The United States, citing the virus, vowed to issue visa penalties for countries that refuse to accept people it wants to deport. Moscow’s hospitals have been pushed to their limits.

Here’s what you need to know:


Global deaths cross 101,000, a devastating toll, as cases surge past 1.6 million.

More than 101,000 deaths and at least 1.6 million known infections have now been linked to the pandemic, according to data collected by The New York Times,

At least 177 countries have reported cases. The most recent was war-torn Yemen, which reported its first coronavirus case on Friday

Although some governments are considering easing restrictions, lockdowns are being extended across much of the world heading into the Easter weekend, and policing measures stepped up.

Here’s what else happened on Friday:

  • The death toll in the United States surpassed that of Spain, with almost 18,000 fatalities related to the virus reported by Friday afternoon, and the total caseload was approaching 500,000.
  • Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy said some commercial activities — including bookstores, children’s clothing shops and some forestry-related occupations — would be allowed to resume operations when the current restrictions expire on April 14. But he said that other lockdown measures would remain in place until May 3, including factory closures.
  • France reported over 13,000 deaths and over 100,000 test-confirmed cases, but the total number of patients in intensive care fell slightly for the second day in a row — a sign that the peak of its epidemic could be near.
  • Tokyo’s governor parted ways with Japan’s national government by requesting the closure of a range of businesses during a state of emergency declared this week.
  • Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, went into a partial lockdown amid fears that the country’s underfunded and understaffed health care system could easily be overwhelmed.
  • In Britain, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain has been moved out of intensive care, the authoritiesreported the country’s highest single-day death toll, 980, raising the total to almost 9,000.

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