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Coronavirus live updates: Global deaths pass 60,000



Ambulances line the street outside Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, New York on April 4. Mary Altaffer/AP

A grim day in the US: At least 1,324 coronavirus-related fatalities were reported in the United States on Saturday, making it the country’s deadliest day in this pandemic. More than 305,820 cases have been recorded nationwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

President Trump said this week and next will likely be the toughest in the fight against coronavirus. “There will be a lot of death, unfortunately,” he said.

More die in Spain, but positive signs emerge: At least 809 people died of Covid-19 on Saturday, bringing the total there to 11,744 deaths. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the country will extend the nationwide “state of alarm” until April 26.

“We are facing the great crisis of our lives,” he said.

More than 126,000 have been infected, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The Spanish Health Ministry said that 34,219 people have now recovered from the virus — nearly 4,000 more than the number reported Friday. While the number of active cases continues to rise, the rate of increase is slowing.

Bracing for the worst in the UK: The national medical director for England’s National Health Service, Stephen Powis, said Saturday that the high number of coronavirus-related deaths across the United Kingdom is “likely to continue” over the next two weeks.

More than 700 coronavirus-related deaths were reported Saturday, the UK’s largest one-day rise since the outbreak began. According to figures released by the Department of Health and Social Care, 4,313 have now died in the UK.

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