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Cumulative global cases have reached 131,142,993, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The worldwide death toll has hit 2,850,449.

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Monday, April 5

1:00 p.m. In a grim milestone, India reports 103,558 cases for the past 24 hours, its highest-ever jump. Total cases in India now stand at 12.59 million. Deaths jumped by 478, to 165,101.

India’s daily COVID-19 cases take their largest-ever jump, soaring by 103,558, data from the health ministry shows, bringing the country’s total to 12.59 million. The 478 new deaths raise the country’s fatality count to 165,101.

11:50 a.m. Johnson & Johnson has filed its application for emergency use authorization of its single-shot vaccine in the Philippines, the country’s Food and Drug Administration chief says. J&J’s documents, submitted on Wednesday, are being evaluated, FDA Director General Rolando Enrique Domingo tells reporters. J&J is the seventh COVID-19 vaccine maker to seek approval in the Philippines.

11:00 a.m. South Korea reports 473 new cases, down from 543 a day ago and the first time in six days for the country to report fewer than 500 new cases. Total infections reach 105,752, with 1,748 deaths.

9:30 a.m. China reports 32 new cases for Sunday, up from 21 a day earlier and marking the highest daily total in more than two months. Of the new cases, 15 were local infections, all of which were reported in Yunnan Province where a new cluster was discovered near the border with Myanmar. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, stood at 18, matching the total from a day earlier.

8:50 a.m. El Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele says China will donate 150,000 Sinovac doses to the country, on top of the 2 million Sinovac jabs his government already purchased.” I received a letter from President Xi Jinping, where he informs me that he will donate 150,000 vaccines against COVID-19 to our country,” Bukele wrote on Twitter. El Salvador began its immunization campaign with the AstraZeneca vaccine in February. In 2018, El Salvador severed ties with Taiwan in a switch to Beijing.

4:10 a.m. The U.S. has administered more than 165 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines nationwide as of Sunday morning and distributed nearly 208 million, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The number of doses administrated increased by over 3 million from Saturday.

The agency says 106.2 million people have received at least one dose, while 61.4 million are fully vaccinated. The CDC tally includes two-dose inoculations from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech as well as Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine.

Sunday, April 4

9:11 p.m. India’s richest state, Maharashtra, imposes stringent COVID-19 restrictions starting Monday after a rapid rise in infections, a state minister says. The state will shut malls, cinema halls, bars and restaurants from Monday evening and impose a complete lockdown on weekends, Nawab Malik tells reporters after a cabinet meeting.

People walk or stand at a crowded beach amidst the spread of COVID-19 in Mumbai on April 4. Maharashtra, which includes Mumbai, is set to impose strict coronavirus measures. 

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2:06 p.m. Leicester City center back Caglar Soyuncu missed the team’s 2-0 Premier League loss to Manchester City on Saturday because he tested positive for COVID-19 while playing for Turkey in the country’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers, manager Brendan Rodgers said. Soyuncu, who played in Turkey’s 3-3 draw with Latvia on Tuesday, is isolating in Turkey. The 24-year-old has made 16 league appearances for Leicester this season.

Saturday, April 3

10:26 p.m. Taiwan will receive its first batch of vaccines under the WHO-led COVAX program on Sunday, the island’s health minister says. Nearly 200,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be delivered.

7:30 p.m. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte extends a strict lockdown in the capital region and adjacent provinces by at least one week to try to contain a renewed surge in coronavirus infections, his spokesman said on Saturday. The Philippines, which has the second-highest COVID-19 cases and deaths in Southeast Asia, reported 12,576 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, putting further strain on the health care system.

3:20 p.m. Australia will continue its inoculation program with AstraZeneca, health officials said on Saturday, after a blood clotting case raised concern about the safety of the vaccine.

To catch up on earlier developments, see the last edition of latest updates.