Coronavirus: latest global developments

In France from May 11 face masks will be obligatory on public transport and recommended for going shopping

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- More than one million cases -

More than 1,169,210 cases of infection, including 63,437 deaths, have been reported in 190 countries and territories around the world since the virus first emerged in China in December, according to an AFP tally compiled around 1900 GMT Saturday based on official sources.

Italy has the highest official death toll with 15,362 fatalities. Spain follows with 11,744, the United States with 8,098, France with 7,560 and Britain with 4,313.

- China pauses in memory of victims -

China comes to a standstill on Saturday to mourn the more than 3,000 lives claimed by the virus on the mainland.

Nationwide at 10:00 am the country observes a three-minute tribute. Cars, trains and ships sound their horns, air-raid sirens ring out and flags fly at half-staff.

- Economic cost -

The pandemic could cost the global economy $4.1 trillion, equivalent to 4.8 percent of worldwide output, as it ravages major economies, the Asian Development Bank warns.

In the US, employment plunged by 701,000 in March and the jobless rate surged to 4.4 percent, the Labor Department reports.

Latin America is heading into "a deep recession" in 2020, the United Nations says.

- Food shortages -

The pandemic threatens to cause food shortages for hundreds of millions of people, especially in Africa, who depend on imports of foodstuffs paid for by exports, the World Food Programme says.

- Half of humanity confined -

More than 3.9 billion people -- half of the world's population -- have been called on or obliged by their authorities to stay at home in more than 90 countries or territories, according to an AFP database.

Spain announces it will extend its lockdown to April 25.

- Maldives reports first cases -

Two hotel employees test positive for the virus at a luxury resort in the Maldives, the first cases reported in the upmarket holiday destination.

- Airborne transmission? -

Anthony Fauci, head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health and aide to US President Donald Trump, says the virus might spread through the air via normal breathing and speaking, "as opposed to coughing and sneezing".

Trump's administration suggests widespread use of simple masks or scarves to help deter the spread of the virus.

The US leader says he will not be following this advice himself.

- Masks 'confiscated' -

A top Berlin official accuses the US of having "confiscated" a delivery of 200,000 Chinese-made FFP2 masks, bound for Germany at a Bangkok airport, as competition for protective gear against the coronavirus heats up.

- 'Hope' or 'worst yet to come' -

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the latest figures suggesting the coronavirus is slowing in Germany are a cause for "hope", but that it is too early to relax restrictions on public life.

Wordlwide however, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says "the worst is yet to come", and that COVID-19 is just arriving in theatres of conflict like Syria, Libya and Yemen, repeating his call for a global ceasefire.

- Tunisia PM gets special powers -

Tunisia's parliament gives Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh powers to issue decrees for two months to allow for the accelerated adoption of measures to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.