Live Updates: Coronavirus Sparks Fears As Cases Rise In Middle East

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10:24 pm

Italy: 2,547 new cases and 250 new deaths

2,547 new cases and 250 new deaths in Italy. The highest number of deaths per day in the world ever (including China at its peak) has been reported in Italy in each of the last four days.


08:30 pm

Oman suspends issuance of tourist visas

Oman will suspend the issuance of tourist visas from Mar.15 for a period of 30 days and will not allow cruise ships to dock at the sultanate’s ports during this period, the foreign ministry said on Twitter, citing an ad hoc government committee to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

All sport activities will also be suspended during this period, it said.


08:15 pm

Spain: 15-day State of Emergency Declared

1,188 new cases and 36 new deaths in Spain, which declares a 15-day State of Emergency


07:53 pm

208 new cases in the UK

English Premier League suspended until at least April 3. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland halt games.


07:49 pm

Most Awaited Bahrain Grand Prix Postponed!

On 13 March 2020, Formula 1 and the FIA, in consultation with The Bahrain International Circuit and The Bahrain Motor Federation, announced the postponement of the Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for 20 to 22 March 2020. Read More…


05:45 pm

Trump was in physical proximity of infected Brazilian official

President Trump was in close physical proximity with the Brazilian president’s press secretary Saturday night — who has now tested positive for the coronavirus.

The press secretary attended the dinner Trump hosted at his Mar a Lago resort in Florida, took a photo with Trump, and later stood feet away from the President as he spoke during Kimberly Guilfoyle’s birthday, the sources said.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement Thursday saying, “Both the President and Vice President had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time.”

“The White House Medical Unit and the United States Secret Service has been working closely with various agencies to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the First & Second Families, and all White House staff healthy,” Grisham added.  (CNN)


05:15 pm

Iran health officials said 11,364 have been infected so far with coronavirus, with 514 deaths.


05:00 pm

Nepal closes Mount Everest for climbers

Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains including Mount Everest.

It earns about $4.4 million a year in permit fees from climbers aiming to scale the world’s highest peak and other mountains.

Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai said expeditions to all peaks in the March-May spring season had been suspended.


04:30 pm

English Premier League matches suspended until April 4

The English Premier League has been suspended until at least April 4, subject to medical advice and conditions at that time.

The decision was made after shareholders met on Friday and unanimously decided to suspend the professional game in England, the EPL said in a statement.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said that the league wished Arsenal’s head coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi “speedy recoveries,” after they both tested positive for coronavirus.

In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA (Football Association) and EFL (English Football League) and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority,” he added.

The aim is to reschedule fixtures when it is safe to do so and further updates will be provided when appropriate, the statement said.


04:00 pm

Kazakhstan has reported its first cases of coronavirus, according to its health ministry.


03:36 pm

Iraq: Domestic travel banned

Iraq bans domestic travel between provinces from March 15-25 except for emergencies, trade, and employees commuting, due to coronavirus.


03:15 pm

Israel: Public schools closed

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered most public schools closed as a precaution against coronavirus.


03:00 pm

Morocco: New Case Confirmed

The Moroccan health ministry confirmed a new coronavirus case, bringing the total number of infections to 7


02:47 pm

Bahrain: Latest Update


02:45 pm

India: IPL 2020 suspended till April 15th

We have decided to suspend IPL 2020 till April 15, as a precautionary measure against the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) situation – BCCI


02:15 pm

Etihad Flights Suspended

UAE’s Etihad said that flights to and from Rome and Milan will be temporarily suspended from March 14, the airline’s Twitter post said.


02:01 pm

Dubai: Major horse race without spectators this time

Dubai said that it would hold a major horse race without spectators later this month in response to the new coronavirus. The Dubai World Cup, planned for March 28, is the world’s richest purse for horse racing, with a $12 million prize last year.


02:00 pm

Iran: Death toll reaches 429

Iran records 1,075 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, while death toll reaches 429, a health official said.


01:45 pm

Kenya confirmed its first coronavirus case, the country’s health minister said.


01:27 pm

Saudi Arabia Announces 17 New Cases

The Saudi Ministry of Health announced 17 new cases of coronavirus on March 12, bringing the total in the Kingdom to 62. Read More…


01:15 pm

1 new case in Georgia

A 29-year-old female from Charlton County who came to the Camden Campus ER with respiratory symptoms on Saturday, March 7.

She was treated and released, but then returned to the hospital on Monday, March 9, with worsening symptoms.

The patient has no travel history or known exposure.


01:00 pm

EU-UK face-to-face Brexit trade talks cancelled

The move threatens a timeline which many in the EU thought was already optimistic, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeking a new deal by the end of the year.


12:45 pm

India: Google employee from Bengaluru tests positive

A fifth person in Karnataka, India diagnosed with the novel coronavirus Covid-19 has been identified as an employee of Google.

“We can confirm that an employee from our Bangalore office has been diagnosed with COVID-19.”

“They were in one of our Bangalore offices for a few hours before developing any symptoms,” the Google spokesperson said in a statement.

The employee has been on quarantine since then.


12:30 pm

China: Shanghai reopens skyscraper viewing platforms

As the coronavirus outbreak stabilizes in China, attractions and hotels are slowly getting back to business.

According to Ctrip, China’s leading travel site, about 25% of the China-based attractions on its platform have begun receiving visitors again.

These attractions include the Top of Shanghai Observatory at Shanghai Tower — the tallest building in China — and the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower observation deck, both of which reopened doors to tourists on Thursday.

Visitors to both towers are required to wear face masks and will have their temperatures taken at the door. They must also show their personal color-coded mobile QR code — a system recently implemented by China to monitor citizens’ quarantine status — before entering.


12:15 pm

American Airline pilot tests positive for coronavirus

An American Airlines pilot has tested positive for coronavirus, according to the airline and a second source familiar with the matter.

“American’s Chief Medical Officer and leaders from our pilots’ office have been in touch with our Dallas Fort Worth based pilot who tested positive for COVID-19. We are in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health officials and are coordinating with them on all required health and safety measures,” according to a statement from the airline.”

The pilot is based out of Dallas-Fort Worth, according to the source familiar with the matter.

An airline official says on background that they believe the risk of transmission to passengers to be low. The airline provided no further information about the circumstances or condition of any other crew that worked with the infected pilot.

The airline official declined to provide any information on the pilot’s condition, citing privacy reasons.


11:55 am

1 new case in Taiwan

A 50-year-old American male who works in Taiwan. After receiving 4 American friends (two couples) from Feb. 24 to Feb 26, he developed chills, cough, and fever on Feb 27, March 4, and 7, when he was admitted to the hospital. One of the couples already had chills, cough, and fatigue on Feb. 24, the other developed symptoms upon returning to the US


11:12 am

China: Case numbers and death toll continue to fall

China continues to report a drop in daily cases and a lower death toll from the novel coronavirus, with the latest tallies for both categories in single digits.

Seven more people died in mainland China yesterday, according to the country’s National Health Commission (NHC).

There were eight new confirmed cases, five of which were in Wuhan, the epicenter of the pandemic.

The drop in new daily cases is especially striking given that just a month or two ago, the country was reporting thousands of new cases per day.

Total cases: China has reported 80,813 cases and 3,176 deaths since the outbreak began last December.

Total recoveries: 64,111 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital, according to the NHC.


11:10 am

South Korea virus cases continue to slow

South Korea’s coronavirus cases continue to slow, with the country reporting 110 new infections on Wednesday — the lowest daily increase since February 22.


10:30 am

Paris: Disney World, Disneyland Resort to close over coronavirus concerns

Due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort will close at the end of the business day Sunday through the end of the month, the company said in a statement tonight.

Disney Cruise Line will also suspend all new departures beginning Saturday through the end of the month, the company added.

Disney cast members will be paid during the closure period, and hotels and dining complexes at both Disney World and Disneyland Paris will stay open until further notice, according to the company statement.


10:11 am

Australia: Home Affairs Minister has contracted the coronavirus

Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs has confirmed that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

In a statement released today, minister Peter Dutton said that he woke up this morning “with a temperature and sore throat” and was “subsequently tested for COVID-19.”


09:22 am

Canada’s first lady tests positive

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from Trudeau’s office. She is feeling well, only has mild symptoms, and will remain in isolation, the statement said.



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