At least 109,300 people have died worldwide from the coronavirus in 193 countries and territories. Here are the latest updates for April 12:

A woman carries her shopping and an Easter egg across Piazza della Rotonda in central Rome, on April 11, 2020 during the country's lockdown.
A woman carries her shopping and an Easter egg across Piazza della Rotonda in central Rome, on April 11, 2020 during the country's lockdown. (AFP)

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Italy reports lowest death toll in three weeks

Italy on Sunday reported its lowest coronavirus death toll in more than three weeks, confirming trends showing that the Covid-19 outbreak in Europe's worst-hit nation had peaked.

The 431 new deaths reported by the civil protection service were the lowest since March 19. Italy's death total now stands at 19,899, officially second behind the United States.

The number of people currently showing Covid-19 symptoms is still growing, officially rising to 102,253, but the number of people receiving emergency care is dropping, the data showed.

The number of people in non-critical hospital care is also down.

"The pressure on our hospitals continues to ease," civil protection service chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters.

UK death toll tops 10,000

The death toll from Covid-19 has risen to 10,612 across hospitals in the United Kingdom after a recorded daily rise of 737, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.

The figures were as of 1700 BST (1600 GMT) on April 11.

The two previous daily increase figures were both above 900. 

On previous weekends since the outbreak began, figures have dipped, which can reflect longer delays in registering deaths.

France death toll reaches 14,393

The death toll in France from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 14,393 from 13,832 a day earlier, the French public health authority said on Sunday.

Turkey reports 97 more fatalities 

Turkey's confirmed cases of coronavirus increased by 4,789 in the past 24 hours, and 97 people more have died, taking the death toll to 1,198, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Sunday.

The total number of recovered cases stood at 3,446, and the number of tests carried out over the last 24 hours was 35,720, the minister said.

Turkey's total confirmed cases stood at 56,956, the ministry said.

South Africa records 145 new cases

South Africa on Sunday reported a further 145 cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number in the country to 2,173, a statement from the Health ministry said.

The statement did not provide any update on the number of deaths, which rose to 25 on Saturday.

Spain sees 619 more deaths 

Spain's coronavirus death toll rose for the first time in three days, with 619 new deaths reported, taking the country's official death to 16,972, the Health Ministry announced.

The latest death toll is higher than the 510 deaths reported a day earlier, but down from a peak of 950 more than a week ago.

Around 5,000 more people were also diagnosed with Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, bringing the total to 166,019. Of those confirmed cases, 62,391 people have recovered.

While the rate of contagion has dropped significantly, Spain’s health professionals are still at a high risk of contracting the virus. As of Saturday, nearly 25,000 tested positive for Covid-19.

Dutch infections top 25,000, deaths rise to 2,737 deaths

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands has topped 25,000, health authorities said, with the number of deaths rising by 94 to 2,737.

The Netherlands' National Institute for Health (RIVM) reported 1,188 new infections over the past 24 hours, taking the total to 25,587.

The rate of increase in infections and deaths has slowed for several days helped by social distancing measures. 

Iran's death toll from coronavirus rises to 4,474

Iran's death toll from Covid-19 has risen by 117 in the past day to 4,474, health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said.

The Islamic Republic has recorded 71,686 cases of the new coronavirus which causes the disease, Jahanpur said.

Iran has been the country hardest hit by the pandemic in the Middle East and more than half of its diagnosed patients have recovered after treatment.

Russia reports 2,186 new cases in one day

Russian authorities confirmed 2,186 new coronavirus cases, the new daily record, bringing the total infections to 15,770.

The death toll rose to 130 as 24 more people died from the Covid-19, disease caused by the coronavirus, over the last 24 hours, the emergency team said in a statement.

A total of 246 patients have been discharged from hospitals since Saturday, increasing the total numb er of recoveries to 1,291.

New Zealand reports 18 new cases and no deaths

New Zealand has reported only 18 new cases of Covid-19 and no more deaths as strict rules on social isolation showed further signs of slowing the spread of the disease.

At a daily briefing, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says New Zealand now had 1,330 confirmed cases. Five people are in ICUs, one in critical condition.

New Zealand’s death toll stands at four.

Malaysia reports 184 new cases, death toll rises by three

Malaysian health authorities reported 184 additional confirmed cases of the new coronavirus on Saturday, raising the cumulative tally to 4,530, the highest number for any country in Southeast Asia.

The latest data includes three new deaths, raising total fatalities from the outbreak to 73.

The ministry said 44 percent of all confirmed cases have recovered.

Indonesia reports biggest daily jump in cases

Indonesia reported 399 new cases of the coronavirus, its biggest daily jump so far, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 4,241, according to data provided by a health ministry official, Achmad Yurianto.

Yurianto said there were also 46 new coronavirus-related deaths, taking the total to 373. 

China's Harbin orders 28-day quarantine

China's northeastern city of Harbin will implement a 28-day quarantine measure for all arrivals from abroad, its government said in a statement posted online.

People entering the capital of Heilongjiang province bordering Russia will be held at a quarantine center for 14 days at first, followed by another 14 days at home, it added.

They will also be subjected to two nucleic acid tests and an antibody test.

Germany's  death toll at 2,673 with 120,479 confirmed cases

Germany's number of confirmed coronavirus infections rose by 2,821 to 120,479, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed.

That was lower than a 4,133 increase reported on Saturday, and marked the second decline after four days of increases. The reported death toll rose by 129 to 2,673.

Thailand reports 33 new cases and three deaths

Thailand reported 33 new coronavirus infections, for a total of 2,551 cases, as well as three more deaths, taking the southeast Asian nation's toll to 38.

Two Thai men aged 74 and 44, and a woman aged 65 died, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government's Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration. 

Philippines confirms record 50 deaths, with 4,648 cases

The Philippines recorded 50 coronavirus deaths, its highest in a single day, taking the toll to 297.

In a bulletin, the health ministry said 220 new infections took the tally of virus cases to 4,648. 

But 40 more patients recovered, for a total of 197 recoveries. 

Guatemala's cases rise by 16 to 153 with three deaths

Guatemala reported 16 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the Central American nation's total to 153 cases, President Alejandro Giammattei said.

Three people have died from coronavirus infections in Guatemala so far, officials say.

Mexico registers 4,219 cases of coronavirus 

Mexico reported 375 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the country's total to 4,219 cases and 273 deaths, the health ministry said. 

Mainland China reports 99 new coronavirus cases

Mainland China reported 99 new confirmed coronavirus cases on April 11, including 97 involving travellers from overseas, up from a total of 46 new cases a day earlier, China's National Health Commission said on Sunday.

The commission said in a statement that 63 new asymptomatic coronavirus cases were reported on April 11, up from 34 the previous day.

Mainland China's tally of infections now stands at 82,052, while the death toll stands at 3,339. 

US records 1,920 virus deaths in past 24 hours

The United States recorded 1,920 deaths related to the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University as of 8:30 pm Saturday (0030 GMT Sunday).

The number of fatalities was lower than the previous day's record toll of 2,108.

The outbreak has now claimed the lives of at least 20,506 people in the US, the most of any country.

Panama registers 3,234 coronavirus cases and 79 deaths

Panama registered 260 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, taking the country's total to 3,234 cases and 79 deaths, the healthy ministry said.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies