Live Updates: World Battles Coronavirus As Cases Continue To Rise

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Global Cases – Live Count

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 192 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).

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10:23 pm

115 more people have died in the UK

09:59 pm

Half a Million People Infected Worldwide

09:40 pm

Jordan recorded 40 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 212, while Irbid city has been completely cut off from the rest of the governorates. Elsewhere, Tunisia recorded 27 new cases, bringing the total number of those infected to 200.

09:28 pm

Bahrain: All Commercial and Industrial Shops Now Closed

09:16 pm

Bahrain: Violators of Public Gathering Ban to Face Imprisonment

09:00 pm

South Africa braced for a nationwide lockdown

09:00 pm

Global Cases – Live Count

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 192 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).

COVID-19 Cases Live Update

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08:45 pm

Chinese scientists reported it is possible, although rare, for pregnant mothers with the illness to pass the infection down to their babies

08:22 pm

Bahrain: 1 New Case Recorded

08:00 pm


“Prices of fruits and vegetables increased by almost 70% due to the global spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19),” stated vegetable and fruit trader, Redha Al-Bustani.

07:38 pm

Bahrain: Police Checks Closure Commitment

A big number of police officers and individuals spread over heavy-populated and commercial areas to check closure commitment. The responsible police of those areas, the Capital Governorate’s Police Directorate, toured a number of areas in central Manama for that purpose.

07:25 pm

Bahrain: No cases with unknown sources

07:21 pm


Lt. Col. Dr. Manaf Al Qahtani, Infectious Diseases Consultant & Microbiologist at the BDF Hospital said that there are sufficient beds and staff.

07:20 pm

Two passengers on Grand Princess Cruise die

The Grand Princess, which was carrying 3,500 passengers and crew members, docked at the Port of Oakland earlier this month after at least 21 people tested positive for coronavirus.

07:20 pm

Bahrain is one of the first to use Hydroxychloroquine effectively

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Sixty-three passengers were repatriated from Iran last night – 30% are positive and are receiving treatment.

07:16 pm

Bahrain: Medical Centre Sanitised Following Visit of Infected Patient

Dar Al Hayat Medical Centre announced that a COVID-19 positive patient attended the GP clinic on 21st March without adhering to the health quarantine instructions.

07:00 pm

Germany: 4091 new cases and 30 new deaths

07:00 pm

Global Cases – Live Count

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 192 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).

COVID-19 Cases Live Update

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  • Overall
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View cases by countries
06:50 pm

India delays first phase of census

India, the world’s second most populated country after China, is delaying the first phase of the national census as well as the National Population Register (NPR) due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed via an official Twitter account for Census of India 2021.

06:50 pm

Kuwait: Over 600 expats repatriated

The expats included 342 Egyptians and 254 Filipinos, all over left in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

06:41 pm

UK: 320 new cases and 12 new deaths

06:35 pm

Global Cases

Total: 492,250
Deaths: 22,180
Recoveries: 119,732

06:15 pm

Switzerland: 678 new cases and 19 new deaths

06:00 pm

Spain: 6673 new cases and 442 new deaths

05:40 pm

Kuwait: 13 new cases

05:40 pm

Philippines: 71 new cases and 7 new deaths

05:30 pm

India: Dalai Lama will donate food and medicine

05:20 pm

Israel has recorded a new death, increasing toll to 6

05:15 pm

Bahrain: Alosra Saar Reopens Following Infection Scare

05:10 pm

Australia: 130 new cases and 2 new deaths

05:00 pm

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Ministry of Health recorded 112 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 1012. The Kingdom reported 33 recoveries and three deaths so far.

04:56 pm

Europe cases surpass 250,000

The number of declared coronavirus cases in Europe topped 250,000, more than half of which are in Italy and Spain, according to an AFP tally Thursday at 1200 GMT.

04:45 pm

Qatar Airways revenue drops 80%

04:38 pm

Global Cases

Total: 490,257
Deaths: 22,156
Recoveries: 118,060

04:20 pm

Bahrain: 30 Trucks and 2 Cargo Planes Loaded With Food Arrives

04:03 pm

UAE: Auto Renewal of Work Permits, Visas Announced

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BRAVE Combat Federation Bantamweight fighter Hamza Kooheji has become one of the voices of the #BRAVECombatsCovid19 worldwide campaign, which is set to impact thousands of fans around the world with awareness over the dangers of the virus and how to better protect yourself and your loved ones.

03:15 pm

Lebanon has recorded 35 new cases, increasing total to 368

03:00 pm

European Airlines

European airlines’ revenues are now expected to fall by $76 billion in 2020 with capacity down by more than 80 percent year-on-year, IATA said. Many of the region’s airlines have cash for less than two months’ shutdown, an IATA official added.

03:00 pm

Global Cases – Live Count

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 192 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).

02:45 pm

Slower rise in deaths reported in Spain

Spain has announced another 655 fatalities from the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, but the figure is below the daily rise recorded on Wednesday.

The latest figures, announced by the health ministry, take Spain’s death toll to more than 4,000.

The latest figures offer support to government claims that the daily rise in deaths might be stabilising. On Wednesday Fernando Simón, head of Spain’s health emergency centre, said: “If we are not already at the peak, we are very close.”

02:34 pm

Italy: More than 70,000 cases and 7,000 deaths in total

02:30 pm

Bahrain: 38 New Cases of Coronavirus, Total at 249

02:25 pm

Covid-19 deaths exceed 4,000 in Spain, nation with most fatalities after Italy

02:15 pm

USA: Total deaths cross 1000

02:11 pm

Bahrain’s quarantine, isolation and treatment capacities outlined

The current capacity for treatment centres stands at 1,667 beds of which 225 beds are occupied, and the capacity for quarantine centres stands at 2,504 beds of which 172 beds are occupied.

Additionally, the compartmentalised structure of quarantine centres allows for quick conversion to treatment centres if required.

02:09 pm

Lebanon is set to extend a countrywide lockdown by two weeks until 12 April

01:53 pm

Iran: 157 deaths, 2,389 new cases

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, announced plans for a $35 fine for any Iranian breaching new social distancing laws, adding anyone found driving a car outside their town of residence will have their car confiscated for a month.

01:41 pm

Coronavirus: Kuwait Records 13 New cases , Total Now at 208

01:22 pm

Vietnamese airline launches controversial coronavirus insurance

Vietnamese airline Vietjet has launched an insurance policy named “SKY COVID CARE” that allows passengers to claim up to 200 million Vietnamese dong ($8,550) if they are infected with the virus while travelling on one of its flights.

The aim of the policy, which is free of charge and covers all domestic flights between March 23 and June 30, is to help “bring passengers assurance,” according to the airline.

In an official statement, Vietjet says it’s prepared to pay out “tens of billion dong” to ensure that its customers feel at ease while travelling during the ongoing crisis.

01:11 pm

Kuwait announces six new recoveries, total recovered cases 49

The newly recovered cases are of Kuwaiti nationals and include three men and three women, Kuwait News Agency reported citing the health ministry.

Kuwait has reported 195 confirmed cases.

01:01 pm

Dubai halts eviction judgements for residential, commercial facilities

12:52 pm

Moscow closes all restaurants, stores and parks for a week

12:51 pm

First Batch of Omani Students Arrived

The first batch of Omani students who are studying abroad returned to the country on Thursday and they will be subjected to medical examination, the National Committee for Emergency Management said.

12:43 pm

India outlines $22.6 billion economic stimulus to help poor hit by lockdown

12:30 pm

UK: Coronavirus Home-testing To Be Made Available to Millions

Millions of 15-minute home coronavirus tests are set to be available on the high street or for Amazon delivery to people self-isolating, according to Public Health England (PHE), in a move that could restore many people’s lives to a semblance of pre-lockdown normality.

The UK government has bought 3.5m tests – which reveal whether someone has had the virus and is therefore thought to have some immunity – and is ordering millions more, it has said.

12:18 pm

Death toll tops 21,000 globally

12:10 pm

Oldest person to recover is 96 years old

A 96-year-old woman is now the oldest South Korean to fully recover from the coronavirus

11:55 am

UAE Sterilisation Drive: ‘Residents Must Stay Home’

UAE authorities addressed the media on Thursday to release details of the sterilisation drive, aimed to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the country, which is to take place over the weekend starting at 8pm on Thursday.

Residents have been directed to stay indoors from 8pm on Thursday to 6am on Sunday. Read more…

11:40 am

Current Global Count Status

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 198 countries and territories around the world

Coronavirus Cases: 472,882

Deaths: 21,308

Recovered: 114,773

11:29 am

UAE Arrests 64 For Breaking Self-Quarantine Law

On Thursday, the UAE’s Ministry of Interior confirmed that it has referred 64 people to the country’s Public Prosecution for violating Federal Law No. 14 of 2014 with regards to the prevention of communicable diseases, reported official news agency WAM. Read More…

11:15 am

Dubai Police using drones to keep public spaces ban enforced

Dubai Police are using drones to ensure members of the public are avoiding the emirate’s beaches and other public spaces.

The UAE government has urged the public to stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary to buy essential supplies, such as food and medicine, or perform essential jobs, measures aimed at limiting social contact between people and avoiding crowded places.

10:46 am

UN warns that coronavirus could do “potentially catastrophic” damage in prisons

As the coronavirus begins to strike in prisons and detention centers, the UN is urging governments “not to forget those behind bars” and protect the staff members working in those facilities.

“Governments are facing huge demands on resources in this crisis and are having to take difficult decisions,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in a statement Wednesday.

10:18 am

Three cruise ships off the coast of Western Australia have been refused permission to dock

10:06 am

UAE businesses to get 20% reduction in water and electricity bills

09:54 am

Bahrain: Second group of Iran repatriates arrive

The second group of citizens have arrived from Iran safety, the Ministry of Health announced. Read more

09:43 am

Kuwait: 9 expats arrested for violating curfew

Kuwait arrested nine expatriates on Monday for violating the country’s newly implemented curfew.

In a statement, the Ministry of Interior’s public relations and security media department, said the nine, who were caught in the Farwaniyah area, will be deported immediately.

09:32 am

Qatar is shutting all in-person money transfer services today

09:22 am

Russia will stop all international flights starting Friday

08:53 am

Switzerland surpasses 10,000 coronavirus cases, extends border controls

08:37 am

UAE:Work permits, residence visas to be issued automatically

UAE has announced the exemption of medical tests for workers whose work permits have expired.

Work permits and residence visas will be issued and renewed automatically for labourers employed by companies and support service staff such as domestic workers as part of precautionary measures taken by the UAE to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Under the new measures, labourers need not go to the medical examination centres across the country. The fees for such services will be collected through the authorised payment channels. Once the fee is paid, the workers will remain legitimate residents of the UAE.

08:37 am

Japan sets up virus task force as cases spike

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered a government task force be set up in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as the number of cases in the country spiked today.

Wednesday saw the highest single-day jump in cases so far, with 98 new cases.

08:31 am

Travelers entering South Korea must download a self-quarantine app

Travelers from the US and Europe entering South Korea will now be required to download a government self-quarantine smartphone app, according to the country’s Central Disaster Relief Headquarters.

The app will remind users to check their symptoms every day, and will monitor their location to confirm they are following the quarantine order.

Violating quarantine is punishable by up to one year in prison or a fine of up to 10 million won ($8,150).

08:23 am

King Salman calls for a united global response to coronavirus

On the eve of a virtual global summit of G20 leaders, convened by Saudi Arabia, which currently holds the group’s presidency, on coronavirus outbreak and its economic fallout, King Salman made a strong appeal for coordinated united action.

“As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges to healthcare systems and the global economy, we convene this extraordinary G20 summit to unite efforts towards a global response, King Salman said in a tweet.

08:14 am

UN: 2 billion dollars needed to help poorer countries

Poorer countries need 2 billion dollars of international humanitarian aid to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said in launching a major donation appeal on Wednesday.

He noted that people in those nations often live in cramped refugee camps where they do not have the means to self-isolate, lack clean water and soap to wash their hands, and do not have access to hospital beds and ventilators if they become seriously ill.

08:12 am

77 people are showing symptoms on a cruise ship headed for Florida

A total of 77 people aboard Holland America’s cruise ship “Zaandam” are reporting flu-like symptoms, according to a news release on the cruise line’s website.

The 77 people consist of 30 passengers and 47 crew members.

07:57 am

UAE: 85 coronavirus cases, total at 333

The UAE on Wednesday announced 85 new novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and the recovery of seven more individuals.

The health authorities have so far reported 333 coronavirus cases.

07:53 am

Spain is extending its state of emergency

The Spanish government voted to extend the current state of emergency until April 12 as the country continues to grapple with one of the world’s most severe novel coronavirus outbreaks.

07:20 am

UAE: Restricted movement from March 26-29

The United Arab Emirates will shut down public transport and restrict movement during the course of the national campaign of sterilization of public facilities from 8 p.m. Thursday March 26 to 6 a.m.

Throughout this period, traffic and public movement will be restricted, and public transportation and metro service will be suspended.

The ministries said the authorities will be enforcing the movement restriction by checking and verifying ID cards and business cards.

07:00 am

Coronavirus death toll tops 21,000 globally

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