Live Updates: Coronavirus Cases Cross Quarter of a Million Globally

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09:00 pm

Bahrain: Total Active Cases Count Reaches 184

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that there are 184 active Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Bahrain. Read More…

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08:39 pm

Kuwait: 17 new cases reported

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08:18 pm

UAE: 13 new cases and 38 recoveries.

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08:00 pm

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad announced that it was temporarily suspending flights to the Pakistani cities of Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore from March 21.

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07:47 pm

A plane from China carrying 500,000 masks to help Greece combat the coronavirus outbreak landed at Athens International Airport.

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07:32 pm

Spain reported a 32 percent spike in new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the country total to 1,326 fatalities, the second highest in Europe after Italy.

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07:16 pm

The British government is hiring former Nestle executive Chris Tyas to oversee a “war room” set up to ensure the country’s food security as the coronavirus crisis deepens, Sky News reported on Saturday.

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07:01 pm

Dubai Municipality has begun a program of cleaning and sterilising roads in the emirate as part of its measures against the virus.

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06:40 pm

Morocco has suspended all of its train services starting from Monday due to the virus outbreak.

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06:24 pm

Saudi: Five healthcare workers tested positive

Five healthcare workers in the Saudi capital are down with new coronavirus, a Health Ministry spokesman said here on Saturday. Read More…

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06:02 pm

Switzerland 

Switzerland reported 6,100 coronavirus infections, some 25% more than a day earlier, and 56 deaths, the Swiss health ministry said, as hospitals in the canton of Ticino that borders on hard-hit Italy were under pressure.

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05:16 pm

Saudi Arabia Reports More New Cases; Totals 392

The Saudi Ministry of Health on Saturday announced 48 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Read More…

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04:18 pm

Dubai: Indian student creates sanitiser robot

Motivated by the motto “stay safe and be clean” amid the coronavirus scare, a grade seven Indian student in the UAE has created a robot that dispenses sanitisers detecting a hand from a range of 30 cm.

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04:12 pm

Pakistan suspends international flights for two weeks

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03:59 pm

Tunisia announced the suspension of internal flights

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03:44 pm

Egypt said it will close churches in the country

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03:33 pm

Angola has announced its first cases

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03:13 pm

At least 30 cruise ships are at sea right now!

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03:00 pm

Germany cases increase by nearly 20% in 24 hours

Germany has reported a further 2,705 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 16,662, according to the Robert Koch Institute, the country’s center for disease and control.

There have also been 16 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total to 47, according to Saturday’s update.

Officials are debating how best to respond to the continued spread of the virus.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman announced Friday that the government would re-evaluate its coronavirus containment measures, but dodged the question of if — and when — curfews should be imposed.

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It comes as the state of Bavaria declared Friday it is imposing — from midnight local time — state-wide exit restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus. The Bavarian State Premier Markus Soeder announced the measures will be in place for two weeks.

Several German state premiers and local communities have raised concerns about the rate of the virus’s spread across Germany — and have called for a nationwide lockdown.

However, Germany is a federal state and decisions cannot be implemented nationwide by the Chancellor — only in collaboration with state premiers.

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02:40 pm

Data from China shows the majority only suffer mild symptoms, then recover

Most people who contract the novel coronavirus experience mild symptoms, according to data from China, where the worst of the epidemic now appears to be over.

Last month, scientists from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention published a research paper analyzing the data for the first 72,314 people diagnosed with Covid-19.

Epidemiologists say it will take a long time to fully understand the mechanics of the coronavirus outbreak, but the information published by the Chinese scientists may give some insight into those most vulnerable to the virus.

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02:20 pm

Iran death roll reaches 1,556 with more than 20,000 cases recorded

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02:02 pm

Germany: 294 new cases and 2 new deaths

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01:45 pm

Spain: 3355 new cases and 233 new deaths

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01:30 pm

34 new cases in India

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01:13 pm

Vietnam to impose mandatory quarantine on all incoming travelers

Vietnam has announced a “mandatory centralized quarantine” for 14 days for most people entering the country to prevent the spread of coronavirus, state-run newspaper Chinhphu reported.

The measure starts Saturday and applies to both Vietnamese nationals and foreigners, except for those traveling for diplomatic and “official” purposes, who are required to self-quarantine at places of residence under the supervision of local authorities.

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An army spokesperson said Wednesday there are 140 quarantine areas that can accommodate as many as 44,718 people, according to Chinhphu.

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Vietnam has 91 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with no deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking cases reported by the World Health Organization and additional sources.

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01:00 pm

China donates 100,000 coronavirus testing kits to the Philippines

China has donated a total of 100,000 novel coronavirus testing kits to the Philippines, the state-run media Philippines News Agency said Saturday.

The kits — along with 10,000 N95 face masks, 100,000 surgical masks and 10,000 items of personal protective equipment — arrived in Manila on Saturday morning, the agency reported.

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12:48 pm

United States: More than 250 people died

At least 18,763 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to CNN Health’s tally of cases detected and tested through US public health systems. At least 258 people have died.

Here’s a breakdown of cases per state and territory:

  • Alabama: 106 cases
  • Alaska: 14 cases
  • Arizona: 63 cases, 1 death
  • Arkansas: 100 cases
  • California: 1,077 cases, 24 deaths
  • Colorado: 363 cases, 4 deaths
  • Connecticut: 194 cases, 4 deaths
  • Delaware: 39 cases
  • District of Columbia: 77 cases, 1 death
  • Florida: 514 cases, 9 deaths
  • Georgia: 420 cases, 13 deaths
  • Guam: 12 cases
  • Hawaii: 37 cases
  • Idaho: 23 cases
  • Illinois: 585 cases, 5 deaths 
  • Indiana: 79 cases, 3 deaths
  • Iowa: 45 cases
  • Kansas: 44 cases, 1 death
  • Kentucky: 63 cases, 2 deaths
  • Louisiana: 537 cases, 14 deaths
  • Maine: 56 cases
  • Maryland: 149 cases, 2 deaths
  • Massachusetts: 413 case, 1 death
  • Michigan: 549 cases, 3 deaths
  • Minnesota: 115 cases
  • Mississippi: 80 cases, 1 death
  • Missouri: 47 cases, 2 deaths
  • Montana: 15 cases
  • Nebraska: 32 cases
  • Nevada: 109 cases, 2 deaths
  • New Hampshire: 55 cases
  • New Jersey: 890 cases, 11 deaths
  • New Mexico: 43 cases
  • New York: 8,377 cases, 53 deaths
  • North Carolina: 137 cases
  • North Dakota: 26 cases
  • Ohio: 169 cases, 1 death
  • Oklahoma: 49 cases, 1 death
  • Oregon: 88 cases, 3 deaths
  • Pennsylvania: 268 cases, 1 death
  • Puerto Rico: 8 cases
  • Rhode Island: 54 cases
  • South Carolina: 125 cases, 1 death
  • South Dakota: 14 cases, 1 death
  • Tennessee: 228 cases
  • Texas: 202 cases, 5 deaths
  • US Virgin Islands: 3 cases
  • Utah: 112 cases
  • Vermont: 29 cases, 2 deaths
  • Virginia: 114 case, 2 deaths
  • Washington: 1,513 cases, 82 deaths
  • West Virginia: 8 cases
  • Wisconsin: 206 cases, 3 deaths
  • Wyoming: 18 cases
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12:36 pm

Singapore confirms its first coronavirus deaths

Two people have died in Singapore after contracting the novel coronavirus — the first fatalities in the city-state related to the global pandemic since the virus first emerged there weeks ago.

The victims were a 75-year-old woman and a 64-year-old man, according to the Singapore Ministry of Health. They both died in a local hospital.

The woman, a Singapore citizen, contracted the virus on February 23. She had chronic heart disease and a history of hypertension.

The man, an Indonesian national, also had a history of heart disease. He was infected on March 14.

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12:14 pm

The French army has prepared hospitals to help combat the spread of coronavirus in the country.

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12:01 pm

Indonesia confirmed 81 new cases of coronavirus, taking total to 450. The health ministry also said the death toll is now at 38 with six new deaths on Saturday.

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11:47 am

Kuwait health ministry has reported 17 new coronavirus cases in the country, bringing the total number of infected patients to 176.

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11:25 am

UAE: Five new cases recovered

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11:09 am

Oman: 4 new cases reported

Oman health ministry has reported four new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infected patients to 52.

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10:59 am

Qatar reports 10 new coronavirus cases, total at 470

Qatar confirmed 10 new coronavirus cases raising the total number of cases in the country to 470, the ministry of health said on Friday.

The ministry added that most of the new cases were related to travelers who recently came to Qatar from UK and Switzerland and were placed in quarantine. Five of the cases were Qatari nationals.

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10:36 am

The Philippine health ministry confirmed 32 new cases of coronavirus, raising toll to 262. One new fatality was reported.

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10:28 am

Jordan has started its nationwide curfew with sirens on Saturday morning, according to witnesses and officials, to combat the spread of the virus.

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10:08 am

Thailand has recorded 89 new coronavirus infections, the country’s highest one day rise.

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09:59 am

Singapore has reported its first two coronavirus fatalities, the health minister said on Saturday.

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09:38 am

US senators and White House negotiators said they will resume talks on Saturday for coronavirus economic stimulus bill.

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09:37 am

Bahrain: Latest update

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09:27 am

Morocco has confirmed new cases of COVID-19 on early Saturday, raising toll to 86.

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09:13 am

China: No new cases for the 3rd day in Wuhan

41 new cases, 7 new deaths (all in Hubei), and 590 new discharges occurred in China on March 20, as reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China. For the 3rd day in a row, no new confirmed or suspected cases have been reported in Wuhan and in Hubei

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08:59 am

Israel: First Fatality Reported

Israel reported its first fatality from the coronavirus on Friday, an 88-year-old man who also suffered from previous illnesses.

The Health Ministry said in a statement the man had been brought to the hospital about a week ago in serious condition.

Israel has so far reported 705 cases of coronavirus, the large majority with mild symptoms. About 10 patients are in serious condition and 15 have recovered completely.

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08:48 am

WHO has distributed 1.5 million lab tests around the world

The World Health Organization has distributed 1.5 million coronavirus lab tests around the world and they will need 80 to 100 times that, according to Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization health emergencies program.

Speaking at a WHO briefing on Friday, Ryan said, “If we look forward in this epidemic, and we project ourselves forward a number of months, and the amount of testing that is going to be needed, we need to scale that up approximately 80 to 100 times.”

“So, it’s not about doubling the availability of lab tests, it’s not about tripling it, it’s about potentially increasing that 80-fold. Now that’s an extreme analysis, but that’s what we need to aim for,” Ryan warned.

Addressing the impact on health systems, Ryan said, “Look at the intensive care units, completely overwhelmed, the doctors and nurses utterly exhausted. This is not normal. This isn’t just a bad flu season. These are health systems that are collapsing under the pressure of too many cases. This is not normal, this is not just a little bit worse than we’re used to.”

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08:37 am

US has fewer hospital beds than Italy per capita

The novel coronavirus outbreak in Italy — whose health care system has more hospital beds per 1,000 people than the United States — could signal a lack of preparedness on the US front, according to commentary published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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08:16 am

Spain: 3433 new cases and 262 new deaths

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08:03 am

3 new deaths in Georgia

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07:51 am

United States: 5274 new cases and 38 new deaths

  • Illinois: Governo Pritzker issues “stay at home” order for all residents
  • New York: Governor Cuomo orders 100% of all non-essential workers to stay home 
  • Pennsylvania: Governor Wolf orders all businesses that aren’t ‘life-sustaining’ to close
  • California: Governor Gavin Newson orders the state’s 40 million residents to “stay at home.” The order is “open ended.” Modeling predicts that 56% of the state’s population will be infected over the next eight weeks. Only essential businesses will be allowed to remain open.  All indoor public and private gatherings with 10 or more people are prohibited
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07:49 am

RoboPony: Chinese robot maker sees demand surge amid virus

While other industries struggle, Liu Zhiyong says China’s virus outbreak is boosting demand for his knee-high, bright yellow robots to deliver groceries and patrol malls looking for shoppers who fail to wear masks.

Liu, CEO of ZhenRobotics Corp., is among millions of entrepreneurs who are gradually getting back to work after China declared victory over the coronavirus that shut down the world’s second-largest economy.

ZhenRobotics’ flagship model is the six-wheeled, 68-centimeter-tall (27-inch-tall) RoboPony. The self-driving cart is sold to retailers, hospitals, malls and apartment complexes, The Associated Press reported.

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07:28 am

Bahrain Launches Contact Tracing App

The Kingdom of Bahrain’s health authorities has launched the ‘Be Aware’ app, which aims to support efforts to contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19) by advancing contact tracing efforts and raising awareness of active cases within the Kingdom. Read More…

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07:07 am

UAE Announces First Two Deaths

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, has announced the first two deaths caused by the novel coronavirus in the country. Read More…

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06:52 am

Australia

95 new cases in Australia, bringing Australia’s total coronavirus cases to over 1000 after NSW announced 83 new cases

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06:50 am

UAE Suspends Entry of GCC Citizens

The UAE has revised a decision to allow GCC citizens entry into the country.

The UAE on Friday issued a decision banning the entry of GCC nationals until a pre-examination mechanism for COVID-19 is approved.

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06:35 am

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia today reported 70 new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in the Kingdom to 344.

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