COVID-19 cases surpass 1.1 mln globally
More than 1.1 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
There are 1,100,283 confirmed COVID-19 cases globally.
Some 58,929 people died after contracting the virus, while 226,669 recovered after treatment.
Since appearing in Wuhan, China, last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 181 countries and territories.
The U.S. is leading with the most confirmed infections at 277,965.
However, Italy has the most virus-related fatalities with 14,681, followed by Spain with 11,198 deaths.
COVID-19 cases surge in Arab countries
Health authorities in Morocco and Egypt confirmed new deaths from the novel coronavirus on April 4.
Moroccan reported 47 deaths as the number of patients sickened with the virus rose to 761.
With 26 patients recovering, it brought the total number healed to 57.
Egyptian officials announced 120 new cases added to the country's COVID-19 infections, raising the total to 985.
The number dead there rose to 66, with eight deaths.
Brazil, Mexico announce new COVID-19 numbers
Health authorities in Brazil and Mexico confirmed new deaths from the novel coronavirus on April 4.
Brazilian said 60 deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, bringing the number there to 359. The number of infections rose to 9,056.
Mexico announced its death toll was at 50 as 13 patients expired. And the number sick with the virus is 1,510.
Trudeau calls the US to stop on medical supplies ‘mistake’
It would be a “mistake” for the United States to stop masks badly needed by health care professionals from coming into Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on April 3.
Trudeau was reacting to the Trump administration order to 3M to stop exporting the essential supplies to Canada.
He noted that thousands of Canadian nurses cross the border from Windsor, Ontario into Detroit to work at American hospitals. Goods and services are a two-way street between Canada and the U.S.
“The U.S. also receives essential supplies and products and indeed health care professionals from Canada every single day,” Trudeau said. “It would be a mistake to create blockages or reduce the amount of back and forth.”
He said the two governments were in discussions on the ban.
The 3M company has misgivings about Trump’s order, which went into effect three hours after the president invoked the Defense Production Act which means America gets priority on essential materials. The order also forbade the export of respirators.
“The (Trump) Administration also requested that 3M cease exporting respirators that we currently manufacture in the United States to the Canadian and Latin American markets,” read a press release from the company.
“There are, however, significant humanitarian implications of ceasing respirator supplies to healthcare workers in Canada and Latin America, where we are a critical supplier of respirators.”
The company went on to warn that other countries might retaliate.
"Ceasing all export of respirators produced in the United States would likely cause other countries to retaliate and do the same, as some have already done.
If that were to occur, the net number of respirators being made available to the United States would actually decrease. That is the opposite of what we and the Administration, on behalf of the American people, both seek."
At his Friday press conference, Trudeau also announced the establishment of a $100 million fund for food banks. The government has also signed a contract with Amazon Canada to deliver essential medical supplies across the country.