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Spain's daily coronavirus death toll rises slightly; UK says it's too risky to lift lockdown yet

Key Points
  • Singapore on Monday preliminarily confirmed 799 new cases of the coronavirus, the country's health ministry said.
  • That takes the total number of infected people in the country to 14,423.
  • Total number of coronavirus infection cases around the world was more than 2.96 million and at least 206,265 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 
  • The United States has the most number of reported infections, with more than 963,379 cases in the country and over 54,800 deaths, Hopkins data showed. 

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  • Global cases: More than 2.9 million
  • Global deaths: At least 206,265
  • Most cases reported: United States (963,379), Spain (226,629), Italy (197,675), France (162,220), and Germany (157,495). 

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of 7:09 a.m. Beijing time. 

All times below are in Beijing time.

6:57 pm: Here's a snapshot of the pace and spread of the coronavirus:

6:44 pm: VW restarts production at its largest car factory in Germany

VW has restarted production at its largest factory in Wolfsburg in Germany on Monday.

Production will start at 10 to 15% of capacity, VW said in a statement, increasing to around 40% the following week. The first vehicle to be produced will be the Golf model and the company said "maximum health protection" has been implemented to protect employees.

Ralf Brandstatter, chief operating officer of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said in the VW statement that "step-by-step resumption of production is an important signal for the workforce, dealerships, suppliers and the wider economy." — Holly Ellyatt

6:20 pm: Coronavirus dulls the Netherlands' annual Kings Day celebrations

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands has urged the public to stay at home on Monday to celebrate the annual 'King's Day' celebrations, which celebrate the monarch's birthday, instead of the usual massive street festivities.

"This promises to be a unique King's Day, and mainly because I hope it will be the last King's Day-at-home ever. Try to make the best of it," the king said in a live TV broadcast to the public, Reuters reported.

King's Day normally attracts millions of people to street parties and music festivals in Amsterdam and throughout the country, but the coronavirus has forced the Dutch to stay at home due to lockdown measures. — Holly Ellyatt

5:51 pm: China denies spreading coronavirus disinformation following EU report

China's foreign ministry has denied claims that Beijing is spreading disinformation about the coronavirus.

"China is opposed to the creation and spreading of disinformation by anyone or any organisation. China is a victim of disinformation, not an initiator," said foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a regular press briefing on Monday, Reuters reported.

The denial comes after an EU report last week there was evidence that state-backed governments, including China and Russia, were responsible for spreading disinformation on the virus. — Holly Ellyatt

5:10 pm: Spain's daily coronavirus death toll rises slightly

The number of daily deaths in Spain caused by the coronavirus was 331 on Monday, up from 288 the previous day, the country's health ministry said.

The total number of deaths has reached 23,521 and the total number of cases in Spain now stands at 209,465, with 1831 new cases added in the last 24 hours. — Holly Ellyatt

5:00 pm: Indonesia reports 214 new coronavirus infections, 22 more deaths

The number of reported cases in Indonesia has risen by 214 to 9,096, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said on Monday, Reuters reported. The total number of deaths has risen by 22 to 765. — Holly Ellyatt

4:45 pm: UK's Boris Johnson warns 'this is the moment of maximum risk' as government plans exit strategy

The U.K.'s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there would be no quick lifting of restrictions in the country, as he made his first public statement since returning to work after recovering from a coronavirus infection.

"We are passing through the peak," Johnson said "We are on the brink of achieving that first great mission, to prevent our National Health Service (NHS) from being overwhelmed," he said, adding that the country was "beginning to turn the tide" against the outbreak.

While he said he recognized the urgency of lifting lockdown measures as soon as possible, he warned that "this is the moment of maximum risk" as he asked the public to contain their "impatience" with regards to the lockdown. — Holly Ellyatt

Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street, London, as he resumes working after spending two weeks recovering from Covid-19.
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4:20 pm: Nearly 200 new cases and 10 additional deaths in the Philippines

The Philippines reported 198 new coronavirus cases on Monday, taking the total number of infected people to 7,777, according to the country's Department of Health.

There were 10 deaths, taking the toll to 511.

Last week, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte extended a lockdown in the capital of Manila until May 15. — Huileng Tan

4:05 pm: Russia reports 6,198 new cases; total surpasses China's

Russia on Monday reported 6,198 new cases of the coronavirus, according to Reuters.

This takes the total number of infected people to 87,147 — surpassing China's tally of 82,830 on Monday.

Russia's coronavirus crisis response center also said that 50 deaths of coronavirus patients were confirmed in the last 24 hours, Reuters reported. — Huileng Tan

4 pm: Countries need to stay vigilant ahead of fall flu season, expert says

All countries need to be on guard in the fight against Covid-19 before the fall flu season, according to Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

As the flu picks up in the northern hemisphere in the fall months, there would also be the "complication" of other respiratory viruses circulating, he explained. That would also add to fears that the coronavirus may be more easily transmitted during the winter.

"It was only really the social distancing that was putting a lid on the virus, so if people relax too much, you could expect to see a wave well before the fall," Sharfstein told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia" on Monday.

He also said there is fear that people with the flu would be in the hospitals at the same time as coronavirus patients, which would be a "double tax" on health-care systems. — Audrey Cher

3:10 pm: Singapore preliminarily confirms 799 new cases 

Singapore on Monday preliminarily confirmed 799 new cases of the coronavirus, the country's health ministry said.

That takes the total number of infected people in the country to 14,423.

Most of the new cases have been linked to infection clusters in dormitories that house foreign workers, who are typically men from other Asian countries, carrying out labor-intensive jobs to support their families back home. — Huileng Tan

2:05 pm: How various airlines are handling elite miles and status extensions during the pandemic

As air travel demand tanks due to border controls and movement restrictions, airlines are making moves to protect their loyal frequent fliers.

Measures include lowering the requirements to re-qualify for elite status, awarding bonus points and status extensions.

But there are definite winners and losers in the 2020 mileage game. The fine print for each decision varies and, in some cases, is painstakingly long. Some airlines are also revising their status announcements weeks later.  — Monica Buchanan Pitrelli

Passengers of the first repatriation flight from Casablanca walk at the Schipol airport following their arrival at Schiphol airport, on April 27, 2020.
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2 pm: Thailand reports nine new cases, one death

Thailand on Monday reported nine new cases of the coronavirus and one death, Reuters reported citing Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

It was the first time there were no new local transmissions reported in Bangkok since the outbreak in January, Taweesin added.

The Southeast Asian country has so far reported a total of 2,931 cases and 52 fatalities. — Huileng Tan

12:30 pm: Japan, Singapore could be the worst-hit Asian economies due to the pandemic: Moody's

Within Asia, the Japanese and Singaporean economies could struggle the most in the coronavirus pandemic, an economist from Moody's Analytics said on Monday.

Both economies were already weak before the outbreak worsened over the past month — and stricter lockdown measures imposed to contain the virus spread will likely exacerbate their respective economic troubles, said Steve Cochrane, the firm's chief Asia Pacific economist.

Latest official data in Japan showed the economy shrinking by 6.3% year over year in the three months to December, while preliminary estimates in Singapore indicated that the economy contracted by 2.2% in the quarter that ended in March. — Yen Nee Lee

12:20 pm: Germany reports 1,018 new cases, 110 deaths

Germany reported 1,018 new cases of the the coronavirus on Monday, taking the total number of infected people to 155,193, according to the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases.

There were 110 deaths, taking the toll to 5,750, the institute added.

Last Monday, Germany allowed smaller retailers of under 800 square meters to re-open, as long as they abided by social distancing and hygiene measures. Larger businesses, such as car dealerships, bike and book shops were also allowed to re-open. — Huileng Tan

11:45 pm: India's income tax department dismisses proposal for a coronavirus tax on the super rich

A group of 50 Indian Revenue Service officers has recommended taxing the super rich as part of the government's efforts to deal with the economic crisis brought about by the global pandemic.

They recommended raising the highest tax rate to 40% for people earning above 10 million rupees ($131,083.10) in a year or a wealth tax for those with a net worth of 50 million rupees or more. The recommendations were made in a paper that was sent to the Central Board of Direct Taxes.

The Income Tax Department later said on Twitter that the central board never asked those officers to prepare such a report and that the contents of the paper did not "reflect the official views of CBDT/MInistry of Finance in any manner."

India is currently in an extended period of lockdown till May 3. — Saheli Roy Choudhury

10 am: Osaka to name and shame pachinko parlors defying lockdown

Japan's Osaka Prefecture will name and shame more pachinko parlor gambling outlets that are defying lockdown requests aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, Reuters reported. 

Three out of six locations identified on Friday subsequently closed, the news agency said. Pachinko parlors are arcade-style outlets where players can win money depending on the games' outcome.

Women wearing preventive masks as a precaution against the spread of Coronavirus play pachinko.
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"A lot of places have closed down after we named the six last week. We are now conducting a survey of pachinko parlours and will announce the results accordingly," a spokesman for Osaka Prefecture said, according to Reuters. — Saheli Roy Choudhury

9:30 am: China reports 3 new cases, no additional deaths

China's National Health Commission said there were 3 new cases of infection, two of which were attributed to travelers from overseas. No new deaths were registered, the same as yesterday. There were 25 asymptomatic cases.

Cumulative confirmed cases in mainland China totaled 82,830 and 4,633 people have died. Beijing city added a new death but it wasn't clear when the person had died. 

On April 17, the cumulative death toll rose substantially after an investigation in the city of Wuhan, where the outbreak was first reported, added 1,290 deaths. — Evelyn Cheng, Saheli Roy Choudhury

8:40 am: Australia reports 10 new cases, New Zealand set to ease restrictions 

Australia's health ministry said as of 6 a.m. local time on April 27, there were 10 new cases from the day before, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 6,713. More than 5,500 people are said to have recovered from Covid-19 while 83 have died. 

A commuter sits on a tram bench in Melbourne next to a screen displaying an Australian government directive regarding social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak.
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New Zealand's daily reported cases have remained relatively low, with four new confirmed cases and five probable cases reported on April 26. The combined total of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand is 1,470, according to its health ministry

New Zealand is set to ease its restriction level from alert 4 to alert 3 starting Tuesday, which would allow most businesses to start to open but they must take health measures to keep their workers safe. — Saheli Roy Choudhury

8:29 am: Tesla asks employees to resume production at Fremont car plant despite coronavirus health orders 

Tesla managers asked dozens of employees to return to work on April 29 to resume production at the company's Fremont, California car plant, according to internal correspondence shared with CNBC.

The plant was supposed to suspend vehicle production March 19 to prevent the spread of Covid-19. But the company resisted, and kept producing cars through the end of March 23. 

Local health orders limit the carmaker to "minimum basic operations" until end-of-day May 3 at least, according to Sgt. Ray Kelly, a public information officer with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. — Lora Kolodny

8:08 am: How Italy's economic heartland became ground zero to the deadliest coronavirus outbreak in Europe

Italy was the first Western nation to be slammed by the virus outbreak and its reported number of fatalities lags behind only the United States in the global death toll, the Associated Press reported.

Its first case was reported on Feb. 21 when global health officials still thought the virus was containable, the news agency added. 

There is evidence that demographics and health-care deficiencies collided with political and business interests to expose the 10 million people in the northern Italian region of Lombardy in ways not seen anywhere else — particularly the most vulnerable in nursing homes, according to the AP. — Saheli Roy Choudhury

7:24 am: Singapore reports 931 additional cases of infection

Singapore reported 931 new cases of Covid-19 as of noon local time on Sunday.

Most of the new cases were linked to infection clusters in dormitories that house foreign workers, who are typically men from other Asian countries, carrying out labor-intensive jobs to support their families back home.

A clinic staff in protective gear disinfects a chair at a waiting area outside the clinic on April 25, 2020 in Singapore.
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Health ministry data showed more than 11,400 workers residing in these dormitories tested positive for the infection so far. 

The city-state now has at least 13,624 confirmed cases to-date. Most of the patients are said to be in isolation facilities while just over 1,300 people are still hospitalized, and 12 people have died so far. — Saheli Roy Choudhury

7:09 am: Global cases over 2.96 million, death toll above 200,000

Total number of coronavirus cases globally was more than 2.96 million and at least 206,265 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The virus outbreak was first reported in China's Hubei province late last year and has since spread rapidly around the world.

The United States has the most number of reported infections, with more than 963,300 cases in the country and over 54,800 deaths, Hopkins data showed. 

Spain reported more than 226,600 cases; Italy, France, and Germany reported at least 157,000 cases each. In the United Kingdom, cases climbed to over 154,000, according to Hopkins — more than 20,700 people there have died. — Saheli Roy Choudhury

All times below are in Eastern time.

4:20 pm:  Birx says US needs a 'breakthrough' on antigen testing to aid in reopening 

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, told NBC News' "Meet the Press" Sunday that while the coronavirus trends give her "great hope" for slow reopenings over the next few months, many of the social distancing measures that have upended American life will be a constant fixture through the summer.

And, while President Donald Trump and many governors press to re-open the economy, Birx said the U.S. needs a "breakthrough" on coronavirus testing to help screen Americans and get a more accurate picture of the virus' spread.

Birx said the task force intends to continue working with states to scale up testing for those sick with the virus. "At the same time," she added, "we have to realize that we have to have a breakthrough innovation in testing" for those who have already had the virus but had either mild or no symptoms. — NBC News

1:30 pm: New York plans to phase re-opening after regional hospitalization rates have been in decline for 14 days

New York will eventually re-open in phases once the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says state and regional hospitalization rates have been in decline for 14 days, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday.

Phase one of the reopening will involve construction and manufacturing. In phase two, businesses will need to design plans for re-opening, including having personal protective equipment and imposing social distancing.

People pick up food the Food Bank at the New York City mobile food pantry on the Barclays Center plaza on April 24, 2020 in the Brooklyn, New York.
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"We're going to reopen in phases ... look at the regional analysis, make a determination and then monitor whatever you do," Cuomo said at a press briefing.

Cuomo said a re-opening plan must not attract visitors from other regions or states. — Emma Newburger

Read CNBC's coverage from the U.S. overnight: Dr. Birx says US needs a 'breakthrough' on testing to aid re-opening