COVID-19 Updates (26/3)

At the time of writing, 491,120 cases of the coronavirus had been reported worldwide with 22,165 deaths. China, Italy, the US, and Spain continue to be the worst affected countries due to the pandemic.

Italy and Spain has now more reported deaths than China’s announced numbers, standing at 7,503 and 4,089 respectively.

In Hong Kong, the dead pet dog of a COVID-19 patient Chow Hau-yi, was confirmed contracted the coronavirus before its death.

43 new cases have been reported in Hong Kong, raising the total to 453. More than half the new cases were imported.

The HKSAR government has sent chartered planes to Wuhan again to retrieve its residents. 500 residents have returned to Hong Kong and they are only required to home quarantine without an electronic bracelet.

The Principal of Harvard University Lawrence S.Bacow and his wife have contracted the coronavirus.

First reported cases found in Libya, Mali, Guinea Bissau and Saint Kitts & Nevis.

Uganda has banned all new refugee arrivals, despite has long kept its doors open for refugees.

Deputy Head of mission at the British Embassy in Budapest, Hungary, Steven Dick has died from the coronavirus contract.

American Secretary of State Mike Pomeo had a telephone meeting with G7 countries’ foreign ministers. They all agreed China is engaging in fake news regarding the epidemic.

The United States Senate has passed USD 2 trillion relieve funds for those who are affected by the epidemic.

WHO director general Tedros praised Donald Trump for taking his responsibility to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

Deputy Prime Minister of Spain Carmen Calvo has tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus. Medical system in Spain is collapsing, some elderlies died in the waiting area in hospitals. Spanish government extended the state of emergency to 11 April.

All entrants to Canada are now required to receive 14 days mandatory quarantine.

Thailand announced state of emergency until the end of April, all borders would be closed. Thailand has now over 1000 reported cases.

IOC says the Tokyo Olympic is not bound to be held in summer; a Japanese staff who took part in the lighting of Olympic flame has been infected by the virus.

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