COVID-19 Updates (17/3)

At the time of writing, 185,067 cases of the coronavirus have been reported with 7,330 deaths. China, Italy, Iran, and Spain continue to be the most affected countries of the pandemic.

China has reported 80,934 cases and 3,226 deaths since the outbreak began last December. More than 67,000 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

Spikes in the number of cases of the coronavirus continue to plague Europe as Spain confirms more than 11,000 cases with additional 167 deaths reported today whereas Italy has the highest death toll in Europe at 2,158.

Iran has confirmed 1,178 new cases of coronavirus, the biggest increase the country has seen over a 24-hour period. The national numbers now stand at 14,991 cases with 2158 deaths.

Pakistan coronavirus cases triple in two days.

The Hong Kong government has announced a worldwide outbound travel alert that excludes Taiwan, Mainland China and Macao. The Chief Executive has also urged Hong Kong citizens to avoid non-essential travel.

Hong Kong is using electronic wristbands to monitor those under quarantine.

The government of Macao will ban all travelers from overseas countries from entering starting from midnight on March 18.

All visitors, regardless of the port of origin, are to undergo a temperature check when entering South Korea. Those exhibiting symptoms will be required to take a diagnostic test and quarantine for two weeks. South Korea is extending its postponement of the first day of school from March 23 to April 6.

Japanese citizens are advised not to travel to all of Iceland, as well as some provinces of Italy, Spain, and Switzerland.

India is banning all travelers from the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom from midnight Wednesday local time, the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

All riders on Prague’s metro, buses, and trams must wear a protective face mask to travel.

EU suspends all non-essential foreign arrivals to halt pandemic spread. All trips between non-European countries and the EU and the Schengen zone suspended for 30 days

The Taj Mahal is closing over coronavirus concerns.

Coronavirus vaccine trial administers the first dose to the participant.

WHO points out that coronavirus cases outside of China now exceed Chinese total, describing the pandemic has become a global health crisis. WHO recommends to test all suspected cases.

WHO confirms two coronavirus cases among its staff.

As the pandemic continues to affect the world economy, more airlines have announced as capacity reduction or complete suspension of all operations.

Jordan’s Directorate of General Security has said they are “prepared to use force” to enforce the kingdom’s coronavirus lockdown, according to state-owned Jordan News Agency.

France officially entered lockdown at midday Tuesday local time (7 a.m. ET) as part of a number of measures announced by President Emmanuel Macron. All non-essential outings are outlawed and can draw a fine of up to €135 ($148).

Volkswagen to temporarily halt production.

The Euro 2020 Football Championship will be postponed for one year.

The UK warns coronavirus outbreak spreading faster than expected.

Airbus said Tuesday that it would “temporarily pause production and assembly activities” at sites in France and Spain for the next four days as part of efforts to contain Europe’s coronavirus outbreak.

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