COVID-19 Updates (21/3)

At the time of writing, 290,248 cases of the coronavirus have been reported worldwide with 11,953 deaths.

The coronavirus is now affecting 186 countries and territories.

China only recorded only 41 new cases of the virus and 7 deaths as the authorities claimed.

Spain and USA have now become the third and fourth most affected countries in the world, having 25,374 and 22,019 confirmed cases respectively. 1,378 and 281 deaths are reported in the 2 countries respectively.

The death number in Italy breaks the daily record with 793 new deaths, the current death roll is 4,032.

First cases reported in Timor-Leste and Haiti.

Son of Brazilian President condemned China for covering up the epidemic.

17 confirmed cases are confirmed in Hong Kong, most of them either have recent travel records or have closed contact with the previously confirmed patients. Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced various measures including work from home arrangements for civil servants and extended class suspension.

18 new cases found in Taiwan, all imported cases. Taiwan raised the travel alert to Hong Kong and Macau to red.

Chow Ka-him, a Hong Kong professional Karate athlete is confirmed contracted the virus.

Hong Kong government extends the visas for foreign domestic workers.

Chinese player Wu Lui from Spanish football league Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol has contracted the coronavirus.

USA temporarily suspends all regular visa issuing services in the world.

An advisor of US Vice President Mike Pence has contracted the virus.

All shopping malls, temples and night markets in Bangkok, Thailand would be closed for 22 days, until 12 April.

Denmark suggested sponsoring 75% wage in exchange for companies not firing employees.

WHO director Tedros is delighted to see 0 infections in Wuhan, China.

WHO suggested youngsters not to be over confident about the coronavirus, and decrease the number of gatherings.

UK announced various rescue measures to assist employees who can’t work due to the epidemic, sponsoring 80% wage to encourage companies not firing employees.

UK announced temporary closures for all entertainment facilities.

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