On Friday evening, the Belgian National Security Council (NSC) decided to extend by two weeks, until 19 April, the stringent measures previously taken to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. The situation will be monitored closely and this deadline could be prolonged for two weeks more, until 3 May.
The Italian Civil protection agency said Friday that 9,134 people have died with the coronavirus in Italy, 969 up on the number given on Thursday.It is the highest daily rise in deaths anywhere in the world since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, although around 50 of the deaths were cases carried over after not being included in Thursday's data, ANSA reported.
Poland on Friday introduced new measures by closing its borders to thousands of cross-border workers, news wires reported. The measures are in force by now until 11 April and require cross-border workers to stay on one side of the border. Except for truck and trains carrying goods, anyone crossing into Poland for that period will be put on 14-day quarantine.
A spike in coronavirus cases will put France under huge pressure in coming days, its prime minister said on Friday, after reporting its biggest daily death toll and officials fearing hospitals in and around Paris could be saturated in 48 hours.
Coronavirus infections in Italy have not reached their peak, the head of the country’s national health institute Silvio Brusaferro said during a briefing on Friday - a day after more than 6,150 people tested positive and 712 died in single 24-hour period. At the moment it is also not possible to give an estimate of the number of asymptomatic people in Italy, who despite having coronavirus infection do not have symptoms or have very mild symptoms, he warned.
French health chiefs reported on Thursday evening that the government vowed to ramp up testing as more than 350 people died in the country from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, including a 16-year-old girl. France's Director General of Health Jerome Salomon said the country will dramatically step up its testing programme for coronavirus from next week, AFP reported.
Slovakia aims to sharply increase daily coronavirus testing in the next few weeks as the new government seeks to put a clamp on the coronavirus outbreak, news wires reported. PM Igor Matovic (pictured), whose team took office few days ago, said the government would seek in coming days to double testing capacity to as many as 4,000 daily.
After four days going down, the curve of coronavirus infection Italy started rising again Thursday, with 4,492 more people positive for COVID-19 than Wednesday, ANSA reported, citing the data from civil protection department
Spain extended its coronavirus lockdown on Thursday to at least 12 April as Europe’s second-worst hit country fought “a real war” procuring medical supplies in an overheated Chinese market that officials said was rife with fraud and speculative deals. “We are in a real war to get hold of ventilators, facemasks and quick test kits,” government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero told Telecinco television.