COVID-19 Updates (18/4)

At the time of writing, 2,275,738 cases of the coronavirus had been confirmed with 156,104 deaths worldwide. The US, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and the UK continue to be the worst affected countries by the current pandemic.

The US has more than 700,000 coronavirus cases.

COVID-19 death toll in the United Kingdom climbs to more than 15,000.

Cases rise for the fourth consecutive day in Germany.

Spain’s coronavirus deaths pass 20,000.

Hong Kong confirmed 2 new cases of the coronavirus today bring the total to 1024 cases.

Singapore now has more than 5,000 coronavirus cases.

Chief of staff to Nigerian president dies after contracting coronavirus.

Iran reopens some stores in Tehran.

WHO says no evidence antibody tests can determine immunity.

Queen Elizabeth II cancels traditional gun salute for her birthday due to coronavirus concerns.

Italy opens a bid for development of a blood test to map coronavirus contagion.

Gender violence interventions during lockdown have increased in Spain.

UK doctors continue to face protective equipment shortages.

The Republic of Georgia’s defiant Orthodox church will host Easter worshipers despite lockdown.

All airline passengers will have to wear masks or face coverings at Canadian airports.

Brazil repatriates diplomats and other nationals from Venezuela.

3 new cases in Taiwan, first found cases in Taiwan military.

A 1 to 36 transmission chain have been found in Harbin, China.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said China’s numbers are not transparent.

The global anti-epidemic concert backed by WHO is holding at 19 Apr midnight HKT, singers such as Lady Gaga and Eason Chan would take part.

WHO praised Taiwan’s anti-epidemic measures for the first time.

WHO praised China for adjusting the numbers, it also supported China reopening wet markets, which are suspected the source of similar coronaviruses.

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