Saudi Arabia Records 70 new cases
USA: Tax payment deadline extended by 3 months
The vast majority of Americans are getting 90 extra days to pay their federal income taxes.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced the policy change in a White House briefing earlier today. The IRS will waive interest and penalty fees for those who owe up to $1 million for 90 days after April 15, effectively moving the due date for paying what you owe the IRS back three months.
U.K. to pay 80 percent of wages to employees not working because of the virus outbreak
In an unprecedented step for the British government, the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, said the state would pay grants covering up to 80% of the salary of workers if companies kept them on their payroll, rather than lay them off as the economy crashes. The extraordinary payments will be worth up to a maximum of £2,500 per month, just above the median income.
Ohio, USA reports first death
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the state has had its first death from coronavirus, as the number of cases across the country continues to climb.
Canada closes border to asylum seekers
Italy: Male mortality rate twice that of females
Dr Deborah Birx said evidence indicates the coronavirus fatality rate is twice as high for men across all age groups, based on data from Italy, which has recorded the most coronavirus deaths.
Saudi Arabia Announces Emergency Fund
Saudi Arabia announces $32 billion in emergency rescue funds to mitigate oil, virus impact
Greece announces further restrictions
In Greece, the government has announced further restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the novel virus as the death toll from Covid-19 climbed to eight.
As of 6 am tomorrow, travel to islands will only be allowed by local residents, following mounting evidence of Athenians snapping up ferry bookings for islands en masse. Ships carrying essential provisions will be exempt from the ban. Pleasure boats out at sea will also have to dock permanently.
Group gatherings of more than ten are banned with 1,000 euro penalties, per person, for infractions.
Saudi suspends domestic flights, public transport
Saudi Arabia is suspending domestic flights, trains, buses and taxis for 14 days in a heightened effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19.
The new measure will take effect at 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020.
WHO Director-General Warns Youth
The WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “I have a message for young people: you are not invincible. This virus could put you in the hospital for weeks or even kill you.”
Cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants must close tonight in UK
Major London Hospital Declares “Critical Incident”
A major London hospital has declared a “critical incident” due to a surge in patients with coronavirus.
In a message to staff, Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow said it has no critical care capacity left and was contacting neighbouring hospitals to discuss transferring patients who need critical care to other sites.
Italy Announces 627 Deaths
Jordan announces curfew till further notice
Jordan has announced a round-the-clock curfew from Saturday morning until further notice to battle the coronavirus outbreak, the government announced.
The exceptional measure, to be applied for an indefinite period, was taken after “citizens did not respect directives” calling on them not to leave their homes except for extreme emergencies, government spokesman Amjad Adayleh said.
He warned that lack of compliance with the curfew would result in “immediate imprisonment, which will not exceed one year”.
Bogotá, Colombia’s capital goes into quarantine
Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, is the latest Latin American capital to go into city-wide quarantine, albeit for a trial period until Tuesday.
The Andean capital, with a population of nearly 8m, went under quarantine on at midnight last night, shuttering local businesses in a bid to slow the spread of Covid-19.
Capital cities across Latin America are currently locked down, including Lima in Peru, Buenos Aires in Argentina, and Caracas in Venezuela.
US-Mexico Border Closing to Non-Essential Travel
Trump said the secretary of state Mike Pompeo would announce restrictions on US-Mexican border travel today.
However, the president then appeared to preempt the announcement by saying the southern border was closing to non-essential travel.
Brazil Declares Emergency
Brazil declared a state of emergency on Friday, freeing up funds for the federal government to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Restrictions on US-Canada Travel
The Canada-US border is expected to be closed by Saturday for non-essential travel
Trump Activates Defense Production Act
US President Donald Trump said on Friday he had put the Defense Production Act into action after saying earlier this week he would invoke the measure but essentially put it on hold until needed.
The measure is meant to allow the US government to speed production of masks, respirators, ventilators and other needed equipment to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
Trump said he put the measure into action on Thursday evening.
Bahrain Records 13 New Cases Today
UK Death Toll reaches 177
The total number of confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in the UK now stands at 177
All non-essential workers in New York must stay home
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced all non-essential workers in the state must stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Belgium’s Charleroi airport closed for commercial flights
Belgium’s Charleroi airport has announced that it will close to commercial flights for at least two weeks because of travel restrictions imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Tunisia Orders National Lock down
The Tunisian president has ordered a national lockdown to counter the coronavirus.
Iran: Large Numbers Take to the Roads for New Year
Appeals by the Iranian government for the nation to stay at home at the start of Iranian new year have been widely ignored with more than 1.2 million taking to the roads, according to the Iranian police.
Northern towns on the Caspian coast, one of the main holiday destinations, reported tens of thousands of cars trying to reach them.
USA: New restrictions for more states
US states of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are to close all barbershops, nail and hair salons, tattoo shops, and similar services from tomorrow at 8 pm.
UK government discusses new London clampdown
The government was today actively discussing a new clampdown on London with pubs, cinemas and gyms being ordered to close to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bavaria to impose curfews from Saturday morning
Bavaria is going to impose curfews from Saturday morning in an attempt to further curb the spread of Corvid-19 in the southernmost German state.
From midnight on Friday people in Bavaria will only be allowed to leave their homes if they can show their trip outside is strictly necessary, such as commuting to work, vital shopping, doctors appointments or seeing people who require care.
South Africa blocks disembarkation by ‘high risk’ passengers
As coronavirus cases in South Africa jumped to 202, the most in the sub-Saharan region, the continent’s and the country’s busiest airport said foreigners cannot disembark.
Russian protests to be scaled back due to virus threat
Opponents of Vladimir Putin’s plans to amend the constitution so that he can run for president again in 2024 have said they had been forced to scale back Russian protests this weekend due to coronavirus but would press ahead with some demonstrations.
Putin’s changes, which have already been approved by both houses of parliament, would overturn a current constitutional ban on him running for president again in 2024, allowing him to potentially stay in power until 2036.
Saudi Arabia: Hospital Staff Tests Positive
Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center in Riyadh has reported that one of its staff was tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday.
Total Tally in India Reaches 252
- Five more people tested positive in Kerala taking the state’s count to 36
- Chandigarh confirmed four more novel coronavirus cases
- 3 new cases have been reported in Maharashtra, taking the total toll to 52 in the state
- In Gujarat, 2 people from Ahmedabad and 1 from Vadodara have been tested positive
- Four more people have been tested positive for novel coronavirus in Lucknow
- A man who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia was tested positive in Visakhapatnam
Indian PM Calls for Country-Wide Curfew on 22nd March
- Delhi metro will shut
- All malls will be shut in Delhi
- Maharastrian cities Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad to be closed till March 31st
Death toll in Spain surges by 30 percent
The death toll from the coronavirus in Spain surged 30 percent within a day, according to authorities, as the grim tally rose from 767 on Thursday to 1,002 today.
China reported no new local infections
China reported no new local infections for the second consecutive day
Iran: Deaths Reach to 1,433
Iran health ministry official said 1,433 have died so far from new coronavirus, and the number of infected cases has risen to 19,644.
Germany: 1306 new cases
South Korea: 87 new cases and 3 new deaths
Malaysia: 130 New Cases
Malaysia has recorded 130 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 1,030.
Hong Kong: 48 new cases, a record day high for the country
Philippines: 13 New Cases
The Philippines’ Department of Health reports 13 new cases bringing country’s total to 230.
Kuwait: 11 new cases
The Philippines: 230 Active Cases
The Philippines has recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, raising total to 230. One additional death has been reported, bringing death toll to 18.
Qatar has partially scrapped the requirements for expatriates to get a permit to leave the country amid coronavirus outbreak.
Argentina has gone into complete lockdown
The government had already shut borders, cancelled almost all flights with the exception of repatriations, closed schools and mandated a 14-day quarantine for anyone traveling from virus hotspots.
Turkey: All Events Postponed
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree on Friday postponing all events related to science, culture and art, as it seeks to contain a surge in coronavirus cases.
UAE: 27 new cases confirmed
The UAE announced on Thursday the detection of 27 new coronavirus cases and the recovery of five patients.
The 27 new cases were discovered at an early stage due to effective monitoring methods. All of the individuals newly diagnosed are from various nationalities, Al Hosani noted.
Thailand: 50 New Cases
Thailand has reported 50 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing total to 322.
India: 12 new cases and 1 new death
The 5th death in India is that of a 69-year-old Italian tourist in Jaipur.
United States: 577 new cases and 10 new deaths
- 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
- 4 new deaths in New York, as De Blasio is demanding the federal government mobilize the military to help in the response efforts
- First 2 deaths in Wisconsin: a man in his 50s from Fond Du Lac County and a man in his 90s from Ozaukee County
- First 2 deaths in Vermont: a man from Windsor County and a woman from Chittenden County, both older individuals who likely received the virus through community transmission
- 1 new presumptive death in Ohio
- 1 new death in Connecticut: a man in his 80s from New Canaan (the second person from New Canaan to die)
Saudi Arabia has suspended domestic flights, trains, buses and taxis for two weeks in the Kingdom on Friday, as it heightens its efforts against the new coronavirus.
South Korea to test all travelers from Europe for coronavirus
South Korea says it will test every person entering the country from Europe for coronavirus, starting on Sunday, the country’s health ministry announced Friday.
Some 87 new coronavirus cases were reported by South Korea on Friday, raising the national total to 8,652 — though the rate of new infections has slowed significantly since the country’s outbreak reached its peak.
Three new coronavirus-related deaths were also reported, bringing the national total to 94.
Coronavirus: 10 Discharged, 1 New Case In Bahrain
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that there are 168 active Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Bahrain. Read More…
Saudi Arabia reports 36 cases
Thirty-six new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been announced today in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Ministry of Health said that 17 cases are recorded for arrivals coming from Morocco, Britain, Spain, Iran, Pakistan, Kuwait, Iraq, India, USA and Egypt.
In a statement today, the ministry pointed out that other 19 cases are confirmed for persons who were in contact with previous infected cases.