Coronavirus: Latest global developments

Pairs, France: Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

Record cases in India 

India's capital New Delhi extends its lockdown as the vast nation of 1.3 billion people registers 349,691 fresh cases and 2,767 deaths -- the highest since the start of the pandemic.

The northern megacity -- home to 20 million people and the worst hit in India -- extends its lockdown by a week.

EU mobilizing to help India 

The European Union will provide help to India as it fights record numbers of deaths and cases, the Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen pledges Sunday.

The bloc is pooling resources using the EU civil protection mechanism for a rapid response, she writes on Twitter.

Deadly fire at Iraq Covid hospital

At least 82 people have died and 110 are wounded in a Baghdad Covid-19 hospital fire overnight Sunday, the Iraqi interior ministry announces.

Many of the victims were on respirators when the blaze at Baghdad's Ibn al-Khatib hospital started with an explosion caused by "a fault in the storage of oxygen cylinders", medical sources told AFP.

Italy bans Indian arrivals

Italy becomes the latest country to ban arrivals from India, apart from Italian residents, Health Minister Roberto Speranza announces Sunday.

Anyone already in Italy who had been in India in the past 14 days should contact health authorities, he says.

Greece detects Indian variant

Greece becomes the latest European nation to detect a case of the Covid-19 variant that has helped drive an explosion in infections in India, authorities announced.

Protest, arrests in England

London police arrest five people, and eight officers are injured Saturday, after a disorder at a large-scale protest against the continued mandatory use of masks and the possible introduction of so-called vaccine passports.

Protest in Switzerland

Thousands of protesters defy a ban to march in eastern Switzerland Saturday against measures aimed at reducing the spread of Covid-19, most of them ignoring the requirement to wear a mask.

Brazil hits record monthly death toll 

Brazil records 67,977 deaths so far in April, the health ministry says, making it the deadliest month yet before it ends, topping March's 66,573 fatalities.

Fashion designer dies 

Former Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz, credited with turning the luxury brand around during his 2001-15 tenure, has died of coronavirus, Swiss luxury group Richemont says.

Peru issues double-mask order 

Pero orders the use of two masks at the same time from Monday when inside shops and other places where there are a lot of people, responding to a spike in Covid-19 deaths and infections.

More than three million deaths worldwide 

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 3,101,568 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1300 GMT on Sunday.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 571,921 deaths, followed by Brazil with 389,492 deaths; Mexico with 214,853 deaths; India with 192,311 deaths; and the United Kingdom with 127,417 deaths.

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