Coronavirus live news: Spain passes 100,000 cases, as UN says world faces worst crisis since WW2

US has one 1 in 5 cases globally; global cases pass 860,000; record daily fatalities in UK, France, Spain and Russia

11.21am BST

The world’s biggest medical glove manufacturer is battling with a shortage of workers as it tries to meet a huge surge in demand, with countries running low on personal protective equipment stocks due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Malaysia’s Top Glove Corp Bhd, which makes one out of every five gloves in the world, needs to urgently recruit up to 700 more employees as orders in the past few weeks have doubled, the company has told Reuters.

We were already experiencing a shortage of workers in the beginning of the year, which has now become more serious following the implementation of Malaysia’s movement control order.

11.14am BST

A former Vietnam war era refugee camp on an uninhabited island in Indonesia is being repurposed to house a new emergency hospital to treat Covid-19 patients.

Indonesia, which has recorded 1,677 cases of coronavirus and 157 deaths, will next week open the hospital on the island of Galang.

Continue reading…

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/apr/01/coronavirus-live-news-us-deaths-could-reach-240000-un-secretary-general-crisis-worst-since-second-world-war-us-uk-europe-latest-updates