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Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (2) Globally

by: The Guardian, Worldometer
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Public health experts worldwide are scrambling to understand, track, and contain the coronavirus COVID-19 - a new virus - that appeared in Wuhan, China, at the beginning of December 2019. The World Health Organization named the disease caused by the coronavirus COVID-19, which references the type of virus and the year it emerged. The WHO declared that the virus is a pandemic. Coronavirus updates 2020 history (2) globally summarizes the events from the 15th of April till the 14th of May 2020. Only odd dates are published alternately.

Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (2) Globally

Updates 13-05-2020

Headlines
07:17

  • Confirmed deaths worldwide pass 290,000. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, at least 4,261,955 people worldwide are known to have contracted the virus, while at least 291,964 have died since the pandemic began. The numbers based on official and media reports are likely to be significant underestimates due to suspected underreporting and differing recording and testing regimes.
  • More than 147,000 Americans could die by early August – study. A newly revised coronavirus mortality model predicts more than 147,000 Americans could die from Covid-19 by early August, up nearly 10,000 from the last projection, as restrictions for curbing the pandemic are increasingly relaxed, researchers said on Tuesday. The current US death toll stands at 82,376.
  • Brazil reports record deaths. Brazil reported a record 881 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours on Tuesday, its health ministry said, taking its total to 12,400 and making it the world’s sixth worst-affected country in terms of deaths John Hopkins University figures. Its capacity of 177,589 confirmed cases is the world’s seventh-highest.
  • US Senate threatens sanctions on China over Covid-19 accounting. US Republican senators proposed legislation Tuesday that would empower President Donald Trump to slap sanctions on China if Beijing does not give a “full accounting” for the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Wuhan prepares to test 11 million residents. According to local media, the Chinese city of Wuhan, the pandemic's original center, plans to test all 11 million residents for coronavirus.
  • Twitter announces employees will be allowed to work from home ‘forever.’ Twitter will allow its employees to work from home “forever,” chief executive officer Jack Dorsey said in a company-wide email Tuesday. A spokesperson from Twitter confirmed the decision to the Guardian.
  • India PM announces a US$270bn virus economic package. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a stimulus package for laborers and small businesses on Tuesday worth about 10% of India’s GDP. The package came as the country was set to mark its 50th day in the world’s biggest lockdown as the number of virus cases topped 70,000 with 2,200 deaths.

Updates:
07:16

  • 39 new cases in El Salvador 
  • 28 new cases and five new deaths in Hungary  
  • 46 new cases and one new death in Bulgaria 
  • 49 new cases in Uzbekistan  
  • 138 new cases in Kazakhstan  
  • Seven new cases in Kyrgyzstan 
  • 188 new cases in India   
  • One new case in Gambia 
  • Nine new cases in French Guiana 
  • Ten new cases and two new deaths in Haiti 
  • Five new deaths in Honduras  
  • 612 new cases and 57 new deaths in Brazil 
  • 23 new cases in Czechia 
  • 1,662 new cases and 13 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • 85 new cases and one new death in Guatemala 
  • 133 new cases and six new deaths in Bolivia 
  • 16 new cases and one new death in Australia     
  • 26 new cases and one new death in South Korea 
  • 167 new cases and three new deaths in Panama 
  • Two new cases in Jamaica 
  • 1,997 new cases and 353 new deaths in Mexico 
  • Seven new cases in China 

Source: Worldometer, the Guardian

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Updates 09-05-2020

Headlines
06:07

  • The head of the International Monetary Fund suggested that the already bleak global economic forecasts could be revised down and warned the United States and China against rekindling a trade war that could weaken a recovery.
  • Meanwhile, the US accused China and Russia of cooperating to spread false narratives about the coronavirus and tightened Chinese journalists' visa guidelines.
  • US congressional foreign affairs committees' leaders have also written to more than 50 countries, asking them to support Taiwan’s inclusion in the World Health Organization. Taiwan is excluded from the WHO due to China's diplomatic pressure, which considers Taiwan part of its territory.
  • Donald Trump has said that coronavirus is ‘going to go away without a vaccine,’ but warned there could be ‘flare-ups’ next year. Mike Pence’s press secretary, who is married to one of Donald Trump’s senior advisers, has tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Argentina said it would extend a quarantine covering its capital Buenos Aires but relax restrictions in the rest of the country.
  • Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday that he aims to present plans next week to reopen the economy, as key sectors like carmakers look to begin business again after over a month of quarantine measures

Updates:
05:54

  • 369 new cases and one new death in the United States
  • 1,039 new cases and 19 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • 13 new cases in Australia    
  • Seven new cases in Nepal 
  • 68 new cases and one new death in Guatemala 
  • 86 new cases and two new deaths in Honduras  
  • 74 new cases and three new deaths in the DR Congo 
  • 1,002 new cases and 25 new deaths in Brazil  
  • Two new cases in New Zealand  
  • 18 new cases in South Korea 
  • 185 new cases and four new deaths in Bolivia 
  • Two new cases in Jamaica 
  • 1,906 new cases and 199 new deaths in Mexico  
  • 202 new cases and six new deaths in Panama 
  • Ecuador has revised its total number of cases downwards for the second time in the last three days: confirmed cases are reduced by -1,480, concerning yesterday's record; the adjustment is mainly because beyond the number of tests, cases are reported according to the citizen's ID number" the Government said in a statement. The Government had already reduced the total by -2,461 cases on May 6.
  • One new case in China 

Source: Worldometer, the Guardian

Updates 05-05-2020

Headlines
07:32

  • Ruby Princess's doctor said, 'we have to stop all cruise ships.'
  • Eleven more workers at Victorian abattoir test positive for Covid-19 as Treasury estimates a $4bn reduction in economic activity for every extra week restrictions remains in place.
  • WHO says it has no evidence to support 'speculative' Covid-19 lab theory
  • The health body says any ‘aggressive investigation of wrongdoing’ regarding virus origins makes understanding it harder.
  • India, Russia, or we do not address EU-hosted talks tout cooperation but
  • Hong Kong's economy suffers the deepest contraction. Hong Kong’s economy, already damaged by months of protest before the coronavirus outbreak, has recorded its worst decline on record. The region’s GDP shrunk 8.9% year-on-year in the first quarter, the deepest contraction since records began in 1974, and the fourth consecutive quarter to drop. Chief executive Carrie Lam noted it was worse than that experienced during the Asian financial crisis in 1998.
  • Five Eyes network contradicts theory Covid-19 leaked from the lab. There is no current evidence to suggest that coronavirus leaked from a Chinese research laboratory, intelligence sources have told the Guardian, contradicting recent White House claims that there is growing proof this is how the pandemic began.
  • WHO says it has no proof from the US on ‘speculative’ Wuhan lab claims. The World Health Organization said Monday that Washington had provided no evidence to support “speculative” claims by US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the new coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab, AFP reports.
  • Fauci says there is no scientific evidence virus came from a Chinese laboratory. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the foremost US expert on infectious diseases and a key member of Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, said in an interview with National Geographic that there is no scientific basis for the theory that coronavirus was human-made in a Chinese laboratory or escaped from a laboratory after being brought in from the wild.
  • On Monday, Chinese state media denounced Mike Pompeo as ‘insane.’ Pompeo has also joined Trump in attacking the World Health Organization, which said Monday had no evidence that the virus came out of a laboratory.
  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was also asked about the lab theory. Morrison said there had been no change to the Australian position on the theory, which is that no possibilities could be ruled out, but the most likely origin of the virus is a wet wildlife market. He reiterated calls for a “transparent” review into the outbreak and the World Health Organization’s response to the outbreak.
  • New Zealand records no new cases for the second day in a row, as the government considers whether to relax the country’s lockdown restrictions further. Monday was the first time since before New Zealand’s national shutdown began on 25 March that there were no new cases of the virus diagnosed.
  • Germany set to ease restrictions – report. Germany’s state premiers will agree on further measures to ease restrictions during a telephone call with the chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, Reuters reports, citing two people familiar with the preparations.
  • French hospital discovers the Covid-19 case in December. The hospital retested old samples from pneumonia patients and discovered that it treated a man who had Covid-19 as early as 27 December, nearly a month before the French government confirmed its first cases.
  • Italy’s death toll far higher than reported. Statistics bureau ISTAT said its analysis showed an extra 11,600 deaths were unaccounted for. It was reasonable to assume these people either died of Covid-19 without being tested or that the extra stress on the health system due to the epidemic meant they died of other causes they were not treated for.
  • World leaders pledge $8bn to fight coronavirus. At a video-conference summit hosted by the European Union, Japan pledged more than $800m while Germany offered €525m. Italy and Spain each said they would provide more than €100m.
  • Austrian unemployment at an all-time high. The coronavirus pandemic has pushed the number of unemployed Austrians to historically high levels, with a year-on-year rise of almost 60%.
  • Carnival to resume cruises in August. Carnival Cruise Line has announced plans to resume operations at the beginning of August despite dozens of deaths on cruise ships during the Covid-19 pandemic and investigations into the industry’s possible role in spreading the disease worldwide.
  • Plane carrying aid supplies crashes in Somalia. The accident, involving an African Express Airways plane, killed seven people on board, a security official said.

Updates:
06:47

  • 37 new cases in Bulgaria  
  • 39 new cases and five new deaths in India   
  • Four new cases in Venezuela  
  • Six new cases in South Sudan 
  • 30 new cases and 12 new deaths in Hungary  
  • One new case in Thailand 
  • 13 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan 
  • Ten new cases in the Maldives 
  • 32 new cases in El Salvador 
  • 65 new cases in the United States
  • One new case in Mongolia 
  • Four new cases in Sri Lanka 
  • 22 new cases and one new death in Australia     
  • 560 new cases and ten new deaths in Pakistan 
  • Seven new cases in Nepal 
  • 190 new cases and three new deaths in Panama 
  • Three new cases and two new deaths in South Korea 
  • 123 new cases and one new death in Honduras  
  • 354 new cases and 24 new deaths in Brazil 
  • New Zealand: The total number of cases has decreased by one after a probable case was reclassified. This is also the second day in a row that the country has no new cases  
  • 19 new cases in Paraguay 
  • 27 new cases and two new deaths in Guatemala 
  • 87 new cases and six new deaths in Bolivia 
  • 1,434 new cases and 117 new deaths in Mexico 
  • Two new cases in Jamaica  
  • One new case in China 

Source: Worldometer, the Guardian

Updates 01-05-2020

Headlines
06:53

  • UK prime minister says the country now ‘past the peak.’ Boris Johnson defended the decisions the UK government has taken. Speaking at the UK government’s daily press conference, Johnson said that the NHS had not been overwhelmed at any stage.
  • US jobless toll amounts to 18.4% of the working-age population. The White House let its 2-week-old economic reopening guidelines expire on Thursday as half of all US states forged ahead with their strategies for easing restrictions on restaurants, retail, and other businesses shuttered by the coronavirus crisis, Reuters reports.
  • Trump claims he has seen evidence of Covid-19 originating in Wuhan's lab. When asked if he has seen anything that gives you a “high degree of confidence” that coronavirus originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, President Trump replied: “Yes, I have.” His government experts say the virus was ‘not manmade or genetically modified.’ US intelligence agencies have been under pressure to link coronavirus to Chinese labs.
  • Protestors, some armed, gather inside the Michigan state capitol. Hundreds of protesters, some armed, gathered inside Michigan’s state capitol on Thursday as state lawmakers debated the Democratic governor’s request to extend her emergency powers to combat coronavirus.
  • Major US airlines will require passengers to cover their faces during flights. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines said Thursday they would soon require passengers to cover their faces during flights, follow JetBlue Airways' headways.
  • British BAME Covid-19 death rate ‘more than twice that of whites.’ According to a stark analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, the death rate among British black Africans and British Pakistanis from coronavirus in English hospitals is more than 2.5 times that of the white population.
  • UK food banks face record demand. The first two weeks of the coronavirus lockdown triggered an unprecedented rise in foodbank use as the economy was hit and household incomes plunged. Data from hundreds of emergency food aid charities reveals.
  • Germany eases lockdown measures. Germany is to re-open museums, galleries, zoos, and playgrounds and allow religious services to resume, in measures agreed by the chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the leaders of 16 federal states.
  • Spain allocates time slots for outdoor activities as the death toll falls. Spain’s daily death toll fell to its lowest level in nearly six weeks, with 268 fatalities related to Covid-19 recorded overnight.
  • Eurozone records 3.8% slump, as European Central Bank chief warns of worse to come, with the eurozone potent according to a stark analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, thelly on course for a 15% collapse in output in the second quarter.
  • Covid-19 outbreak increasing across Asia, WHO warns. World Health Organization office across the continent despite widespread efforts at containment.
  • Russian prime minister diagnosed with coronavirus. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has said he has been diagnosed with coronavirus and will self-isolate from the government in the country’s highest-profile case of the disease yet.
  • Thirty million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits since 21 March, bringing the country’s jobless toll to more than 18.4% of the working-age population.
  • Armed protesters demonstrating against lockdown have entered the Michigan capitol as lawmakers debated extending emergency powers.
  • Jair Bolsonaro has said Brazilian footballers are very unlikely to die from coronavirus. The country has seen a record of 7,218 cases in one day.

Updates:
06:14

  • 88 new cases and 11 new deaths in Hungary  
  • Seven new cases in Uzbekistan 
  • Six new cases in Thailand  
  • 29 new cases in El Salvador 
  • Ten new cases in Kyrgyzstan 
  • 180 new cases in India 
  • 33 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras 
  • 57 new cases and three new deaths in Bolivia 
  • Two new cases in Sri Lanka  
  • 187 new cases and five new deaths in the United States
  • Nine new cases and one new death in South Korea 
  • 344 new cases and 24 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • 14 new cases in Guatemala 
  • 17 new cases and one new death in Paraguay 
  • One new case in Myanmar  
  • Three new cases in New Zealand  
  • 1807 new cases and 105 new deaths in Brazil 
  • 12 new cases and one new death in Australia     
  • 26 new cases and one new death in Jamaica 
  • 1425 new cases and 127 new deaths in Mexico 
  • 154 new cases and ten new deaths in Panama 
  • 12 new cases in China 

Source: Worldometer, the Guardian

Updates 25-04-2020

Headlines
07:26

  • White House discussing Trump step back from the briefing. There are moves to scale back Donald Trump’s public presence on the US’s coronavirus response
  • Brazil’s health system on the verge of collapse, medics warn
  • Boris Johnson returns expected soon. Boris Johnson is expected to return to work soon after his recovery from Covid-19, as pressure mounts on his government to explain how to get Britain out of lockdown.
  • Almost 60 new cases on an Italian cruise ship
  • Rating agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded Greece's outlook on forecasts the economy will plunge into recession on the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic while maintaining the country’s credit rating.
  • China sought to block a European Union report alleging that Beijing was spreading disinformation about the coronavirus outbreak.
  • In Australia, remote Indigenous communities have been closed to outsiders for weeks.
  • The communities are at high risk from Covid-19 because of the much lower life expectancy, poorer health outcomes and higher rates of pre-existing conditions, and drastically reduced access to the level of healthcare available elsewhere in Australia.
  • In Brazil’s Manaus, the biggest city in the Amazon, officials said a cemetery had been forced to dig mass graves because there have been so many deaths. Workers have been burying 100 corpses a day, triple the pre-virus average of burials. So far, the health ministry has confirmed nearly 53,000 Covid-19 cases and more than 3,600 deaths. Experts warned that paltry testing means the true number of infections is far greater.
  • Honduras has reported nearly 600 confirmed coronavirus cases to date, as well as around 50 deaths. An estimated 40% of the population already lives in extreme poverty, and the pandemic has also pushed many more into homelessness.
  • New York reported its lowest number of daily Covid-19 deaths in weeks on Friday.
    The state said there were 422 deaths Thursday. That’s the fewest since March 31, when it recorded 391 deaths. More than 16,000 people have died in the state from the outbreak.

Updates:
07:11

  • 9 new cases in Kyrgyzstan 
  • 46 new cases in Bulgaria 
  • 60 new cases and 12 new deaths in Hungary  
  • 1 new case in the Falkland Islands 
  • 53 new cases and 1 new death in Thailand 
  • 83 new cases in India    
  • 117 new cases in Japan 
  • 1048 new cases and 34 new deaths in Brazil 
  • 29 new cases and 8 new deaths in Honduras   
  • 17 new cases and 1 new death in Australia    
  • 1 new case in Mongolia 
  • 172 new cases and 8 new deaths in Panama  
  • 1 new death in Haiti 
  • 10 new cases in South Korea  
  • 104 new cases and 1 new death in Bolivia 
  • 5 new cases and 1 new death in New Zealand 
  • 46 new cases in Guatemala 
  • 3 new cases in Paraguay 
  • 1239 new cases and 152 new deaths in Mexico 
  • 12 new cases in China 

Updates 23-04-2020

Headlines
07:26

  • The world is on track for an ‘unprecedented’ post-war recession. Rating agency Fitch says the world is heading for a recession of “unprecedented depth in the post-war period,” with a global gross domestic product to tumble by 3.9% in 2020. “This is twice as large as the decline anticipated in our early April GEO (global economic outlook) update and would be twice as severe as the 2009 recession,” said Fitch’s chief economist.
  • Trump signs immigration order. Trump said he had signed the order halting immigration to the US just before coming into the room to deliver the White House press briefing.
  • World Health Organization under fire. The US government will assess whether the WHO is being run the way it should be, John Barsa, acting administrator of the US agency for international development, said on Wednesday, as Australia called for all WHO members to participate in coronavirus inquiry.
  • Missing Wuhan citizen journalist reappears. A Chinese citizen journalist reappears, having gone missing for almost two months after posting videos from Wuhan during the outbreak. Li Zehua claims he was detained by police and forcibly quarantined.
  • Two pet cats test positive in New York state. The two cats are the first confirmed cases of the coronavirus in companion animals in the US, federal officials said on Wednesday.

Updates:
07:19

  • 116 new cases and 14 new deaths in Hungary 
  • 57 new cases and 1 new death in Bulgaria  
  • 427 new cases in India    
  • 28 new cases in Lithuania 
  • 3 new cases in Nepal 
  • 437 new cases and 12 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • 13 new cases and 1 new death in Thailand 
  • 56 new cases in Kazakhstan  
  • 3 new recoveries in Belize 
  • 375 new cases and 22 new deaths in the United States
  • 1 new death in El Salvador 
  • 63 new cases and 3 new deaths in Bolivia 
  • 4 new cases in Myanmar 
  • 11 new cases and 1 new death in Australia   
  • 2 new cases and 1 new death in Sint Maarten 
  • 3 new cases and 2 new deaths in New Zealand9 new cases and 1 new death in Honduras 
  • 26 new cases and 2 new deaths in Guatemala 
  • 8 new cases and 2 new deaths in South Korea  
  • 425 new cases and 18 new deaths in Brazil 
  • 10 new cases in China 
  • 22 new cases in Sudan 
  • 1043 new cases and 113 new deaths in Mexico 
  • 171 new cases and 3 new deaths in Panama 

Updates 19-04-2020

Headlines
19:18

  • Europe’s death toll has passed 100,000, excluding Russia. The global death toll has reached 162,070, while the total number of infections worldwide is at 2,356,475, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
  • Hospitalizations in New York continue to fall, with governor Andrew Cuomo announcing that the total number of Covid-19 hospitalizations is down to 16,213, marking the sixth consecutive day that number has dropped.
  • Italy’s infection curve appears to have begun to decline, as the number of fatalities from coronavirus rose by 433 on Sunday, 49 less than on Saturday, taking the death toll to 23,660. The number of people currently infected has risen by 486 in a day, representing a drop of 323 on Saturday.
  • Hospitalizations have declined in France for the fifth consecutive day, while the number of people in ICUs fell for the 11th consecutive day.
  • Chile has passed 10,000 coronavirus cases, making it the third-highest tally in Latin America after Brazil and Peru.
  • Pakistan has started repatriating citizens from the United Arab Emirates, which had threatened to review labor ties with countries refusing to take back their nationals during the pandemic.
  • Zimbabwe has extended its lockdown by two weeks after the president said the country had not yet met conditions set by the WHO to lift the measures.
  • The UK’s death toll has risen to 16,060, the Department of Health and Social Care has said. The number represents those who have died in the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.
  • The Netherlands has reported its smallest daily death toll in over three weeks, with the number of deaths rising by 83, the lowest daily increase since 26 March.
  • Switzerland’s coronavirus death toll has reached 1,135, rising from 1,111 on Saturday.

06:11

  • Trump warns of consequences if China was ‘knowingly responsible’ for the virus; Spanish PM seeks lockdown extension.
  • Trump warns China as Europe’s death toll approaches 100,000
  • Don’t bet on a vaccine to protect us, says a world health expert.
  • China reports the lowest new cases since 17 March.
  • Restrictions to be lifted in some US states. Texas and Vermont will allow certain businesses to reopen on Monday.
  • Canada and the United States have agreed to extend border restrictions for another 30 days to help control coronavirus's spread, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday.
  • Ireland has successfully “flattened the curve” of coronavirus transmission and no longer expects a peak in infections, chief medical officer Tony Holohan said.
  • On Sunday, South Korea reported single-digit new coronavirus cases for the first time in two months with eight new daily cases, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The nation’s total tally is 10,661 cases and 234 deaths.
  • Israel eases some Coronavirus restrictions. On Saturday, Israel approved some easing to its tight coronavirus restrictions while pointedly avoiding announcing the first stage of an exit from lockdown.
  • Spain’s PM to ask for an extension of lockdown to 9 May. Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday he would ask parliament for a third 15-day extension of the lockdown imposed to curb one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the new coronavirus, taking the restrictions up to 9 May.
  • Turkey’s coronavirus cases overtake Iran to become the highest in the Middle East. Turkey’s confirmed coronavirus cases have risen to 82,329, overtaking neighboring Iran for the first time to register the highest total in the Middle East.
  • Morocco has extended its lockdown measures by another month. Morocco will extend lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus's spread for another month until May 20, the government said on Saturday.
  • France reports 642 more coronavirus deaths as the country’s toll hits 19,323. France registered 642 more deaths from coronavirus infections on Saturday, bringing the total to 19,323, the fourth-highest tally in the world, although the number of people in hospital declined for the fourth day running.
  • UK’s Covid-19 hospital death toll surpasses 15,000. In the UK, the official Covid-19 death toll has passed 15,000 – with 888 new fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours. It means as of 5 pm on Friday, of those hospitalized in the UK who have tested positive for coronavirus, 15,464 people have died.
  • New York's daily death toll at a two-week low. In New York State, deaths rose by 540 on Friday, the lowest daily death tally since the beginning of April.
  • Croatia extends its lockdown for another 15 days. Croatia is extending its coronavirus lockdown for another 15 days, but a minister says the country is exploring the possibility of gradually easing restrictions.

Updates:
06:03

  • 32 new cases in Thailand 
  • 48 new cases in Kyrgyzstan 
  • 1 new case in Mongolia 
  • 63 new cases and 4 new deaths in Panama  
  • 203 new cases and 11 new deaths in Brazil 
  • 121 new cases and 1 new death in the United States
  • 15 new cases in Honduras  
  • 9 new cases and 1 new death in New Zealand  
  • 22 new cases in Guatemala 
  • 10 new cases in Jamaica 
  • 8 new cases and 2 new deaths in South Korea  
  • 16 new cases in China 
  • 27 new cases and 1 new death in Bolivia 
  • 4 new cases in Paraguay 
  • 33 new cases in Norway 
  • 9 new cases in Myanmar 
  • 622 new cases and 104 new deaths in Mexico 

Updates 15-04-2020

Headlines
07:56

  • The International Rescue Committee has published a report on the possible impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in countries already facing a humanitarian crisis.
  • The report considered South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen, countries where nearly half (46%) of people already lack access to basic health services.
  • Venezuela has only 84 ICU beds nationwide, and its existing crisis had forced more than half of doctors to leave the country. At the same time, 9 out of 10 hospitals face shortages of medicine and critical supplies.
  • Venezuelan migrants improvise protective masks before being transferred to the border in Cali, Colombia. Photograph: Ernesto Guzman/EPA
  • There are just 24 ICU beds and four ventilators in South Sudan, and only half of Yemen’s hospitals are still fully functional.
  • Northeast Syria has only 28 ICU beds and 11 ventilators, and across northern Syria, there were 85 attacks on health facilities last year alone.
  • It also noted that camps in Syria, Greece, and Bangladesh represent some of the most densely populated areas globally – up to 8.5 times more densely populated than the Diamond Princes cruise ship, where transmission of the virus was four times faster than in Wuhan, China.
  • In parts of Moria camp, Greece, over 1,300 people share one tap, and over 200 share a restroom.
  • The report’s recommendations included funding for Covid-19 frontline responders to reach the most vulnerable, removing constraints to humanitarian action, and coordinating a harmonized global response.
  • The report states:
  • Covid-19 is in the early stages of spreading to less developed and fragile countries, which means there is still time to mount a coordinated response that can ease suffering today and guard against dangerous secondary impacts tomorrow.
  • But the time to act is now.
  • The French government has hiked the expected cost of its measures to support the economy through the coronavirus crisis to €110bn ($120.6bn), its finance minister said on Wednesday.
  • In New York City, the hardest-hit US city in the coronavirus pandemic, the official Covid-19 death toll was revised on Tuesday to include victims presumed to have died with the virus but never tested.
  • As a result, the new cumulative figure for “confirmed and probable Covid-19 deaths” included an increase of over 3,700 deaths formally attributed to the coronavirus since 11 March, taking the total to over 10,000.
  • The city’s revised count, 10,367 in all, raised the number of coronavirus deaths nationwide to more than 28,300 - New York accounting for the biggest share of deaths.
  • With only a tiny fraction of the US population tested for coronavirus, the number of known infections climbed to more than 600,000 as of Tuesday, according to a running Reuters tally.
  • US public health authorities have generally only attributed deaths to Covid-19 when the patients had tested positive for the virus.
  • New York City’s Health Department said it will now also count any fatality deemed a “probable” coronavirus death, defined as a victim whose “death certificate lists as a cause of death ‘Covid-19’ or an equivalent.”
  • The starting point of 11 March was used because that was the date of the first confirmed coronavirus death, the city said.

Updates:
07:20

  • 97 new cases in Oman 
  • 68 new cases and 3 new deaths in India   
  • 1 new case in the Maldives. 1st in Male’ 
  • 22 new cases and 1 new death in Bulgaria 
  • 49 new cases in Uzbekistan 
  • 67 new cases and 12 new deaths in Hungary  
  • 30 new cases in Czechia  
  • 21 new cases in Lithuania 
  • 19 new cases in Kyrgyzstan 
  • 30 new cases and 2 new deaths in Thailand 
  • 1 new death in Jamaica 
  • 151 new cases and 11 new deaths in Pakistan 
  • 8 new cases in Austria 
  • 8 new cases in Venezuela 
  • 11 new cases in Myanmar  
  • 40 new cases and 2 new deaths in Australia  
  • 215 new cases in Japan 
  • 35 new cases in Kazakhstan 
  • 360 new cases and 17 new deaths in the United States
  • 43 new cases in Bolivia 
  • 1 new case in Zimbabwe 
  • 422 new cases and 20 new deaths in Brazil 
  • 1 new case in Vietnam 
  • 1 new case and 2 new deaths in Martinique 
  • 385 new cases and 74 new deaths in Mexico 
  • 12 new cases and 5 new deaths in Honduras 
  • 27 new cases and 3 new deaths in South Korea  
  • 2 new cases and 1 new death in Paraguay 
  • 166 new cases and 3 new deaths in Argentina 
  • 20 new cases in New Zealand 
  • 13 new cases in Guatemala 
  • 46 new cases and 1 new death in China 

Source: Worldometer, the Guardian

04:34

  • Eight people were denied entry into Samoa over the weekend as they returned home from India, traveling through Singapore
  • Members of China’s Uighur minority living in exile are sounding the alarm over the coronavirus's risk spreading in camps inside the country, where it is believed up to a million people are being detained.

Source: world meter and the Guardian

Cover photo by Anthony Wallace. Human rights activists fear China’s national security law will further threaten the freedoms enjoyed in Hong Kong.

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Venezuela has only 84 ICU beds nationwide, and its existing crisis had forced more than half of doctors to leave the country. At the same time, 9 out of 10 hospitals face shortages of medicine and critical supplies. Venezuelan migrants improvise protective masks before being transferred to the border in Cali, Colombia. Photograph: Ernesto Guzman/EPA There are just 24 ICU beds and four ventilators in South Sudan, and only half of Yemen’s hospitals are still fully functional. Northeast Syria has only 28 ICU beds and 11 ventilators, and across northern Syria, there were 85 attacks on health facilities last year alone. It also noted that camps in Syria, Greece, and Bangladesh represent some of the most densely populated areas globally – up to 8.5 times more densely populated than the Diamond Princes cruise ship, where transmission of the virus was four times faster than in Wuhan, China. In parts of Moria camp, Greece, over 1,300 people share one tap, and over 200 share a restroom. The report’s recommendations included funding for Covid-19 frontline responders to reach the most vulnerable, removing constraints to humanitarian action, and coordinating a harmonized global response. The report states: Covid-19 is in the early stages of spreading to less developed and fragile countries, which means there is still time to mount a coordinated response that can ease suffering today and guard against dangerous secondary impacts tomorrow. But the time to act is now. The French government has hiked the expected cost of its measures to support the economy through the coronavirus crisis to €110bn ($120.6bn), its finance minister said on Wednesday. In New York City, the hardest-hit US city in the coronavirus pandemic, the official Covid-19 death toll was revised on Tuesday to include victims presumed to have died with the virus but never tested. As a result, the new cumulative figure for “confirmed and probable Covid-19 deaths” included an increase of over 3,700 deaths formally attributed to the coronavirus since 11 March, taking the total to over 10,000. The city’s revised count, 10,367 in all, raised the number of coronavirus deaths nationwide to more than 28,300 - New York accounting for the biggest share of deaths. With only a tiny fraction of the US population tested for coronavirus, the number of known infections climbed to more than 600,000 as of Tuesday, according to a running Reuters tally. US public health authorities have generally only attributed deaths to Covid-19 when the patients had tested positive for the virus. New York City’s Health Department said it will now also count any fatality deemed a “probable” coronavirus death, defined as a victim whose “death certificate lists as a cause of death ‘Covid-19’ or an equivalent.” The starting point of 11 March was used because that was the date of the first confirmed coronavirus death, the city said. Updates: 07:20 97 new cases in Oman  68 new cases and 3 new deaths in India    1 new case in the Maldives. 1st in Male’  22 new cases and 1 new death in Bulgaria  49 new cases in Uzbekistan  67 new cases and 12 new deaths in Hungary   30 new cases in Czechia   21 new cases in Lithuania  19 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  30 new cases and 2 new deaths in Thailand  1 new death in Jamaica  151 new cases and 11 new deaths in Pakistan  8 new cases in Austria  8 new cases in Venezuela  11 new cases in Myanmar   40 new cases and 2 new deaths in Australia   215 new cases in Japan  35 new cases in Kazakhstan  360 new cases and 17 new deaths in the United States 43 new cases in Bolivia  1 new case in Zimbabwe  422 new cases and 20 new deaths in Brazil  1 new case in Vietnam  1 new case and 2 new deaths in Martinique  385 new cases and 74 new deaths in Mexico  12 new cases and 5 new deaths in Honduras  27 new cases and 3 new deaths in South Korea   2 new cases and 1 new death in Paraguay  166 new cases and 3 new deaths in Argentina  20 new cases in New Zealand  13 new cases in Guatemala  46 new cases and 1 new death in China  Source: Worldometer, the Guardian 04:34 Eight people were denied entry into Samoa over the weekend as they returned home from India, traveling through Singapore Members of China’s Uighur minority living in exile are sounding the alarm over the coronavirus's risk spreading in camps inside the country, where it is believed up to a million people are being detained. 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