Coronavirus live news: global deaths pass 95,000 as Easter begins under lockdown

By Alexandra Topping (now) and Helen Sullivan (earlier)

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Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

If, like me, you have been confined to your home, glued to the news and nursing ever greater anxiety about the state of the world, you have probably become familiar with the sight of the World HealthOrganization’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and his daily press briefings. Tedros, as he is known, is a calming presence in the midst of the crisis. Flanked by an international cast of scientists, he always seems confident that if we have hope, listen to the experts and pull together, we will get through this.

Watching this reassuring spectacle, it is possible to imagine a world in which every nation respects the WHO’s authority, follows its advice and lets it coordinate the flow of information, resources and medical equipment across national boundaries to areas of greatest need.

That is not the world we live in.

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More on South Korea’s cases now, which have fallen below 30 for the first time since late February. There were also new cases in the city of Daegu, until recently the epicentre of the country’s outbreak, according to the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

Applicants take written examination during a recruitment test for Ansan Urban Corporation at the Wa stadium in Ansan, South Korea, Saturday, 4 April 2020.

Applicants take written examination during a recruitment test for Ansan Urban Corporation at the Wa stadium in Ansan, South Korea, Saturday, 4 April 2020. Photograph: Hong Ki-won/AP

The KCDC reported 27 new cases on Friday, the ninth day in a row the number has stayed below 100.Despite the encouraging figures, health authorities say they are still on high alert over cluster infections at churches and hospitals, as well as those linked to overseas travel, the Yonhap news agency said.

The vice health minister, Kim Ganglip, urged people to continue practicing social distancing over the Easter weekend and in the run-up to next week’s national assembly elections.

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