Russia’s coronavirus caseload jumps by about 1,000 over 24 hours Apr 07, 2020 0 373 12345 DPAMoscow Russia reported nearly 1,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, its largest jump since the pandemic began, as regions throughout the country maintain lockdown quarantine measures.The reported cases rose by 11 per cent, or 954, to 6,343, according to official figures. There have been at least 47 deaths linked with the virus in the country.Russian President Vladimir Putin has advised the public to stay home for the rest of the month and only go outside when absolutely necessary.“We have not yet passed the peak of the epidemic in the world and in our country,” Putin said in a nationally televised speech last week.Most of the country’s regions have imposed lockdown quarantine measures, following the lead of Moscow, which has the most recorded cases.Putin until recently had been cultivating an image of being at the forefront of efforts to combat the crisis, including donning a hazmat suit to personally visit patients at Moscow’s Kommunarka hospital.Putin is now working remotely, his spokesman said last week. A top doctor at that hospital, Denis Protsenko, with whom Putin had shaken hands during the visit, has tested positive for the virus. Last week another facility specializing in treating the coronavirus opened at Moscow’s Pirogov hospital as the case count in Russia’s largest city continues to rise.The Pirogov Centre has an initial capacity for 250 coronavirus patients, general director Oleg Karpov said.“We understand that in fulfilling the main task our employees are at great risk,” Karpov told dpa on Monday.Medical staff are being given drugs to strengthen their immune system as a prophylactic measure, he said.Staff members are to be tested for the virus several times a week and provided living quarters at the facility to minimize the potential for spreading the disease.The staff have undergone an intense training programme to prepare for working within the necessary protective gear, Karpov said, as such gear can “complicate and limit” the work that can be performed. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India virus deaths top 100, with highest single-day toll at 32 Apr 07, 2020 0 323 Philippines halts deployment of health-care workers abroad Apr 07, 2020 0 365 Mumbai hospital shut after surge in cases among staff Apr 07, 2020 0 126 Thailand extends international passenger flight ban until April 18 Bangkok Thailand’s aviation body has extended a ban on all incoming international passenger flights until April 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ban on international passenger flights to Thailand is extended .. South Korea reports lowest coronavirus increase since February Seoul The number of daily new coronavirus infections in South Korea dropped below 50 for the first time since late February, health authorities said on Monday, with 47 new cases recorded on the previous day. That number .. At least 25 Indonesian doctors die of COVID-19, association says Jakarta At least 25 Indonesian doctors have died after contracting the new coronavirus, the country’s medical association said Monday, raising alarm about the toll the disease is taking on health workers. “At least 19 .. Virus-stricken cruise ship docks near Sydney AFP Port Kembla, Australia A cruise ship that has accounted for a quarter of all COVID-19 deaths in Australia was allowed to dock near Sydney on Monday after 200 crew members began exhibiting coronavirus symptoms. The .. NZ coronavirus cases rise by 67 DPA Wellington New Zealand on Monday reported 67 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number to 1106. At a news conference, New Zealand’s Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said 176 patients .. Japan’s Abe to declare state of emergency over virus surge DPA Tokyo Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to declare a state of emergency over the spread of the new coronavirus, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported on Monday citing a government official. The declaration will .. Doctors demanding virus safety equipment arrested in Pakistan AFP Quetta, Pakistan More than 50 doctors protesting the lack of safety equipment as they battle the coronavirus were arrested Monday in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police and physicians said. The ..