• This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
  • Top stories: India overtakes Brazil as second worst-hit country; 'Shocking imbalance' remains in global vaccine distribution – WHO; Peru reports record new daily COVID-19 deaths total.

1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 136 million globally, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 2.93 million. More than 773.55 million vaccination doses have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.

Japan has begun vaccinations for over 65s at 120 sites across the country.

England’s shops, hairdressers, gyms and pub gardens will reopen today. Prime Minister Boris Johnson described it as a 'major step' towards freedom.

The Dutch government has announced that a night-time curfew and other restrictions will remain in place until at least 28 April, as daily infections rose to a two-week high.

Canada is shifting its vaccination programme to target frontline workers, moving away from a largely age-based rollout.

Iran has reported 258 daily COVID-19 deaths, its highest daily total since December, the health ministry said yesterday.

Strict restrictions in Manilla and four adjacent provinces will be eased from 12 April, a spokesperson for Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday.

Peru recorded a record number of new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, the second such record in a week.

Daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people in selected countries
Cases are rising again in some countries.
Image: Our World in Data

2. India overtakes Brazil as second worst-hit country

India has reported a record 168,912 new COVID-19 infections, data from the health ministry showed today.

It means India has overtaken Brazil to become the world's second worst-hit country, in terms of cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. India has reported 13.52 million confirmed cases to Brazil's 13.48 million.

The United States has reported more confirmed cases than any country, with 31.19 million, according to Johns Hopkins.

What is the COVID Social Enterprise Action Agenda?

The COVID Social Enterprise Action Agenda builds on the actions that its members have already taken and seeks to inspire new commitments. It outlines 25 concrete recommendations for five key stakeholder groups to support social entrepreneurs during COVID-19:

  • Intermediaries and networks are called on to surface the needs of the social entrepreneurs they serve on the ground and provide them with fitting support
  • (Impact) investors are called on to adapt their investment priorities and processes and to provide flexible capital and must-have technical assistance
  • Corporations are called on to stand with the social entrepreneurs in their supply chains and ecosystems, and join forces with them to “shape a new tomorrow”
  • Funders and philanthropists are called on to expand and expedite their financial support to social entrepreneurs and intermediaries, taking risks reflective of today’s unprecedented times
  • Government institutions at all levels are called on to recognize social entrepreneurs as a driving force in safeguarding jobs and in building a greener and equitable society, and to back them accordingly.

3. 'Shocking imbalance' remains in global vaccine distribution: WHO

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has again called for a more equitable rollout of vaccines.

"There remains a shocking imbalance in the global distribution of vaccines," he told a press conference on Friday.

"More than 700 million vaccine doses have been administered globally, but over 87% have gone to high-income or upper middle-income countries, while low-income countries have received just 0.2%," he said.

"On average in high-income countries, almost one in four people has received a vaccine. In low-income countries, it’s one in more than 500. Let me repeat that: one in four versus one in 500."