Ambulance staff help a patient from an ambulance into The Royal London Hospital in east London on April 18. (Photo: AFP)
The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 275, 160 with the global confirmed cases reaching 3,954,246 as of 6 pm BJT on Saturday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Germany's federal intelligence agency doubts US allegations that COVID-19 "originated in a Chinese laboratory", saying the allegations were aimed at diverting attention from U.S. failure to contain the disease, US.
The US vice president's spokeswoman became the second White House staffer this week to test positive for the coronavirus, officials said Friday.
Britain plans to introduce a 14-day mandatory quarantine for most international arrivals, reports said Saturday, despite growing pressure on the government to relax virus lockdown measures.
Iran had 1,529 new infections of COVID-19 and 48 new deaths during the past 24 hours, Iran's health ministry spokesman said on Saturday.
The number of confirmed cases has risen to 106,220 with the number of deaths at 6,589.
India's federal health ministry Saturday morning reported 95 more deaths and 3,320 new COVID-19 cases since Friday in the country, taking the number of deaths to 1,981 and total cases to 59,662.
Brazil's death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 9,897 with 751 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the country's Ministry of Health said on Friday.
South Korea reported 18 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Saturday local time, raising the total number of infections to 10,840.