COVID-19 death toll in Italy over 10 000

28 March 2020, 10:36 PM
The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy barrelled past 10 000 on Saturday, a figure that made an extension of a national lockdown almost certain.
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The United States Senate will continue with negotiations on a ballooning economic stimulus package after hitting a roadblock Sunday when Democrats blocked a procedural vote to advance the legislation.

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Syria confirms first coronavirus case as fears grow it could spread 23 March 2020, 5:40 AM

War-ravaged Syria on Sunday confirmed its first case of the coronavirus after weeks of rejecting opposition allegations that the disease had already reached a country with a wrecked health system and thousands of Iranian-backed militias and Shi'ite pilgrims.

Colombia’s prison riot over coronavirus kills nearly two dozen 23 March 2020, 2:09 AM

A prison riot in Colombia’s capital Bogota late on Saturday left 23 prisoners dead and 83 injured, the justice minister said on Sunday, as detainees protested sanitary conditions amid the global outbreak of coronavirus.

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Business, transport suspended in India during 14-hour lockdown for coronavirus 22 March 2020, 3:29 PM

Hundreds of millions of Indians stayed indoors on Sunday, heeding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to citizens to self-isolate as authorities battled to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus epidemic.

Cuban doctors head to Italy battle coronavirus 22 March 2020, 7:46 AM

Communist-run Cuba said it dispatched a brigade of doctors and nurses to Italy for the first time this weekend to help in the fight against the novel coronavirus at the request of the worst-affected region Lombardy.

Italy deaths jump by almost 800 from coronavirus 22 March 2020, 1:00 AM

Italy recorded a jump in deaths from coronavirus of almost 800 on Saturday, taking the toll in the world’s hardest-hit country to almost 5000.

Iran’s coronavirus deaths rise to 1 566, total infections exceed 20 000: health ministry 21 March 2020, 1:18 PM

Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose on Saturday by more than 100 to 1 556, and the total number of people infected now exceeds 20 000, a health ministry official said.

Japan’s coronavirus infections cross 1 000 – NHK 21 March 2020, 6:24 AM

Japan has recorded 1,016 cases of domestically transmitted cases of coronavirus as of Saturday,according to public broadcaster NHK, hitting a new milestone as the nation grapples with pressure to avoid a health crisis ahead of Tokyo Olympics.

S.Korea reports 147 new coronavirus cases, concerns of cluster outbreaks continue 21 March 2020, 6:02 AM

South Korea reported 147 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, holding to its downward trend in daily infections from a peak in February, but concerns about new outbreaks around small clusters and people coming from abroad persisted.

‘You’re not on holiday’: Chile’s Pinera under pressure to declare national quarantine over coronavirus 21 March 2020, 5:29 AM

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera is under growing pressure to announce a national quarantine by opposition leaders, medical experts and local mayors, who have launched their own measures to try to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

‘Keep calm and carry on’: Cuba warns virus panic bad for immune system 21 March 2020, 4:38 AM

In the face of global panic over the coronavirus pandemic, Cuba’s Communist government has urged calm, saying stress weakens the immune system, and has taken more time than its Caribbean neighbors to introduce drastic measures as it touts the strength of its health system.

China sees zero local coronavirus cases for third day, imported infections rise 21 March 2020, 3:27 AM

Mainland China reported zero locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus for a third day running, while the daily log of infections involving travellers arriving from other countries continued to rise.

Macron’s popularity jumps as French approve of coronavirus response 21 March 2020, 2:10 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity rating jumped to a more than two-year high, according to an opinion poll published on Friday, showing his handling of the coronavirus crisis was being given a big vote of confidence.

New York City leads with 4 000 COVID-19 cases in US 20 March 2020, 7:16 PM

New York City has become the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States with the Mayor confirming over 4000 cases as the number nationwide surges passed 13500.

Italy passes China’s coronavirus death toll, prepares to extend lockdown 20 March 2020, 5:30 AM

Italy’s death toll from coronavirus overtook that of China, where the virus first emerged, on Thursday as hospitals said they were being overwhelmed and the government prepared to prolong emergency lock down measures.

Los Angeles mayor orders residents to stay at home, businesses to close 20 March 2020, 5:01 AM

The mayor of Los Angeles and county officials on Thursday ordered all residents of America's second largest city to stay in their homes and"non-essential retail businesses" to close in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

China sees zero local coronavirus cases for second day, imported infections surge 20 March 2020, 3:30 AM

Mainland China reported zero locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus for the second straight day, while the daily tally for infections involving travellers arriving in the country surged to a new record.

Washington state reports eight new coronavirus deaths 20 March 2020, 2:58 AM

Washington state on Thursday reported eight more deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the death toll there to 74, the most of any US state.

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Brexit talks suffer complications from coronavirus 19 March 2020, 7:29 PM

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Colombia to suspend entry for all travelers from abroad 19 March 2020, 5:09 PM

Colombia will block entry to everyone traveling from abroad from midnight on Monday in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus, President Ivan Duque said on Thursday.

China Daily says Wuhan’s new coronavirus cases could cease by mid-late March 19 March 2020, 4:40 AM

Wuhan is expected to see new coronavirus infections dry up by mid-to-late March and the lock down of the central Chinese city, the epicentre of the outbreak, may be lifted once there are no new cases for 14 days,the state-backed China Daily reported.

France reports huge spike in coronavirus deaths, raising total to 264 18 March 2020, 8:38 PM

French health authorities reported 89 new deaths from coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the total to 264 or an increase of almost 51%, a much more marked rise than recently seen as the country was in its second day of a lockdown aimed at containing the outbreak.

As China’s coronavirus outbreak eases, a wary return to shops for consumers 18 March 2020, 4:23 PM

As shops shut their doors across Europe and the United States, in China the sharp drop in new coronavirus cases has encouraged consumers to venture back into malls and restaurants - for the most part quite gingerly but occasionally in throngs.

Trump administration to seek economic stimulus package amid coronavirus 18 March 2020, 9:51 AM

The Administration of President Donald Trump will seek an economic stimulus package to the tune of $ 850 billion from Congress as the prospects of the world’s largest economy become a reality due to the impact of the Coronavirus.

Australia declares emergency, invokes new powers to fight coronavirus 18 March 2020, 5:09 AM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday declared a "human bio security emergency"and said the country's citizens should abandon all overseas travel because of the coronavirus epidemic.

Malaysia starts two-week isolation to rein in coronavirus 18 March 2020, 4:34 AM

Malaysia went into a two-week partial lock down on Wednesday after coronavirus infections in the country spiked to the highest in Southeast Asia, with some buyers rushing to supermarkets to stock up on essentials like instant noodles.

Mainland China reports 13 new confirmed cases of coronavirus 18 March 2020, 4:09 AM

Mainland China had 13 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the country's National Health Commission said, down from 21 cases a day earlier.

Global powers throw cash at spiraling coronavirus crisis 17 March 2020, 8:35 PM

The world’s richest nations prepared more costly measures on Tuesday to combat the coronavirus that has infected tens of thousands of people, triggered social restrictions unseen since World War Two and sent economies spinning toward recession.

France limits paracetamol sales as hoarding threatens availability 17 March 2020, 7:49 PM

France limited sales of paracetamol-based drugs on Tuesday as people who fear coronavirus infection raided pharmacies to stockpile the drug.