Indonesia has reported 407 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to 5,923

Indonesia has reported 407 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to 5,923 and surpassing the Philippines as the country with the highest number of infections in south-east Asia.

The health ministry official Achmad Yurianto also reported 24 new deaths attributed to the disease, taking the total to 420, and said Indonesia had performed 42,000 tests for the virus.

The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak a pandemic and countries have told their citizens to stay at home to reduce the spread of the infection.

In the UK, more than 104,000 cases and 13,729 deaths have been recorded. Meanwhile, in the US there were more than 662,000 cases and more than 28,000 deaths from the virus, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meanwhile, said Beijing “needs to come clean” on what they know – with the source of the killer virus still a mystery.

General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Tuesday that US intelligence indicates that the Covid-19 likely occurred naturally, and not in a lab.

While the official successor to King Salman, 84, Prince Mohammed’s ascension to the crown would require the approval of a council, not all of whom are keen to see him take the throne.

The Saudi royal family has traditionally ruled by consensus, which the prince, widely known as MBS, is seen as having ripped up. There is disquiet among the family over MBS’s decision to pursue the disastrous war in Yemen and over the murder in Istanbul of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The next few weeks will be critical for Europe,’ Kluge said. ‘Make no mistake – despite the spring weather, we are in the middle of a storm.’

Underlining his point is the fact that daily death tolls have continued to rise in many places even as new infections fall, due to the time it takes an infected person to become sick enough to die.