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Trump resumes attacks on China over coronavirus: Live updates

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An intubated patient tries to gesture at a medical worker holding his hand at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Sotiria hospital in Athens, Greece [Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters]

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.

Worldwide, the number of people confirmed to have the coronavirus has risen to more than three million, and at least 2109,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Some 892,000 people have recovered. US President Donald Trump returned to his daily press briefings after a few days absence to attack China over its handling of the coronavirus, saying his administration was conducting “serious investigations” into what happened. The UN rights chief has warned that countries flouting the rule of law in the name of fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic risk sparking a “human rights disaster”.

Here are the latest

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China's unity song backfires as propaganda on South China Sea

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A song released by China to highlight its partnership with the Philippines against the COVID-19 outbreak is being criticised as propaganda.

It has been “disliked” more than 100,000 times on YouTube.

Many Filipinos found the lyrics a thinly veiled attempt by Beijing to reassert its claims over the disputed South China Sea.

Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports.

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Italy to loosen lockdown from May 4: Coronavirus live updates

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Countries around the world including Australia, New Zealand, Iran and Spain are moving to ease coronavirus lockdowns as daily cases and deaths slow. Italy has announced it will ease its two-month old controls from May 4.

At least 1.3 million Australians have downloaded the government’s COVIDsafe tracing app, as support for Prime Minister Scott Morrison surges thanks to his handling of the outbreak.

Worldwide, the number of people confirmed to have the coronavirus has risen to more than 2.97 million and at least 206,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Some 868,000 people have recovered.

Here are the latest updates:

Monday, April 27 08:25 GMT – Philippines’ coronavirus death toll rises to 511, cases up to 7,777 – ministry

The Philippines reported 198 new coronavirus cases and 10 more deaths, brining the country’s tally to 7,777 cases and 511 fatalities.

The

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China says all Wuhan virus patients discharged: Live updates

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The coronavirus global death toll exceeded the 200,000 threshold, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned against countries issuing so-called “immunity passports” to those recovered from COVID-19, saying there is no evidence yet the previously infected cannot be reinfected.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered the partial lifting of a curfew in all regions of the kingdom, except in the cities of Mecca and Medina, as well as the previously quarantined neighbourhoods, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

In the United Kingdom, an additional 813 people died in hospital after testing positive for the disease caused by the new coronavirus, bringing the country’s total to 20,319.

India allowed a limited reopening of shops in neighbourhoods and residential areas, a month after the country of some 1.3 billion people went into lockdown.

Worldwide,

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China reports no new coronavirus deaths in ten days: Live updates

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World leaders have rallied around the United Nations for an initiative to help the most vulnerable countries gain access to vaccines, diagnostics and treatment tools for the coronavirus as soon as they emerge. Noticeably absent: The United States, which is the hardest hist country in the world, and China, where the virus first appeared.

The World Health Organization’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the agency is teaming up with countries and partners worldwide to accelerate work on drugs and a vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Africa’s coronavirus cases have surged 43 percent in the past week but its countries are dangerously behind in the global race for scarce medical equipment. Ten nations have no ventilators at all. John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the continent is competing with the developed world in terms of obtaining supplies

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UAE taking steps to gain control of Sudan's main port

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A strike by angry port workers led to the suspension of a similar deal in 2018 [File: Ashraf Shazly/AFP]

Sudan’s transitional government is taking steps to hand over control of its principal seaport to a company owned by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a move that incensed port workers who say they will protest privatisation of the country’s national terminal.

Officials in Sudan, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Al Jazeera the government was in the process of securing a deal with UAE giant Dubai Ports World (DP World). The agreement would allow the logistics company to run Sudan Port.

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Samy al-Sanea, an engineer and leader of a team under the Sea Ports Corporation, Sudan’s national port operator, confirmed to Al Jazeera late last month that DP World has been seeking to gain control of the country’s port operator.

“We received word that DP World was

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US warship sails though Taiwan Strait for second time in a month

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry pictured at port in the South Korean city of Busan [File: Yonhap via EPA]

A US warship sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait for the second time in a month, the militaries from Taiwan and the United States said on Friday, amid heightened tensions between Taiwan and China and as a Chinese aircraft carrier passes near the island.

China, which considers Taiwan its own, has been angered by the Trump administration’s increased support for the island, such as more arms sales, US patrols and a February visit to Washington by Vice President-elect William Lai.

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Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said the US warship travelled through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the island from China in a southerly direction and was continuing to sail south.

Taiwan’s armed forces monitored the ship which it described as being on an “ordinary mission”, the ministry

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Coronavirus pushes US jobless to Depression level: Live updates

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26 million people have sought US jobless aid in the past five weeks since the coronavirus hit. About one in six American workers have lost their jobs, by far the worst string of layoffs since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The US House of Representatives has passed a nearly $500bn spending package to help businesses and hospitals.

More than 190,000 people have died due to the pandemic, with 2.7 million infected, out of whom almost 750,000 have recovered.

Testing of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine began on healthy volunteers at University of Oxford in Britain, the latest in a cluster of early-stage studies in search of protection against the coronavirus.

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) says there are “worrying upward trends” in early epidemics in parts of Africa and Central and South America, warning that the “virus will be with

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Lebanon arrests suspect for putting Nigerian worker up 'for sale'

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Beirut, Lebanon – Lebanese security forces have arrested a man suspected of putting a Nigerian domestic worker up “for sale” on a popular Facebook page used to trade everyday items such as furniture, food and shoes.

“Domestic worker of African citizenship (Nigerian) for sale with a new residency and full legal papers,” an account under the name Wael Jerro posted on the page, named Buy and Sell in Lebanon. The exact date of the post remains unclear.

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The suspect was arrested on Thursday by Lebanon‘s General Security agency, the country’s leading intelligence agency, which also controls entry and exit from the small Mediterranean nation. General Security said an investigation was under way in the case, and warned that advertising people online violated the country’s human trafficking laws, subjecting perpetrators to prosecution.

The arrest came after Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najem on Wednesday ordered the judiciary to follow up on the

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China reports 10 new coronavirus cases in mainland: Live updates

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The head of the US agency in charge of developing a vaccine against the coronavirus says he was removed from his job for opposing the chloroquine treatment promoted by US President Donald Trump.

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) says there are “worrying upward trends” in early epidemics in parts of Africa and central and South America, warning that the “virus will be with us for a long time”.

More than 2.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. At least 178,000 have died with the United States accounting for about a quarter of all deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The United Nations is warning global hunger could double as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, putting 265 million people at risk.

Here are the latest updates:

Thursday, April 23 04:20 GMT

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Philippines's Duterte to decide whether to continue lockdown

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A soldier wearing a protective mask checks a woman’s quarantine pass in Manila as part of imposed movement restrictions. President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to decide on whether to extend the lockdown on Thursday [Eloisa Lopez/Reuters]

Manila, Philippines — With a little more than a week left before the scheduled end of the Philippines’s strict community quarantine measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the country is expected to find out on Thursday how the government plans to transition out of the lockdown.

On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte met former health secretaries, experts and other legislators to discuss the possibility of extending the lockdown with modifications to allow selected non-essential businesses to resume operations or to lift it entirely.

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Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said “a total lockdown” had been ruled out, allaying fears that more restrictive quarantine measures would be put into place after the April

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UN warns on hunger, as coronavirus cases top 2.5m: Live updates

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More than 2.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. More than 170,000 have died, with the US accounting for about a quarter of all deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The United Nations is warning global hunger could double as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, putting 265 million people at risk.  Singapore has extended a month-long lockdown that the government has dubbed a “circuit-breaker” until June 1 after a surge in cases.

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Wednesday, April 22 03:50 GMT – Southeast Asian governments urged to step up climate change commitments

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights are calling on Southeast Asian governments to commit to more ambitious climate and environmental targets to lower the risk of future health emergencies.

APHR noted that the number of emerging infectious diseases had increased since the 1940s alongside deforestation and increasing urbanisation. 

“Our

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Philippines jails: Many inmates, staff test positive for COVID-19

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Jails in the Philippines are among the most overcrowded in the world, and that is making it difficult to manage the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Several inmates have tested positive, along with some prison staff. Analysts say, unless conditions change, the number of cases will rise.

Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports from the Philippines capital, Manila.

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Two US warships in South China Sea amid China-Malaysia standoff

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The US State Department has said China has been taking advantage of the Asia-Pacific region’s focus on the coronavirus pandemic to ‘coerce its neighbours’ [File: Mike Blake/Reuters]

The US Navy has confirmed on Tuesday that two US warships are operating in the South China Sea, with three regional security sources saying they were near an area of a standoff between China and Malaysia.

The Haiyang Dizhi 8, a Chinese government research ship, was spotted last week conducting a survey close to an exploration vessel operated by Malaysia’s state oil company Petronas, months after it undertook a similar patrol off Vietnam.

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The incident prompted the US to call on China to stop its “bullying behaviour” in the disputed waters, citing concern over Beijing’s provocative actions towards offshore oil and gas developments there.

The US State Department has said China was taking advantage of the region’s focus on the

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Coronavirus 'amplifies many crises' threatening press freedom

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China, Saudi Arabia and Egypt were the world’s biggest jailers of journalists, according to Reporters Without Borders [Carlos Jasso/Reuters]

The coronavirus pandemic has amplified and exacerbated “the many crises” threatening press freedom across the world, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Tuesday, lambasting governments for taking advantage of the outbreak to pass repressive media laws, punish journalists and censor information.

Christophe Deloire, RSF’s secretary-general, said governments were using “the fact that politics are on hold, the public is stunned, and protests are out of the question in order to impose measures that would be impossible in normal times”.

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Unveiling its annual press freedom rankings, RSF said both China and Iran have censored the major coronavirus outbreaks in their countries extensively, while authorities in Iraq stripped Reuters news agency of its licence for three months over a story questioning official figures.

RSF said China – where authorities are accused of

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Coronavirus dead around world exceeds 170,000: Live updates

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Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur. 

There’s so much oil sloshing around the system and no demand for it because of the lockdowns in the world’s key economies that oil futures have plunged below zero for the first time in history.  Globally, more than 2.4 million people have been diagnosed with the virus while more than 170,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 646,000 people have recovered. The US accounts for about a quarter of all deaths. A glimmer of hope in Italy, after the country reported a slight drop in active coronavirus cases.

Here are the latest updates:

Tuesday, April 21 03:20 GMT – Philippines stepping up testing for coronavirus

The Philippines is stepping up testing for the coronavirus with the assistance of the Red Cross whose laboratory aims to

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Protests flare in US, coronavirus toll tops 40,000: Live updates

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Coronavirus-related deaths in the US exceeded 40,000 with nearly half of all casualties in New York, as protests against “stay at home” orders flared in a number of states. The number of deaths in Italy was the lowest in a week, while the pace of new infections also slowed. Spain registered its lowest daily death toll in almost a month. New Zealand will relax some of its restrictions – among the most stringent in the world – from next Monday. A group of more than 150 economists in Australia have urged the government to maintain social distancing restrictions as some urge a lifting of the lockdown to save the economy. “We believe a callous indifference to life is morally objectionable,” they wrote. Globally, 2.4 million people have been diagnosed with the virus while more than 165,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 625,000 people have recovered.

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What would and should a post-pandemic world look like?

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Children wave after placing a banner reading ‘Everything will be all right’ out of the window of their apartment in Rome, Italy on March 13, 2020 [File: AP/Alessandra Tarantino]

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a general feeling that the world is at an historical turning point, that nothing will ever be the same again.

The realists ponder and the (neo)liberals bemoan the comeback of the strong state, the rise of nationalism, the ascendance of China at the expense of America, as well as the failure of global governance, the retreat of globalisation, and increasing divisions within “united Europe”.

Indeed, as the coronavirus wreaks havoc across the world, national and local governments have taken a charge in directing the fight against a pandemic, which is by definition global and would necessitate global action – one would imagine.

People are rallying around their governments as

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Europe coronavirus death toll crosses 100,000: Live updates

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Turkey has reported 82,329 confirmed coronavirus cases, overtaking neighbouring Iran for the first time to register the highest number of infections in the Middle East.

Iran partially reopened its capital, Tehran, allowing “low-risk businesses”, including shops, factories and warehouses to resume operations. But Algeria, Morocco, Croatia and Spain extended lockdowns, while Uzbekistan prolonged social distancing measures.

Nigerian president’s chief of staff died from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus. Abba Kyari’s was the highest-profile death in the West African country.

In the United States, New York reported the lowest daily death toll in more than two weeks with Governor Andrew Cuomo expressing hope the hard-hit state may now be “past the plateau”. In Washington state, Governor Jay Inslee accused President Donald Trump of “fomenting domestic rebellion and spreading lies” after the latter encouraged protests against Democratic governors who have imposed virus-related restrictions.

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UK coronavirus death toll exceeds 15,000: Live updates

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The number of deaths linked to the novel coronavirus has hit passed 156,000 worldwide, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. The number of US deaths is around 37,000.

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has accused US President Donald Trump of “fomenting domestic rebellion and spreading lies” after the latter urged supporters to “LIBERATE” three states led by Democratic governors.

Britain’s health ministry has said that hospital death toll from COVID-19 in the country rose by 888 to 15,464 as of 16:00 GMT on April 17.

Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti has said Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr prayers could take place at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Saturday, April 18 16:15 GMT – Nigerian president’s chief of staff dies from coronavirus

The Nigerian president’s chief of staff died on Friday from COVID-19, the presidency said, making him the most high

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Remembering the first woman to fly solo around the world

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Jerrie Mock before taking off from Wake Island, for her round-the-world flight [Photo courtesy of Rita Mock-Pike]

Fifty-six-years ago today, a woman from Ohio became the first woman to fly solo around the world.

No, you are not doing the maths wrong. I am not talking about that other, much more famous, female American aviator. I am talking about Jerrie Mock, private pilot, housewife – and my grandmother.

When she left for her round-the-world adventure, she was dubbed The Flying Housewife by the media.

She was a 38-year-old mother of three who had wanted to fly around the world since she was a little girl.

When she and her husband, Russell, discovered that no other woman had done it yet, they immediately started the process of filing the paperwork to officially seek the world record.

Jerrie and husband, Russel, in the cockpit, pre-round-the-world flight [Photo

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Ramadan prayers in Saudi to be held at home: Live Updates

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Saudi Arabia has announced Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr prayers will take place at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Chinese city of Wuhan has raised its number of coronavirus fatalities by 1,290 to 3,869, most of China’s total. That brings the total fatalities nationwide to at least 4,642. The number of people who have caught the disease, also known as COVID-19, has now reached 2,152,000 worldwide, with nearly 145,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

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Friday, April 17 14:15 GMT – Almost half of French aircraft carrier crew test positive for coronavirus 

Roughly half of the 2,300-strong crew aboard France’s sole aircraft carrier test positive for the coronavirus, the Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said. 

Parly told lawmakers that of the 2,010 test carried out, 1,081 came out as positive. She added that 545 sailors had shown symptoms and 24 were in hospital.

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Trump's attacks on media 'dangerously' undermine the truth: CPJ

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US President Donald Trump answering questions during the daily coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, the United States [File: Leah Millis/Reuters]

Washington, DC – In disparaging tweets and antagonistic responses to journalists’ questions, United States President Donald Trump has been habitually attacking the news media, branding their reports as “fake news” and the “enemy of the people”, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Thursday. 

A new report by the leading rights organisation says Trump’s rhetoric, which has become all too familiar since he took office, has been amplified during the coronavirus crisis in the US – a pandemic that health experts say the Trump administration initially downplayed and was slow to address.

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The report, titled The Trump Administration and the Media, outlines a lengthy list of actions by Trump and his administration in which he repeatedly denigrated media

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Coronavirus to bring Asia's growth to a standstill: Live updates

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The total number of coronavirus cases in the world has surpassed two million and more than 137,000 people have died, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University.

US President Donald Trump is set to announce guidelines on reopening the county’s economy on Thursday. Germany has announced first steps to ease its lockdown.  

The head of the World Health Organization has said he regrets Trump’s decision to halt funding for the organisation but called for world unity to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the global economy is expected to shrink by 3 percent this year – the biggest contraction since the Great Depression of the 1930s. G20 nations agreed to suspend debt payments owed to them by the world’s poorest countries.

Here are the latest updates:

Thursday, April 16 08:40 GMT – UK street Artist

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China continues South China Sea military action despite COVID-19

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Despite the continuing coronavirus pandemic, China has not slowed its military and research activities in disputed areas of the South China Sea. Now, in an unusual move, the Philippines is getting involved.

Al Jazeera’s Barnaby Lo has more from Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

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China-Thailand coronavirus social media war escalates

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Images on social media platform Weibo in January showed medical staff attending to patients in Wuhan, China [Reuters]

Social media anger from Chinese nationalists over a Thai model’s coronavirus comments sparked a war of words on social media, uniting pro-democracy campaigners against pro-Beijing cyber-warriors.

The quarrel, which has seen Southeast Asian netizens join forces with those in Taiwan and Hong Kong, has highlighted old tensions between China and its smaller neighbours fanned by the emergence of the new coronavirus.

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Political analysts and activists said the online row, which started at the weekend, was unique in volume and regional spread at a time when more daily life has been forced online.

“This is the first transnational geopolitical Twitter war Thais have engaged in,” said Prajak Kongkirati of Bangkok’s Thammasat University.

“We see people questioning China’s actions and influence … The celebrity issue is the tip of the iceberg.”

Furious

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More than 1.9 million confirmed with coronavirus: Live updates

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More than two million people around the world have now been confirmed to have the coronavirus. Some countries have introduced drive through testing [Nathalia Aguilar/EPA]

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

A summary of the latest developments:

Some 1.92 million people around the world have now been confirmed to have the new coronavirus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 119,500 have died, while nearly 450,000 have recovered. 

The WHO is due to release its latest strategic advice on tackling the outbreak. It will include six criteria for lifting restrictions on movement.

More than 10,000 people have now died from coronavirus in New York state.

Russia recorded 2,558 new confirmed cases on Monday – its highest daily increase.

Here are the latest updates.

Tuesday, April 14 02:55 GMT – Philippines militaristic approach to

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Poverty punished as Philippines gets tough in virus pandemic

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In the lockdown across the Philippines, the poor risk arrest as they try to find food [Eloisa Lopez/Reuters]

Manila, Philippines – On the day her husband was arrested, Bernadeth Caboboy had 200 Philippine pesos (about $4) in her pocket and her fidgety three-year-old daughter in her arms. The toddler needed milk and they needed food, but had no money to buy either.

It had been three weeks since the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 was declared, and 21 long days since operations at the construction site where her husband worked had stopped.

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Their neighbourhood of San Roque in Quezon City, the country’s largest metropolis, got neither food nor aid from the government. Caboboy’s husband, Jek-Jek, decided to meet his foreman to see if he could get his salary.

When Jek-Jek went out, he was swept up in a throng of people who were waiting for the rumoured distribution

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Bahrain's Gulf Air to repatriate stranded citizens from Iran

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Many Bahrainis go to Iran to visit Shia holy cities such as Mashhad and Qom, where the coronavirus outbreak in Iran began [File: Regis Duvignau/Reuters]

Gulf Air, Bahrain’s state-owned national carrier, has begun flying to Iran to repatriate Bahrainis stranded there amid the coronavirus pandemic, the airline has said in a statement.

More than a thousand Bahrainis, most of them pilgrims visiting Shia Muslim religious sites, have been stranded for more than two months in the Islamic republic, which is the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East. 

“Gulf Air has begun operating direct flights to Iran to expedite the safe return of citizens,” the airline said on Monday.

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There have been no direct flights since January 2016 between Bahrain and Iran, which have no diplomatic ties and long-standing differences. Manama alleges Tehran has stoked unrest in the island state, a charge Iran denies.

Bahrain,

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Philippines Easter celebrations: Catholics mark holy week

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Catholics in the Philippines have marked the holy week behind closed doors after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Virtual masses have been held online, but some Filipino priests say they are finding other ways to conduct their services.

Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports from the capital, Manila.

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