's health services and the unemployment insurance fund.[53]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces that a state of emergency will come into effect in Tokyo and six other prefectures on Tuesday in order to contain the coronavirus. This state of emergency will empower Japanese governments to order people to stay at home and businesses to close.[53]

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announces a halt to all movement in parts of the country affected by Covid-19 including the capital Nairobi, coming into effect on 7pm on 6th April for a period of 21 days.[53]

New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters announces that the New Zealand Government will be sending a mercy flight to rescue citizens stranded in Peru. NZ authorities have also gained permission from Chilean authorities to transit through Santiago.[93][94]

Singapore quarantines nearly 20,000 migrant workers, mainly Bangladeshis and South Asians, in two dormitories in response to a surge in infection clusters linked to foreign workers.[53]

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa introduces an emergency release of broadband spectrum to meet a spike in internet usage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.[53]

Thailand extends a ban on incoming passenger flights until 18 April.[53]

7 April

Minister of Defence Peeni Henare extends New Zealand's state of emergency by a further seven days in response to a rise in cases. This state of emergency is separate from the four week alert level four lockdown.[95]

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