COVID-19 Updates (18/3)

At the time of writing, 204,264 cases of the coronavirus have been reported with 8,244 deaths. Though China, Italy, and Iran continue to be the top 3 countries that are most affected by this pandemic, Spain and Germany both now have more cases of the coronavirus then South Korea. Both Spain and Germany now report more than 10,000 cases of COVID-19 and with 2084 and 2606 new confirmed cases respectively.

China has reported 81,102 cases and 3,241 deaths since the outbreak began last December. That is an increase of 35 cases that excluding Hong Kong and Macao.

Sri Lanka has suspended all flights arriving into the country for two weeks, effective midnight today for two weeks.

Liberia, Tanzania, Greenland, Montenegro, Djibouti and Zambia all have reported their first confirmed case of COVID-19.

Bolivia closes border to curb coronavirus spread.

Trump confirms the US-Canada border will be closed to non-essential traffic.

NBA player Kevin Durant is tested positive for COVID-19, and 3 other players are tested positive. Currently, 7 players in the NBA are known to be infected.

Japan and IOC determined to hold the 2020 Olympics despite growing dissent among leading athletes.

Taiwan is banning most foreign nationals from entering the country in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The Singaporean government has announced that all travelers entering the country will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day home quarantine starting Saturday.

The United Arab Emirates has temporarily banned all its citizens from traveling abroad during the coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi Arabia has suspended all work in private sectors for 15 days as part of the country’s efforts to contain the coronavirus.

The European Union has formally agreed to temporarily close its external borders to all “non-essential” travel from third nations for 30 days.

French LVMH Group perfume and cosmetics factory will produce hand sanitizers and will provide them free of charge to local medical institutions in France.

The government of Nigeria is restricting entry into the country for travelers from countries with more than 1,000 cases of novel coronavirus domestically.

Australia announces a “human biosecurity emergency” and bans large indoor gatherings.

German politician chancellery candidate Friedrich Merz has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Coronavirus adviser to UK government believes he’s been infected, warns of the virus in Westminster.

Malaysia begins its first day of travel restrictions and business closures. All Malaysian nationals are prohibited from traveling abroad and all foreigners are blocked from entering the country as well.

The Philippines has been placed under a “state of calamity” for six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

South Korea’s Vice Health Minister Kim Ganglip is in self-quarantine, after attending a government meeting last week with another participant who tested positive today.

In Seoul, South Korea will issue replaceable cotton masks to all students to combat the virus for a scale of 15.9 billion won.

Church infection again in South Korea, 46 followers of a church in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do have collectively contracted coronavirus.

The White House Office of Management and Budget submitted an emergency funding request to the US Congress tonight for an additional $45.8 billion in the face of a pandemic.

Spanish prime minister announces a US$220 billion aid package to soften the economic blow of pandemic.

The Spanish team “Valencia CF” announced that about 35% of the club’s players and logistics staff had been diagnosed with COVID-19, and all were confirmed cases with no symptoms. All diagnosed persons are undergoing home isolation and medical observation.

Dutch red light district will be temporarily closed, people line up to buy cannabis.

Ukraine Verkhovna Rada MP Sergey Shakhov is tested positive for the virus.

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