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Edited by Alix Kroeger

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  1. That's all for now

    We are bringing this page to a close now, on a sobering day where the global coronavirus death toll passed 200,000.

    The UK became the fifth country to record more than 20,000 fatalities - each one a tragedy for family and friends.

    Our writers today were Steve Sutcliffe, Becky Morton, Joseph Lee, Sophie Williams, Frank Keogh, Sean Fanning, David Walker, Tom Gerken, Paul Kirby and Alex Bysouth.

  2. Where are fastest-growing outbreaks?

    While the US and European nations have been at the centre of the pandemic for the past few weeks, other nations are also seeing cases rapidly rise.

    In Ecuador, there are now 22,791 confirmed cases - up from six on 2 March. Officials have suggested the death toll, currently under 900, may be in the thousands and families have said they have struggled to bury their dead.

    After recording its first case on 26 February, Brazil has reached 55,224 cases, with 3,762 deaths. Amid the largest outbreak in Latin America, President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticised for joining protesters against the restrictions designed to slow the virus’s spread.

    Turkey confirmed its first case on 11 March and now has 107,773 - making it the seventh highest total worldwide. There have been 2,706 deaths.

    And in Russia, the total number of confirmed infections reached 74,588, rising from about 1,000 on 28 March. The death toll has reached 681.

  3. DJs and club nights move to live streaming

    Lizzie Curious

    If you're looking for something fun to do on a Saturday night then why not try live streaming a club night?

    With the UK in lockdown, DJ sets are moving online while revellers party at home and interact in web chat rooms.

    Club owner Deltic said that up to 350,000 people had streamed sets on its Facebook pages and Manchester club Hacienda's Easter fundraiser attracted an estimated 1.5 million views.

    Read more about how people are getting their music fix.

  4. Other developments around the world

    • Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said the country should draw up economic plans based on a worst-case scenario of nearly a year's disruption from the coronavirus, as the death toll rose by 76 to 5,650
    • In Nigeria, state governors asked President Muhammadu Buhari to make face masks compulsory in public places as confirmed coronavirus cases rose
    • South Africa's trade minister Ebrahim Patel said the country planned to reopen its agriculture sector and allow some manufacturing and retail to start operating again, in an attempt to balance restarting economic activity with curbing the spread of the virus
  5. Driver clocked at 134mph in London

    During Saturday's UK briefing, Home Secretary Priti Patel revealed that a driver was recorded travelling at 134mph (215kmh) in a 40mph zone in London.

    Speeds of up to 151mph had been clocked on the M1 motorway, she said, with a warning against people breaking the law during the lockdown.

    "Police are still responding to all sorts of crime that include some extrarordinary dangerous driving, with a minority of drivers using quieter roads as their own personal racetracks," she said.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Home Secretary slams "extraordinary dangerous driving"
  6. Latest from US & Canada

    • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a press conference today that Canada would not reopen until there was enough PPE (personal protective equipment) for all. “I don’t think we should be talking about reopening any parts of the economy if we do not have a strong plan to protect people working,” he said
    • In the US, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said the state had seen a “continued flattening” of coronavirus cases, and that social distancing measures would continue
    • And Michigan state Senator Dale Zorn has apologised for the “choice of pattern” on a face mask he wore yesterday. He trended on social media as people said the face mask resembled the Confederate flag.
    View more on twitter
  7. 100,000 deaths reported in past 16 days

    It took 90 days from the first reported death in Wuhan, China, on 11 January for countries to record more than 100,000 confirmed coronavirus fatalities.

    Just 16 days later, that total has passed 200,000. But which countries have been hardest hit?

    The US has suffered the largest death toll, with more than 52,400 recorded.

    Italy, for weeks the epicentre of Europe's pandemic, has seen 26,384 deaths and is now beginning to talk about a new "Phase Two", when it can start reopening society

    Spain, France and the UK are the other countries to report death tolls above 20,000.

    In Spain, children under 14 will finally be allowed outside for the first time in six weeks on Sunday. French PM Edouard Philippe has just said he will detail his country's plan to relax the lockdown on Tuesday.

    Among the most severely affected countries, Belgium has the highest number of deaths per capita, with six deaths per 100,000 people compared with 4.9 in Spain and 1.6 in the US.

    But, unlike many countries, Belgium records suspected coronavirus deaths in care homes while many other countries have reported these at a later stage.

    There have been more than 7,000 deaths recorded in Asian countries and a similar number in Latin America, while in the Middle East the figure is over 8,800. The current toll in Africa stands at about 1,350.

  8. How Covid-19 has spread

    Graph or coronavirus cases worldwide
  9. Latest as global fatalities pass 200,000

    This is what we have learned as the global coronavirus death tally moved beyond another sombre milestone:

    • The global death toll currently stands at 200,698, according to a tracker run by Johns Hopkins University, after it was announced that France had recorded 369 further fatalities
    • That took the total number of deaths in the country to 22,614, but the daily toll is falling, and the number in intensive care has dropped for the seventeenth consecutive day
    • The UK become the fifth country to pass 20,000 deaths in hospital from Covid-19, behind the US, Italy, Spain and France.
    • The death toll in Italy has gone up by 415 to 26,384, Europe's highest
    • Spain's death toll has risen by 378, slightly more than recorded on Friday, bringing the overall number confirmed to have died of the virus to 22,902
    • Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has warned governments against using so-called "immunity passports" or "risk-free certificates" as a way of easing lockdowns
    • It said there was "no evidence" that people who had developed antibodies after recovering from the virus were protected against a second infection.
  10. 'Revenge porn' lockdown surge hits helpline

    Revenge porn messages

    The lockdown has caused a surge in the number of people contacting the UK's Revenge Porn Helpline - a government-funded service for adults experiencing intimate image abuse.

    Traffic to the helpline's website nearly doubled in the week beginning 23 March and more cases were opened in the following four weeks than in any previous four-week period.

    Clare McGlynn, professor of law at Durham University, attributes the rise in cases to "the increased use of the internet and social media, as well as heightened emotions" during lockdown.

    Maya, 25, is one of those who has experienced intimate image abuse since the UK lockdown was announced, when nudes taken when she was a teenager were reposted online.

    "Every time they come up, I get so worried about someone seeing them, and how that could actually impact my job as a teacher. Now I feel like I have to keep checking it all the time," she told the BBC.

    You can read more about the experiences of Maya and others here.

  11. Tattoo parlours and nail salons open in US

    An Atlanta barber wears a face mask while cutting a customer's hair
    Image caption: An Atlanta barber wears a face mask while cutting a customer's hair

    Some US states have begun to open non-essential businesses as part of a drive to bring an end to the lockdown.

    A customer having their nails done behind PPE in Atlanta, Georgia
    Image caption: A customer having their nails done behind PPE in Atlanta, Georgia

    Georgia, Alaska and Oklahoma have all lifted restrictions on businesses including salons, barbers and pet groomers.

    Several people have shared pictures of themselves in empty restaurants enjoying a (very) quiet meal with nobody else around.

    Some health experts have warned that the easing might be happening too soon and could cause another wave of infections.

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  12. BreakingGlobal death toll passes 200,000

    The global coronavirus death tally has passed 200,000 people, according to the global tracker run by Johns Hopkins University, after France recorded 369 further fatalities.

    A total of 22,614 people have now died in France.

    Earlier on Saturday, the UK became the fifth country to pass 20,000 deaths in hospital from Covid-19, behind the United States, Italy, Spain and France.

  13. Wales tightens rules on exercise

    Police in London enforce restrictions in a park

    Authorities in Wales are tightening guidelines on physical exercise to cut down on unnecessary travel.

    The updated restrictions say that, from Saturday, people must exercise "as close as possible" to home.

    People should not drive away from home to exercise, with no journeys "of any significant distance". Cyclists are told they should travel no farther than a "reasonable walking distance from home".

    The UK government has said it is not going to stop outdoor exercise, but has renewed warnings against sunbathing during the current restrictions.

    Read more on the Wales restrictions here

  14. Turkey sees death toll rise to 2,706

    A woman wearing aprotective face mask walks near the Eyup Sultan mosque during the first day of Ramadan, in Istanbul, Turkey, 24 April 2020

    The death toll in Turkey has risen by 106 to 2,706, authorities said on Saturday.

    The health ministry also confirmed another 2,861 infections taking the total to 107,773. It is the seventh highest number of cases in the world, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University in the US.

    On Thursday, Turkey imposed a four-day lockdown across 31 provinces to try to stem the spread of the virus. It coincided with a national holiday and the beginning of Ramadan.

    Correspondents say President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been trying to contain the virus without totally shutting down the economy. However, doctors, trade unions and the opposition have complained that he has not gone far enough.

  15. A-level student does work experience on coronavirus ward

    Leeoni Batty at work

    Leeoni Batty applied for work experience at her local hospital in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, while she studied A-levels in chemistry, biology and psychology.

    Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

    She was asked if she wanted to become a member of the domestic services team, working on a coronavirus ward on her first day.

    Her job involves cleaning and sterilising rooms, as well as serving tea and coffee to patients.

    She tells the BBC that some of what she has seen has been "incredibly upsetting", but adds: "I have never been as proud as to be part of this fight."

    Read the full story

  16. What the latest UK figures mean

    Nick Triggle

    Health Correspondent

    In the early stages of the coronavirus epidemic in the UK, the government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said limiting deaths to around 20,000 would be a “good outcome” given the challenge ahead.

    The fact we have now passed this grim milestone in less than two months is both a tragedy for the families affected and a worry to the rest of the country.

    There are strong signs - at least in hospitals - that we have passed the peak of deaths. The fact that may have happened without the health service being overwhelmed in the way Italy’s was is at least some good news.

    However, the deaths in care homes, which the daily figures from government do not include, are rising rapidly and could prove very difficult to get under control.

    In fact, if we included them we would have passed the 20,000 mark some time ago.

    Read full analysis here

  17. Belarus orphanage hit by virus outbreak

    Children at Vesnova orphanage, Belarus
    Image caption: Many of the children at the orphanage have disabilities, some severe

    At least 23 people, including 13 disabled children, have been infected with coronavirus at an orphanage in Belarus.

    An Irish charity that supports the Vesnova orphanage, in the central Hlusk district, said that some of the children were already "extremely ill".

    There are more than 170 children and young adults at the centre, many with severe disabilities and compromised immune systems.

    Adi Roche, founder of the Chernobyl Children International charity, said the orphanage did not have enough medicine to treat the patients. The orphanage is appealing to the government to relocate the children.

    Belarus's authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko has resisted calls for a nationwide lockdown, dismissing fears of the coronavirus epidemic as "psychosis". As of Friday there were 8,773 confirmed cases and 63 deaths in the country.

  18. New York man charged with hoarding PPE and sanitiser

    People wait in line for a shop wearing face masks
    Image caption: New Yorkers are now required to cover their faces in public

    A man has been charged with hoarding personal protective equipment and sanitiser in New York state and selling it for excess profit.

    Amardeep Singh, 45, has been accused of violating the Defense Production Act in the United States, which makes it illegal to accumulate such products and sell them at inflated prices.

    According to authorities, his business was found to be hoarding more than 100,000 face masks, 10,000 surgical gowns and 2,500 full-body isolation suits along with other forms of PPE and sanitiser.

    The complaint alleges he sold N95 masks for twice their value, disposable gloves for three times their value, and disposable face masks for $1 (£0.81) despite purchasing them for 7 cents (£0.06) each. If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison.

    Singh’s attorney, Brad Gerstman, told CNN that the decision to prosecute him was “absurd” and said he was not price gouging.

    There have been more than 271,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in New York, more than any individual country.

  19. New York pharmacies to conduct tests

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will sign an executive order to allow independent pharmacists to conduct coronavirus tests.

    Governor Cuomo says the measure will "unlock a network of over 5,000 pharmacies as testing locations".

    He says testing criteria will be expanded to include first responders, frontline healthcare workers and essential workers.

    Coronavirus-related deaths in the state had risen by 437, compared with a rise of 422 the previous day, Governor Cuomo added.

    However, he said the number of patients hospitalised because of the virus had fallen to about 1,100 per day - the same level as 21 days ago.

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  20. What we learned from the UK briefing

    Priti Patel
    • Home Secretary Priti Patel and officials set a sombre tone on the day that the hospital death toll passed 20,000 – but when asked, they declined to say whether the loss of life meant the UK should have adopted a different strategy
    • While car crime, burglary and shoplifting had fallen, Ms Patel said some "sophisticated" criminals were seeking to exploit the situation. Online scams have cost the public £2.4m while criminals have also tried to sell fraudulent protective equipment and coronavirus testing kits, she said
    • Prof Stephen Powis from NHS England stressed that social distancing was working, bringing down the numbers in hospital, but said that evidence of increased motor vehicle use was causing "a little bit of concern"
    • Asked about the attendance of controversial Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings at meetings of scientists advising on the pandemic, Prof Powis said the advice and contributions came from the scientists – but he did not reveal what, if anything, Mr Cummings said