Coronavirus Live Updates: Global death toll surpasses 4,000

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Live Updates: Coronavirus cases pass 115,000 worldwide

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09:29 pm

3 coronavirus cases connected to South Florida seaport

The state of Florida has issued new guidance for people traveling through Port Everglades in Broward County due to the number of coronavirus cases identified at the port.

At least three coronavirus patients have been linked to Port Everglades, a seaport for cruises and commercial ships. All three of those cases are connected to Metro Cruise Services, according to a statement from Florida’s Joint Information Center on COVID-19.

Metro Cruise Services provides cruise terminal management, terminal security services, ground guest services and shore excursions, according to the company website

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09:15 pm

Gulf Air Announces Free, Unlimited Changes For Bookings

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09:00 pm

New Jersey reports its first coronavirus death

A man in his 60s is the first New Jersey patient to die from coronavirus, the New Jersey’s governor’s office announce.

“We are sad to report the first death in a case of COVID-19 in New Jersey. Our prayers are with the family during this difficult time. We remain vigilant to doing all we can — across all levels of government — to protect the people of New Jersey,” the office said in a statement.

New Jersey Lt. Gov. Shelia Oliver also announced today that there are four new presumptive positive cases in the state, brining the total number of cases to 15 statewide.

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08:45 pm

Nepal suspends visa-on-arrival services for 3 countries

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08:40 pm

Italy: 977 new cases and 168 new deaths

Italy recorded 168 deaths Tuesday from the novel coronavirus, its highest single-day toll to date, pushing the number of fatalities outside China to more than 1,000.

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08:32 pm

India suspends visas for nationals of France, Germany, Spain

India has temporarily suspended all the visas and e-visas granted on or before March 11 to nationals of three more coronavirus-affected countries — France, Germany and Spain — effective immediately, as part of the measure to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

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08:30 pm

Qatar bans entry of passengers from 15 countries

Qatar has temporarily banned the entry of people arriving from 15 countries, including India, Pakistan, China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand.

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08:27 pm

India: 50 cases in total reported

A total of fifty (50) confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country, till now. Of these 50 cases, 34 cases are Indian nationals and 16 are Italians.

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08:05 pm

Kuwait shuts cinema, theatres, wedding halls

Kuwaiti authorities have announced the closure of cinemas, theatres, wedding halls and meeting rooms at hotels until further notice, the latest in a series of precautionary steps aimed at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus in the country.

The Kuwaiti government has tasked the foreign and heath ministries to coordinate for suspending the issuance of entry permits and visas except those issued by diplomatic missions abroad.  Read More

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08:05 pm

India: Three new coronavirus cases confirmed in Karnataka

Three new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Karnataka on Tuesday taking the total number of infected people to four, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said and asked people not to panic.

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08:02 pm

Bahrain: 80 Active Cases, 30 Discharged

The Ministry of Health announced the total number of confirmed recoveries to 30 and active cases to 80.

This information is based on active cases in the webpage that was developed to show up-to-date Coronavirus (COVID-19) information in Bahrain.

The recovered individuals have been discharged from the isolation centre after responding positively to medical care provided by the Kingdom’s specialist medical team, in line with measures outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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08:00 pm

Greece: All schools and universities closed

Greece will close all schools and universities across the country for the next 14 days because of coronavirus fears, the Greek health minister announced.

The closure impacts all day care centers and education establishments beginning Thursday, Vassilis Kikilias said.

The country’s Health Ministry has confirmed five more cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in Greece to 89.

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07:55 pm

Spain cancels flights to and from Italy

The Spanish government has blocked direct flights between Spain and Italy as it looks to stop the spread and of coronavirus.

The government said in a statement it was making the decision because the vast majority of cases imported into Spain had been linked to Italy

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07:50 pm

Malta: One New Case Reported

The 16-year-old daughter of the man who tested positive for the coronavirus yesterday after returning from Trentino Alto Adige (northern Italy). The daughter had not gone to school since returning

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07:47 pm

Brazil: 1 new case in confirmed

A 60-year-old man in the Metropolitan Region of Porto Alegre. He developed symptoms on Feb 29, after a trip to Milan, Italy between Feb 16 and 23. The patient arrived at the care unit with the mask, with cough and fever

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07:45 pm

France: 194 new cases reported

We are at the very beginning of the epidemic“, announces Emmanuel Macron. All matches in the French Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 football championships will be held behind closed doors until April 15

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07:40 pm

New York: 2 school bus drivers have coronavirus

Nassau County in New York has 19 confirmed coronavirus cases, up from 17 yesterday – including two school bus drivers that transport between them about 80 students on several routes, according to the county executive.

They both drive small buses on Long Island, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said at a news conference today.

Most of the families of those students have been contacted by the department of health, which is continuing to contact families.

There have been school closures in response to the positive tests – including schools in Oyster Bay, Locust Valley, Glen Cove and Westbury along with some private schools in the areas including Friends Academy, Portledge, Mill Neck Manor, Eastwood and Summit Lower School.

Curran said beyond the 19 positive cases there are;

  • 72 residents in mandatory quarantine
  • 74 in precautionary quarantine
  • 10 tests pending.

Curran stressed that the priority is to “protect our seniors” adding it’s important to focus on “containing” as much as possible to “reduce community spread”

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07:33 pm

New York: More than 170 coronavirus cases

There are 173 confirmed coronavirus cases in New York State, up 31 from yesterday, according to the New York Governor.

This includes an additional 17 cases in New York City, bringing the city’s total to 36.

Westchester County has 108 cases and continues to be the county with the most confirmed cases.

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07:31 pm

India: 8 more cases in Kerala

Kerala on Tuesday reported another eight coronavirus cases, including the parents of a three-year-old who had earlier tested positive for Covid-19.

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07:30 pm

Morocco reports first coronavirus death: Health ministry

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07:30 pm

UK: Sixth person dies from coronavirus

A sixth person has died from coronavirus in the United Kingdom, health authorities said on Tuesday.

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07:29 pm

Bahrain: 47 individuals discharged after quarantine period

The Ministry of Health today announced that 47 individuals have been discharged after completing the mandatory 14-day quarantine period, bringing the total number of individuals discharged from quarantine to 115.

 

The Ministry emphasised that the individuals, 15 male and 30 female Bahraini nationals, and 2 Indonesian females, tested negative for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) before being discharged.

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07:28 pm

Confirmed Covid-19 cases across Pakistan rise to 16

Pakistan has said that the number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) infections across the country have risen to 16, after nine more cases emerged in Karachi on Monday.

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07:27 pm

Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in UK rises to 373

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the United Kingdom has risen to 373, up from 319 the day before, health officials said on Tuesday.

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07:26 pm

Greece shuts down schools, universities to ‘slow’ virus

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05:47 pm

United Nations closes New York headquarters to the general public

The United Nations has decided to close its New York complex to the general public and temporarily suspend all guided tours beginning at 8 p.m. ET today until further notice in the wake of coronavirus concerns, a spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary General said in a statement.

The UN has not been advised of any coronavirus cases amongst UN staff in New York

“As the Secretary-General has said, the health and safety of staff is a matter of his utmost priority and concern,” spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

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05:44 pm

Austria bans indoor events of more than 100 people

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05:40 pm

Vatican closes sites to tourists

Saint Peter’s Square and Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City are now closed to tourists starting Tuesday because of the coronavirus, the Vatican press office said in a statement.

The Vatican’s employee cafeteria will be closed to visitors starting tomorrow, but a delivery service will be available.

The pharmacy and the grocery store in the Vatican will remain open, the office said.

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04:15 pm

First group of Bahrainis repatriated from the Islamic Republic of Iran

The Ministry of Health today announced the first group of Bahrainis repatriated from the Islamic Republic of Iran have arrived back to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Kingdom of Bahrain has established an evacuation plan to repatriate citizens in a chartered aircraft in order to safeguard the well-being of the incoming arrivals, as well as citizens and residents in the Kingdom.

Upon arrival, passengers were tested and will either be quarantined or transferred to a dedicated isolation centre for treatment, in accordance with the results, and the standards set by the World Health Organization.

The Ministry is coordinating with other authorities on repatriating the remaining Bahrainis in Iran, while ensuring proper isolation and community protection measures are being taken.

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03:14 pm

UAE announces 15 new coronavirus cases

 The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) on Tuesday announced 15 new cases of coronavirus, taking to 74 the total number of infections in the country.

The new cases include three Italians, two Emiratis, two Sri Lankan, two Brits, two Indians, and one from Germany, one from South Africa, one from Tanzania, and one from Iran.

They have already been under quarantine and were detected through the effective implementation of preventive measures. They are among those who were in contact with confirmed coronavirus cases and patients coming from abroad. All new cases are in stable condition, the ministry affirmed in a statement issued today.

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03:13 pm

881 new cases and 54 new deaths in Iran

Iran says the new coronavirus has killed 54 more people, raising the death toll to 291 amid 8,042 cases.

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03:07 pm

Indians evacuated from Iran to be quarantined at airbase

Indians nationals, who were airlifted from Iran and reached India on Tuesday morning, have been quarantined at Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad and will be kept in isolation for the next fourteen days.

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03:04 pm

WHO warns pandemic risk ‘very real’ as virus spreads

The death toll from the virus neared 4,000 and the fallout disrupted economies and societies across the world, shuttering factories, disturbing travel, and postponing or cancelling concerts and sporting events.

Even as WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned “the threat of a pandemic has become very real,” he stressed that “it would be the first pandemic in history that can be controlled”.

“We are not at the mercy of the virus,” he said. (AFP)

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03:03 pm

Japan readies ‘state of emergency’ measures

Japan’s government Tuesday approved draft “state of emergency” measures that would allow authorities to keep people inside and commandeer buildings for hospitals, as Tokyo steps up its fight against coronavirus five months before the Olympics.

If approved by parliament, the draft bill would give Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the power to declare a state of emergency and impose drastic measures but Tokyo stressed that the situation had not yet reached that point.

“Currently we are not in a situation where we need to declare a state of emergency,” top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Tuesday. (AFP)

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03:02 pm

China’s Xi pays first visit to virus epicentre Wuhan

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Wuhan on Tuesday for his first visit to the epicentre of the country’s coronavirus epidemic since the crisis erupted in January.

Xi’s unannounced visit comes as unprecedented quarantine measures that have sealed off Wuhan and the rest of central Hubei province since late January appear to have paid off, with new infections dropping dramatically in recent weeks.

The Communist Party leader arrived by plane in Hubei’s capital for an “inspection of the epidemic prevention and control work” in the region, according to the official Xinhua news agency. (AFP)

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03:02 pm

UN climate action summit postponed

In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the UN SDG Action Campaign has decided to postpone the SDG Global Festival of Action, which was scheduled to take place at the World Conference Centre in Bonn in Germany from April 1 to 3.

The decision was announced on Monday after a round of consultations with the German Federal government, local authorities in Bonn and other key stakeholders, and is based on the UN SDG Action Campaign’s commitment to the safety and well-being of SDG partners globally and in Bonn. (IANS)

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03:00 pm

Cyprus’ largest hospital suspends services after doctor contracts coronavirus

Cyprus’ largest medical facility suspended most services on Tuesday, authorities said, after a medical doctor heading the heart surgical ward tested positive for coronavirus.

The 64-year-old doctor was one of two individuals first to test positive on the Mediterranean island. He had recently returned from Britain and had contact with patients. (Reuters)

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02:58 pm

Barcelona-Napoli football match will happen behind closed doors

Next week’s UEFA Champions League clash between Barcelona and Napoli will happen without any fans in the stands due to fears over coronavirus spreading, FC Barcelona said on Twitter Tuesday.

The match, slated for Wednesday March 18, is the latest UEFA fixture to be affected by the virus.

Valencia’s match against Atalanta on Tuesday March 10, and Paris St Germain’s fixture with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, March 11 are also set to go ahead without supporters.

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01:54 pm

Coronavirus is now in every EU country

Coronavirus has now spread to every European Union country after Cyprus reported its first case.

After bringing much of Asia to a standstill over the past month, the outbreak now looks set to have a profound impact in Europe, with millions of people in quarantine, sporting events postponed and celebrations canceled.

Cyprus had been the only EU member state without a confirmed coronavirus case but the country reported on Monday afternoon that two people have tested positive.

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01:47 pm

Philippines confirms 15 new cases, bringing total to 35

Health officials in the Philippines confirmed 15 new cases of the coronavirus today, bringing the nationwide total to 35. No further information was provided about the patients.

The country has reported one death from the virus.

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01:30 pm

Thailand Confirms 3 more cases

Three new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Thailand, the country’s Ministry of Health said Tuesday.

Thai authorities have confirmed 53 patients to date, 33 of whom have recovered and been discharged from the hospital.

The new cases are all Thai nationals, said Dr. Sophon Iamsirithawon, the director for the Health Ministry’s Division for Communicable Disease.

  • One of the cases is a 41-year-old Thai woman who had been in close contact with another confirmed case. She has no record of traveling abroad.
  • The 51st case is a Thai woman, aged 41. She had close contact with the 45th confirmed case. She has no record of traveling abroad.
  • The other two cases are a husband and wife, ages 46 and 47, respectively. The wife had just traveled to Italy. Both are in good condition.

A group of 188 Thai workers who have returned from South Korea, where thousands have been infected, are in quarantine at a naval base.

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01:27 pm

India now has more than 50 cases

Nine new novel coronavirus cases have been confirmed in southwest India today, health authorities there said, bringing the total number of patients in the country to 56.

Three cases were detected in Karnataka, according to the state’s commissioner of Health and Family Welfare, Pankaj Pandey, while another six were reported in Kerala and are under quarantine.

In response, the Kerala government is suspending all schools and canceling nearly all year-end exams, according to Dr. Amar Fettle, a senior government official in the state.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also said the state government will suspend all public programs until March 31 and launch what he called “awareness programs.”

 

 

 

 

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01:25 pm

France’s culture minister has the coronavirus

Franck Riester, France’s Minister of Culture, has contracted the coronavirus, ministry officials told CNN.

He was diagnosed Sunday and has been confined at home since then, the ministry said.

France recorded 286 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday alone, bringing the country’s tally to 1,412, said Jerome Salomon, director of the public health authority. A total of 30 patients have died of the virus.

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01:24 pm

Spain announces new containment measures

Spain now has a total of 1,204 coronavirus infections, including 28 deaths, said Health Minister Salvador Illa today. Some 74 of those patients are in intensive care units.

Illa also pointed to several “high community transmission risk areas,” including the Madrid region and the cities of Vitoria and Labastida in the Basque Country.

In these areas, additional measures will be imposed, including the “suspension of all classes in schools, nurseries and universities, as well as all the extra-curricular activities.” These suspensions will go into effect from tomorrow, for an initial 15 days.

“When possible we would like the people in these areas to work from home, we would like companies to be flexible in terms of working hours, older people should be attended at home and people who suffer from chronic illnesses or serious pathologies should limit their activities outside. People in general should avoid unnecessary travel,” Illa added.

Illa also confirmed that Sevilla’s Europa League soccer clash with Roma on Thursday will be played “behind closed doors.”

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01:23 pm

Austria confirms 131 coronavirus cases

Austria has confirmed 131 cases of coronavirus in the country, authorities said Monday.

At least 4,734 people have been tested, and two people have recovered from the coronavirus, according to the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection.

Austria is calling on citizens traveling in Italy, the hardest-hit country in Europe, to return home. Italian authorities placed the entire country on lockdown in order to stop the virus from spreading further.

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01:22 pm

All of Italy is in lockdown as coronavirus cases rise

Italy has been put under a dramatic total lockdown, as the coronavirus spreads in the country. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that he is extending restrictions already in place in the north.

“All the measure of the red zones are now extended to all of the national territory,” Conte said at a news conference on Monday evening as he also announced a ban on all public events.

The Prime Minister said the move was taken in order to protect the population, and especially the most fragile individuals. His announcement came at the end of a chaotic day that saw prison riots across the country.

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01:19 pm

Lebanon confirms 41 coronavirus cases

Lebanese authorities have confirmed at least 41 coronavirus cases within the country, according to a statement from Rafiq Hariri government hospital.

Thirty patients are in hospital and the rest are being transferred there by a team from the Ministry of Public Health, the statement said.

Four patients are in critical condition.

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12:48 pm

Border with Myanmar closed until further notice

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12:05 pm

US plane diverted after passengers upset by sneezing

Mounting concern over the spread of coronavirus was apparently behind a US flight being diverted at the weekend after passengers became upset over someone sneezing and coughing.

United Airlines told AFP in a statement that the flight — headed from Eagle, Colorado, to Newark, New Jersey — was diverted on Sunday afternoon to Denver’s international airport. (AFP)

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12:04 pm

Italy confirms over 7,900 cases, toll touches 463

Italian health authorities said that a total of 7,985 coronavirus infection cases have been registered in the country, while the death toll has risen to 463.

“We have registered 102 new recoveries today, which brings the total to 724,” Civil Protection Department chief Angelo Borrelli, who serves as extraordinary commissioner for the coronavirus emergency, said at a press conference on Monday, Xinhua reported.

“We have also had 97 new fatalities, which has brought the death toll to 463,” he added. (IANS)

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