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A temporary hospital at the Ifema convention and exhibition centre in Madrid

A temporary hospital at the Ifema convention and exhibition centre in Madrid

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Doctors fistpump in Bergamo

Doctors fistpump in Bergamo

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A deserted Cape Town

A deserted Cape Town

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Passengers observe social distancing at the departure terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok

Passengers observe social distancing at the departure terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok

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A Palestinian youth dressed as a clown and wearing protective gloves and mask puts on a show in the southern Gaza Strip

A Palestinian youth dressed as a clown and wearing protective gloves and mask puts on a show in the southern Gaza Strip

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Crowded streets in Dharavi in India

Crowded streets in Dharavi in India

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A temporary hospital at the Ifema convention and exhibition centre in Madrid

The coronavirus pandemic has infected more than one million people worldwide and over 53,000 deaths have been recorded.

Here is the latest on the situation from around the world:

ISRAEL: Israel is working with foreign governments and Orthodox Christian leaders in the Holy Land to make sure that one of their most ancient and mysterious rituals - the Holy Fire ceremony - is not extinguished by the coronavirus outbreak.

MEXICO: Social distancing measures and calls for Mexicans to remain in their homes have not produced a drop in violent crime, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said. There had been hope that the measures implemented in late March to slow the spread of Covid-19 would lead to a significant decrease in criminality but the president said that has not been seen.

CZECH REPUBLIC: A car industry organisation said the country has suffered the biggest drop in car buying in history as new registrations fell by 36% in March compared with the same month a year ago. The only option to purchase a new car is on the internet since the government launched numerous restrictions in the middle of March.

THAILAND: The government has banned all public gatherings to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The order prohibits people from public gatherings, carrying out activities, or gathering for unlawful purposes in a manner that risks spreading the coronavirus.

It also bans any act that aggravates people's suffering and pranks to spread the virus. That is an apparent reference to anti-social actions such as spreading saliva on elevator buttons.

KENYA: Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist was among those detained in Iten, one of Kenya's famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train.

SINGAPORE: Singapore is to close schools and most workplaces for a month, as it moves to curb the increase in transmissions. The country has seen a spike in cases over the last two weeks, and has routinely reported more than 50 new cases daily. As of Thursday, Singapore had 1,049 cases and five deaths.

FRANCE: France's prime minister said he and his government colleagues are "fighting hour by hour" to ward off shortages of essential drugs used to keep Covid-19 patients alive in intensive care. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that worldwide usage of essential drugs and disposable equipment, such as ventilator mouthpieces, used by intensive care units is "exploding in unimaginable proportions", with a "nearly 2,000% increase" in demand "because it is happening everywhere in the world and at the same time".

INDIA: To bolster morale and spirit, India's prime minister has urged the country's 1.3 billion people to switch off the lights in their home for nine minutes on Sunday night and light candles.

SOUTH KOREA: South Korea said more than 27,000 people are under self-quarantine in the country after it strengthened border controls to slow coronavirus infections linked to international arrivals.

Belfast Telegraph