British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus, though Downing Street said he remained in charge of the government.
Johnson, who was isolating in 10 Downing Street after testing positive last month, still had a high temperature and his doctors felt he should go to hospital for tests in what the government said was a "precautionary step."
Downing Street underscored that this was not an emergency admission and that Johnson remains in charge of the government. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will chair the government's emergency COVID-19 meeting on Monday, a source said.
News of his hospitalization came only after an hour after Queen Elizabeth delivered a rare televised speech to the British public, calling for unity amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it," the Queen said. "I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge."
The United Kingdom's death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 4,943, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center of Johns Hopkins University. As of 0800 GMT, a total of 195,524 people had been tested of whom 47,806 tested positive.
As confirmed cases of COVID-19 and death toll from the disease continue to climb, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, said Sunday that the U.S. is "struggling" the get the coronavirus outbreak under control and warned Americans to prepare for the coming week "to be a bad week."
But he also said that "within a week" or so the number of cases should start to flatten out, "the thing that's important is that what you see is increases in new cases, which then start to flatten out. But the end result of that you don't see for days or weeks down the pipe."
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams has echoed Fauci's remarks, warning that the U.S. is going to face a "Pearl Harbor moment," a "9/11 moment," during the following week.
"It's going to be the hardest moment for many Americans in their entire lives," , Adams told NBC News on Sunday, stressing that everyone needs to do their part to flatten the curve. U.S President Donald Trump also gave similar warnings that the coming two weeks are going to be difficult, and "there will be a lot of deaths, unfortunately."
As the clock struck nine on Sunday night in India, the lights were put out in millions of households. People lit up candles, lamps and flashlights by their doors or windows. It was in response to an appeal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, made on April 3, for a gesture of solidarity to "progress toward light and hope amidst the darkness spread by the pandemic."
India’s President Ram Nath Kovind and first lady and their family members also joined the initiative and posted their photos on Twitter while expressing gratitude for national unity against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Facing a surge of the COVID-19 cases in the country, Modi on March 24 declared a nationwide lockdown of 21 days starting on March 25. He urged people to practice social distancing and avoid outings as much as possible.
"I understand your troubles but there was no other way to wage war against coronavirus... It is a battle of life and death and we have to win it," he said.
As of 10:45 a.m. April 6, the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in India reached 4,288 with 117 deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.