The global death toll has now passed 21,000 and the number of confirmed infections worldwide is more than 467,557. But more than 110,000 people have now recovered. A quarter of the world’s population is living under some form of lockdown. That figure surged when India – the world’s second most populous country – imposed a strict lockdown on its 1.3 billion citizens. Southern Europe remains at the epicentre of the pandemic. Spain’s death toll has surpassed that in China, where the virus originated, and Italy reported another 683 deaths. Spain’s coronavirus death toll jumped by 738 overnight to exceed that of China, where the disease originated, as the country struggled to cope with an accelerating health crisis and another senior government minister was diagnosed with the virus. With 3,647 fatalities, Spain now has the second highest number of deaths globally after Italy’s 7,035. New York State is at the centre of the crisis there, but its governor says social distancing measures appear to be working. In the UK, more than 500,000 people have signed up to volunteer with the National Health Service to help vulnerable people. The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK now stands at 465 with more than 8,000 confirmed cases.
The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus, Clarence House has announced. Prince Charles, 71, is displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”, a spokesman said, adding that the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, has been tested but does not have the virus. Charles and Camilla are now self-isolating at Balmoral. Buckingham Palace said the Queen last saw her son, the heir to the throne, on 12 March, but was “in good health”. The palace added that the Duke of Edinburgh was not present at that meeting, and that the Queen was now “following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has postponed a vote on constitutional change that would allow him to stay in power, because of coronavirus concerns. He said the public vote – previously due to be held on 22 April – would be delayed until a “later date”. The proposed changes include scrapping a ban on allowing Mr Putin to run for office again. The changes have already been approved by parliament and Russia’s constitutional court. They would give Mr Putin – who is serving his fourth presidential term and has dominated Russian politics for two decades – the right to serve two more consecutive terms.