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Nissan Reports Covid-19 Infection at Yokohama Headquarters

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Nissan Motor Co. said an employee working at its global headquarters in Yokohama tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The employee hadn’t been at work since March 20, the company said in a statement, and was tested on April 3, with the diagnosis confirmed on April 4. Nissan has determined that no other employees have been in close contact with the infected person since the worker first started showing symptoms on March 23.

There have been no other suspected infection cases at the Yokohama headquarters. Nissan said it has implemented daily health checks at its offices to detect employees who could be infected while recommending that they engage in remote work or stagger their commuting times to avoid crowds.

Spain Daily Coronavirus Deaths Fall for Third Day to 674

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Spain saw a decline in the number of new deaths from the coronavirus for the third consecutive day, raising hopes that the worst of the country’s outbreak may be over.

The Health Ministry reported 674 fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 12,418. The number of confirmed cases rose to 130,759, from 124,736 a day earlier. The latest daily death toll is now lower than in the U.K., which reported 708 fatalities on Saturday.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Saturday plans to extend a national lockdown for another two weeks until April 25. He initiated the restrictions on March 14 for an initial two-week period and subsequently extended them until April 11 as the virus outbreak accelerated.

Spain’s economic recovery has been hobbled by the fallout from the virus. Jobless claims jumped in March and the purchasing managers index for services fell to a record.

“Europe must establish a wartime economy to strengthen resistance, and promote the reconstruction and recovery of Europe,” Sanchez said Sunday in an opinion article published by El Pais. “It has to do it as soon as possible with measures that back the public debt that many countries are now facing.”

— With assistance by Laura Millan Lombrana

South Sudan confirms first case of coronavirus

JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudan has confirmed its first case of COVID-19, its vice president said on Sunday, becoming the latest African nation to report a case of the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Riek Machar said a 29-year old patient arrived in the country from Ethiopia on February 28, and that she was being treated in isolation.

Spain's coronavirus death toll rises by 674 to 12,418

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 674 to 12,418 in the last day, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.

A day earlier the toll rose by 809.

The number of registered cases rose to 130,759 from 124,736, the ministry said.

Nothing to do? Boredom can have an upside, experts say

Boredom can be excruciating.

You watch the minutes tick by, aimlessly flicking channels or re-reading the same posts in your social media feeds, all the while knowing something better is out there.

Singapore Reports Highest Daily Coronavirus Cases

Singapore reported its highest daily increase of coronavirus cases on Sunday, as infections rose among foreign workers housed in massive dormitories.

Authorities said an additional 120 cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 1,309 in the city-state. Of the new cases, only four involved patients with recent travel history, officials said at a briefing on Sunday.

In particular, two previously reported clusters, involving dorms for foreign workers, saw a jump in the number of cases. These two dorms have now been declared “isolation areas” and any individuals residing there will have to stay in their rooms for 14 days to avoid the spread of the virus, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo.

Almost 20,000 people live in the two dorms. Singapore’s government will also convert a large expo venue into a community care facility, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said.

How robots are helping in the battle against COVID-19

While the human touch remains essential in times of crisis, robots are stepping in where people cannot.

Countries around the world are looking at all sorts of technologies to help contain the coronavirus.

And an army of robots is helping to relieve the pressure on health workers treating coronavirus victims

Al Jazeera’s Raheela Mahomed explains.

Saint John police investigating armed robbery

Officers are investigating an armed robbery that occurred in Saint John, N.B., on Saturday.

In a press release, the Saint John Police Force says at approximately 4:15 p.m., a man walked into the King Street East Variety store armed with a weapon and demanded money.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 506-648-3333 or to call Crime Stoppers.

Palestinian workers returning home 'could fuel outbreak'

Officials warn tens of thousands of Palestinian workers returning from Israel for holidays to isolate themselves or risk disaster.

Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers in Israel are returning home before the Jewish Passover holiday.

But with increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections in Israel, the Palestinian government is warning of a disaster if those workers do not isolate themselves when they arrive.

Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim has more from the occupied West Bank.

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