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36 more deaths and Boris Johnson remains in intensive care: Today's Covid-19 main points

There are now a total of 5,709 confirmed cases in Ireland.

People wearing masks on the streets of Beijing.
People wearing masks on the streets of Beijing.
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Updated Apr 7th 2020, 9:00 PM

HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE this evening announced that a further 36 people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland.

It brings to 210 the number of people to have died from the virus here. Another 345 more cases of the virus were also confirmed this evening, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 5,709.

On the international front, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care in hospital after he was admitted with worsening Covid-19 symptoms last night.

Here are today’s Covid-19 main points:

Here are today’s main international points:
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was described as a “fighter” who is “receiving the very best care” after spending the night in intensive care.
  • Senior UK Cabinet minister Michael Gove is also self-isolating after a family member displayed symptoms of Covid-19.
  • 786 patients have died in the UK.
  • The death toll in the US has risen above 10,000, with the worst affected area of New York set to convert a vast cathedral into a field hospital. 
  • US President Donald Trump and his likely rival for the presidency Joe Biden spoke by phone yesterday and – by both accounts – had a good conversation about the crisis.
  • China has said it has had no new coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours.
  • Japan has declared a state of emergency in regions of the country over a spike in infections. 
  • All outdoor exercise in Paris between 10am and 7pm will be banned from tomorrow, French news magazine L’obs reports
  • Denmark has said it is to start easing coronavirus restrictions, starting with the reopening of schools from next week.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin wished Boris Johnson a speedy recovery from the coronavirus, saying his “optimism and sense of humour” would help him get better.

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