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Coronavirus latest updates: Global death toll passes 160,000; Trump warns China over outbreak

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A summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreak
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Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:

Trump warns China over outbreak
Donald Trump has warned that China should face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for the coronavirus pandemic. “It could have been stopped in China before it started and it wasn’t, and the whole world is suffering because of it,” Trump said in his daily White House briefing. “If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, yeah, I mean, then sure there should be consequences,” Trump said. He did not elaborate on what form that might take.

Global death toll passes 160,000
Deaths so far in the global coronavirus pandemic have passed 160,000, according to Johns Hopkins University figures. The toll is currently at 160,717. This news comes as the total number of deaths in Europe approaches 100,000. The US has the highest toll globally, with 39,089 fatalities.

China reports lowest daily cases for a month
China’s National Health Commission reported 16 new confirmed coronavirus cases for the 24 hours to Sunday, the lowest number since 17 March, and down from 27 a day earlier. Of the new cases, 9 were imported infections, and the remaining 7 confirmed cases were locally transmitted. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country reached 82,735 as of 18 April, while the total death toll from the virus stood at 4,632, it said.

Spain extends lockdown
Prime minister Pedro Sanchez said he will extend the nationwide coronavirus lockdown to 9 May, hours after the official death toll passed 20,000. “We have done the hardest part through responsibility and social discipline ... we are putting the most extreme moments behind us,” Sanchez said. The restrictions currently in place would however be loosened slightly to allow children time outside from 27 April, said Sanchez. Spain, which has been under confinement since 14 March, has recorded 20,639 deaths from the virus.

Americans take to the streets to protest lockdowns
A day after Donald Trump encouraged protests against strict public health measures aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus, Americans rallied in Maryland, Texas and Ohio, with more planned for next week in other states. Hundreds of people stood shoulder-to-shoulder at the Texas Capitol on Saturday as part of a protest organised by the conspiracy theory site InfoWars, while in Maryland, protesters stayed inside their cars and honked their horns as they drove around the capital, Annapolis.

Canada and US extend border restrictions
Canada and the United States have agreed to extend border restrictions for another 30 days to help control the spread of coronavirus, the prime minister, Justin Trudeau, said on Saturday. Washington and Ottawa agreed last month to clamp down on non-essential travel while allowing trade to continue during the coronavirus outbreak. The agreement was due to expire this week.

South Korea reports single digit cases for the first time in two months
South Korea recorded just eight new daily coronavirus cases on Sunday, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The nation’s total tally is 10,661 cases and 234 deaths.

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