The number of people who have died worldwide after testing positive for coronavirus has passed 10,000.
The figures – collated by Johns Hopkins University – show more than 3,000 fatalities in Italy, and over 3,100 in China.
In the UK, 144 people have died, according to figures from the Department of Health.
Iran said its number of fatalities rose by 149 to 1,433 on Friday, while confirmed infections increased by 1,237 to 19,644.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he would use “all state power” to tackle COVID-19.
Rapid testing has been launched in the country, where 60 new cases were reported on Friday, taking the total to 369, with 32 fatalities.
Malaysia, which has the biggest number of infections in South East Asia, reported 130 new cases on Friday, taking its tally to 1,030.
Singapore reported 40 new cases on Friday, increasing its total to 385.
Tasmania has quarantined itself from the rest of Australia to control the spread of coronavirus.
The island state has declared a state of emergency, with premier Peter Gutwein promising the “toughest border restrictions in Australia”.
“We’ve got a moat, and we’re not afraid to use it,” said the front page of Tasmania’s The Mercury newspaper.
The island off the southeast coast of Australia had 10 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and no fatalities. Nationally, there have been 785 cases and seven deaths.
In India, anyone suspected of having COVID-19 is having their hand stamped and being tracked using their mobile phone to enforce quarantine measures.
Officials have reported multiple cases of people flouting quarantine rules. More than 200 people have been infected in India, and four people have died.
South Africa’s central bank has announced a series of emergency liquidity measures.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize said on Friday that the number of cases had risen by 52 to 202.
While the virus has spread more slowly in Africa than in Asia or Europe, infections have started to rise rapidly in South Africa in recent days.
In Taiwan, there were 27 new cases on Friday, and a second death was reported.
Brazil, the hardest hit country in South America, reported 621 confirmed cases on Thursday – more than doubling in two days.
Hong Kong reported a one-day record of 48 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, taking the total to 256.
Source: Read Full Article