COVID-19 Updates (24/3)

At the time of writing, 395,502 cases of the coronavirus had been reported worldwide with 17,229 deaths. China, Italy. the US and Spain continue to be the worst affected countries by this pandemic.

COVID-19 is now affecting 196 countries and territories.

Spain has close to 40,000 cases while Germany reported more than 31,000 cases of the virus. Italy continues to see worsening numbers as the country confirms more than 63,000 cases. The US saw a spike in cases as the country confirmed 46,000 cases.

The Hubei provincial government plans to lift nearly all lockdown restrictions on Wednesday. Measures will remain in place in the provincial capital, Wuhan, until April 8.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he has reached an agreement with International Olympic Committee, President Thomas Bach, to postpone the Olympics for about one year. Summer 2021 is the latest that these Olympics could be held.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike warned on Monday that the capital could be placed under lockdown if the number of coronavirus cases spike.

German army loses 6 million face masks at Nairobi airport.

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency’s administrator Peter Gaynor says his team told him they are going to use the Defense Production Act for the first time today.

Myanmar, Belize, Laos, Bermuda has confirmed its first case of the virus.

Iran’s president is extending the temporary release of 85,000 prisoners.

A dozen countries in the Middle East and Central Asia have reached out to the International Monetary Fund requesting financial support due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Pakistan is deploying its army to assist with the outbreak.

Albania began a strict 16-hour daily curfew today, which had been announced by Prime Minister Edi Rama.

The UK has banned people from leaving home except for shopping for basic necessities; one form of exercise a day; medical need; and, for designated key workers, traveling to and from work.

The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that its May 2020 examination session will be canceled due to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Several Australian states are implementing new restrictions on interstate travel in order to slow the virus’ spread. South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, and the Northern Territory will enact border checkpoints on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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