COVID-19: >210,000 cases, 'Enemy Against Humanity'

Source: People's Daily, Xinhua, CGTN, China Daily, Global Times, CBS, iFeng, Baidu, Global  News Agencies, Majdi


Italy Report 475 New Deaths

The death toll from the outbreak of coronavirus in Italy surged in the last 24 hours by 475 to 2,978, an increase of 19 percent. It was the biggest jump in numerical terms since the contagion came to light last month.

Lombardy Governor Attilio Fontana said medical facilities will "soon" be unable to help new coronavirus cases, urging Italians to stay at home.

At least 2,629 health workers have been infected by coronavirus since the onset of the outbreak in February, representing more than eight percent of total cases, according to a report published on Wednesday by Gruppo Italiano per la Medicina Basata sulle Evidenze or GIMBE - Italy's Group for Evidence-based Medicine.

Countries/Regions With Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

WHO chief says COVID-19 'enemy against humanity'

The head of the World Health Organization said the new coronavirus was an "enemy against humanity" as the number of people infected in the pandemic soared past 200,000.

"This coronavirus is presenting us with an unprecedented threat," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists in a virtual news conference, stressing it was "an unprecedented opportunity to come together as one against a common enemy: an enemy against humanity."

A Rush of News

EU calls on streaming platforms to ease pressure on internet capacity. 

Portugal moves to declare state of emergency to fight coronavirus. 

Peruvian president announces nighttime curfew as coronavirus spreads.

The United Arab Emirates said it had banned its citizens from travelling abroad until further notice. 

Turkey will close its rail and land border with Bulgaria and Greece. 

US-Canada border to close to nonessential travel. 

Malta will stop all incoming passenger flights on Saturday. 

Malaysia shut its borders with Singapore, beginning a 14-day partial lockdown. 

Two US Congress members test positive: Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Democrat, and Rep. Ben McAdams, both said on Wednesday they tested positive for the coronavirus. 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that schools in England will be closed for most students starting Friday, after Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland announced similar measures.

(China) Taiwan authorities announced Wednesday that no one but its own residents shall be allowed to enter the region starting Thursday. 

General Motors and Toyota to temporarily suspend production in North America. 

All Ikea stores in the U.S. are closing. 

NYSE to temporarily close trading floor, move to electronic trading because of coronavirus. 

The United States is suspending all routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa services in most countries worldwide due to coronavirus outbreak. 

Australian airline Qantas and its subsidiary Jetstar will suspend scheduled international flights from late March until at least the end of May due to the coronavirus crisis.

Countries Confirming First Case

Pakistan confirmed first two deaths. The first patient was a 50-year-old man who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia. A second patient was pronounced dead in the city of Peshawar. The patient was a 36-year-old man from Hangu, KP.

Moldova reported its first death from coronavirus. 

Mauritius has confirmed its first 3 infection cases. 

Djibouti on Wednesday has confirmed its first infection case. 

Iran reported 147 more deaths, its single biggest jump.

Bank employees wear protective face masks and clothes at work in Tehran [Reuters]

The 15 percent spike raised the death toll to 1,135 people nationwide.

The rise in deaths comes as the number of infections continues to grow each day, with some 17,361 people infected, according to Iran's deputy health minister, Alireza Raisi.

France Reports 89 New Deaths Last 24 hours

The coronavirus outbreak has caused 89 new deaths across France over the last 24 hours bringing the total death toll in the country to 264, a top French health official said.

"We have an epidemic that is rapidly becoming more serious," Jerome Salomon told reporters, adding that France now had 9,134 confirmed cases, 3,626 of whom were in hospital.

Donations from China

A batch of one million donated medical masks arrived in Belgium on Wednesday, en route to France, the medical supply was mobilized by two Chinese charities to help combat the spread of the COVID-19, according to Xinhua report.

China has decided to donate 100,000 more test kits and other urgently-needed medical supplies to the Philippines to help fight COVID-19 spread.

Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian said Wednesday the assistance includes another 100,000 test kits, 100,000 surgical masks, 10,000 N95 masks, and 10,000 sets of personal protective equipment.

On Wednesday, Cambodia's Ministry of Health Spokeswoman Or Vandine said China has donated 2,016 fast test kits for COVID-19 in a bid to help the country fight the virus.

Coronavirus Dog in HK Dies 2 Days After Release

[CGTN] A pet dog that tested "weak positive" several times for coronavirus died on Monday, two days after its release, local media reported, citing the dog's owner.

The dog was released on Saturday after finally testing negative for the virus.

Its owner has rejected a necropsy to ascertain the cause of death.

Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said three tests were conducted on the dog in February and March, all showing a "low-level" infection of coronavirus.

The animal never displayed any virus-related symptoms.

Hubei Recovering

In numbers. 

Merkel Calls Coronavirus 'Biggest challenge since WWII'

Germany is facing its biggest challenge "since the Second World War" in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a television address urging citizens to heed sweeping confinement measures.

"The situation is serious. Take it seriously. Not since German reunification, no, not since the Second World War has our country faced a challenge that depends so much on our collective solidarity," she said.

Germany expanded entry restrictions to include flights from Italy, Spain, Austria, France, Luxembourg, Denmark and Switzerland, the interior ministry said on Wednesday. 

Price of oil plummets 24% on recession fears

Oil prices had another jaw-dropping skid Wednesday, sending the price of U.S. crude oil below $21 a barrel for the first time since 2002.

Benchmark US oil lost $6.58, or 24.4 percent, to settle at $20.37 a barrel. Brent, the international standard, dropped $2.85, or 13.4 percent, to close at $24.88.


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