COVID-19 Updates (27/3)

At the time of writing, 556,327 cases of the coronavirus had been confirmed worldwide with 25,240 deaths. The US is now the worst affected country with Italy, Spain, and Germany being severely impacted as well.

China reports 55 new cases, all but one of which were imported.

US House debates a $2 trillion stimulus bill with the Speaker confident that it will pass.

Matt Hancock, the UK’s Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has tested positive for coronavirus, he confirmed in a video posted to Twitter on Friday.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, he confirmed on Twitter.

There will be a loss of 2% in annual GDP growth in major economies for each month of containment, OECD has estimated.

Queen remains in good health, the Palace says.

The first case of novel coronavirus has been confirmed in a Kremlin staffer.

Chinese government investigating test kit maker which supplied Spain.

A communication issue prevented the UK from joining the EU ventilator scheme.

Hong Kong reports 65 cases today, the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases, bringing total to 518.

Police in the southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria have seized 900 unauthorized coronavirus test kits for failing to have validation and certification.

Russia surpasses 1,000 Covid-19 cases.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that “China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits” as of March 28.

South Africa reported its first two coronavirus deaths and over 1,000 cases Friday, as the country begins a 21-day lockdown.

Olympic postponement and coronavirus fallout could cost Japan $36 billion, economists warns.

WHO says new study doesn’t provide evidence of airborne transmission.

Philippines top military commander tests positive for the virus.

Argentina closes all borders to foreign nationals.

“Nearly every school” in the US is considering early graduation for medical students.

Panic buying hits Tokyo shops after governor’s stay-at-home request.

Pence says opening US by Easter is “aspirational”.

Source: CNN, Worldometer

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