DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
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* The United Kingdom’s COVID-19 death toll is probably higher than 27,241, making it one of the worst-hit countries in Europe, opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said.
* Death toll in France rose by 427 to 24,087.
* Spain recorded 325 deaths overnight, while fatalities in Italy climbed by 323.
* Germany’s tally jumped by 1,478 to 159,119, and fatalities rose by 173 to 6,288.
* More than 1.04 million people have been infected in the United States and 60,772 have died, according to a Reuters tally as of 0200 GMT on Thursday.
* The Trump administration is planning to speed up the development of a coronavirus vaccine with the goal of having 100 million doses ready by the end of 2020.
* The top U.S. infectious disease official said Gilead Sciences Inc’s experimental antiviral drug remdesivir will become the standard of care for COVID-19 after early clinical trial results showed it helped patients recover more quickly.
* Florida would permit a limited economic reopening next week while leaving restraints intact for the greater Miami area.
* Total cases in Brazil soared to 78,162, with 449 deaths in the last 24 hours.
* About two dozen migrants deported from the United States to Colombia last month have tested positive.
* Mexico reported 1,047 new cases and 163 additional fatalities.
* Bolivia will extend its lockdown until May 10.
* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved $650 million in emergency financial assistance for the Dominican Republic.
* Confirmed cases in Panama reached 6,378, and the death toll climbed to 178.
* China reported four new cases for April 29 and cancelled the 2020 Boao Forum for Asia.
* South Korea reported no new domestic cases. The national tally stood at 10,765, while the death toll rose by one to 247.
* Thailand reported seven new cases but no new deaths.
* Japan’s parliament is set to approve a $241 billion supplementary budget to fund a record stimulus package.
* Yemen reported its first two deaths.
* An outbreak in Australian state of Tasmania likely originated from the Ruby Princess cruise ship, a government report published concluded.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
* Iran’s fatalities increased by 80.
* Tanzania had 480 cases, a 69% jump from five days ago, and 16 deaths. The latest update came after four days of silence from officials.
* Asian stocks rose to a fresh seven-week high, lifted by encouraging early results from a COVID-19 treatment trial, though bonds and currencies held cautious ranges ahead of a European Central Bank meeting later in the day.
* Federal Reserve chair said the U.S. economy could feel the weight of consumer fear and social distancing for a year or more.
* The British car industry faces losing output worth more than 8 billion pounds ($10 billion).
* Germany slashed its economic growth forecast for this year.
* New Zealand’s business sentiment fell in April, but the figures were slightly less bleak than a preliminary survey.
* Japan’s March factory output fell at the fastest pace in five months, retail sales dropped and crude steel output slid 12.5% in March from a year earlier.
* A sudden stop in tourism will cause a 6.2% contraction of the Caribbean economy in 2020, the IMF said.
* Palm oil exports from Malaysia plunged 41.7% during the first month of a partial lockdown.
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