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Deaths fall in Spain, Spike in Japan


WD,5 April : Spain saw a decline in the number of new deaths from the coronavirus for the third consecutive day, raising hopes that the worst of the country’s outbreak may be over.

The Health Ministry reported 674 fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 12,418. The number of confirmed cases rose to 130,759, from 124,736 a day earlier. The latest daily death toll is now lower than in the UK, which reported 708 fatalities on Saturday.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Saturday plans to extend a national lockdown for another two weeks until April 25. He initiated the restrictions on March 14 for an initial two-week period and subsequently extended them until April 11 as the virus outbreak accelerated.

More than 130 people were newly infected with the novel coronavirus in Tokyo, Japan’s NHK public broadcaster reported on Sunday, citing officials from the metropolitan government.

It was the highest daily jump in confirmed cases so far, bringing the number of positive cases in the capital to more than 1,000, NHK said.

Tokyo’s metropolitan government has strongly urged people to stay at home as the city of 13 million has seen an uptick in the number of cases in recent days.

Governor Yuriko Koike appeared on a morning news show on Sunday and repeated her call to residents to avoid unnecessary outings, saying that “lives were at stake”.

Japan has so far been spared the kind of explosive surge seen in Europe, the United States and elsewhere, with some 3,139 cases and 77 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University Tally.

In light of the increase in confirmed Covid-19 cases in Tokyo, there have been a growing call on the central government to call for a “state of emergency,” which unlike in other countries, comes with limited enforcement power in Japan.

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