COVID-19 Updates (17/4)

At the time of writing, 2,200,377 cases of the coronavirus had been confirmed with 147,787 deaths worldwide. The US, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and the UK continue to be the worst affected countries by this pandemic.

Hong Kong confirmed 4 new cases putting the total to 1022, all of them returned from the United Kingdom.

South Korea reports 22 new coronavirus cases.

Japan reports more than 500 new coronavirus cases.

India reports more than 13,300 coronavirus cases.

Vehicles crammed Michigan roadways in protest against the state’s stay-at-home order.

US Surgeon General calls wearing face coverings “sign of respect” during the pandemic.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says there are issues with WHO, and Japan will review its funding after the pandemic.

Australian mayor fined after violating stay-at-home orders and going out for beer.

Pope Francis writes ‘plan for resurrection’ from coronavirus pandemic.

London mayor calls for masks to be worn on public transport and in shops.

Denmark’s children head back to school after coronavirus closures.

Singapore considers cruise ships as temporary shelter for foreign workers.

French President Macron warns of EU “moment of truth” on financial solidarity.

French President Macron cautiously criticizes China’s transparency on coronavirus.

Cathay Pacific lays off cabin crew and shuts down US bases.

Venezuela’s Juan Guaido says he will pay health workers extra money to help fight coronavirus.

China’s economy shrunk by 6.8% in the first quarter of the year, it is the worst quarter since public figures are available.


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