Factbox: Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world

(Reuters) – The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic continued to rise on Thursday, after the World Health Organization said the global case count would reach 1 million and the death toll 50,000 in the next few days and economic pain deepened with another record week of jobless claims in the United States.


** More than 954,000 people have been infected across the world and over 48,300 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

** For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.

** U.S.-focused tracker with state-by-state and county map, open tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T in an external browser.


** Italy’s daily death toll on Wednesday was the lowest in six days, but the overall number of new infections grew and the government extended its national lockdown.

** Britain’s prime minister promised to ramp up testing, as a poll said more than a half of Britons think the government was too slow to order a lockdown.

** 570 people have died in nursing homes in France’s eastern region, suggesting the national death toll could be far higher than thought.

** Switzerland’s government said it was still far too early to relax measures.

** Spain’s death toll exceeded 10,000 on Thursday after a record 950 people died overnight, but health officials noted a slowdown in proportional daily increases in infections and deaths.

** The separatist government of Spain’s Catalonia region asked the national military for assistance.

** Portugal extended its state of emergency by another 15 days.

** Greece has quarantined a migrant camp after 20 asylum seekers tested positive, its first such facility hit since the outbreak.

** Russia’s medical equipment delivery to the United States drew anger from critics at home who pointed out severe shortages at home.


** A record 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, and another four states told residents to stay at home – orders which now affect more than 80% of Americans in 39 states.

** The presidents of United States and Brazil discussed cooperation as Brazil’s health minister warned that infection rates and lack of medical supplies were a big concern.

** Brazil confirmed its first indigenous coronavirus case deep in the Amazon rainforest.

** Colombian health workers took to the streets of Bogota to show support for colleagues and protest what they say are salary delays amid the pandemic.

** Mexico’s president urged companies to keep paying workers or face public scorn, even as criticism of his economic management grows.


** Mainland China logged fewer new infections on Thursday, but measures restricting movement were tightened in some areas due to a fear of more imported cases.

** India will pull out of a three-week lockdown in phases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as officials battle to contain the country’s biggest cluster of infections in New Delhi.

** Facing calls to declare a state of emergency, Japan’s prime minister was derided on social media for instead offering people cloth masks, pointing to growing frustration with his handling of the crisis.

** Indonesia’s coronavirus death toll rose to 170 on Thursday, passing South Korea as the country with the highest number of recorded fatalities in Asia after China.

** WHO expects the number of cases in Malaysia to peak in mid-April, saying there are signs of a flattening of the infection curve.

** Singapore suffered its fourth death on Thursday, a day after it reported a record number of new cases that took its total to 1,000.


** The United Nations and Western allies are pointing to coronavirus to push Yemen’s combatants to agree to fresh talks to end a war that has left millions vulnerable to disease.

** Hackers linked to the Iranian government have attempted to break into the personal email accounts of staff at the World Health Organization, sources told Reuters.

** Turkey’s tourism minister said he expected flights to return to normal by the end of June, as the country planned to step up measures if the virus keeps spreading and people ignore “voluntary” quarantine rules.

** A United Nations agency has negotiated a humanitarian corridor to keep food aid flowing in southern Africa after most countries shut borders.

** Zambia recorded its first death.


** World equity markets hovered between small gains and losses Thursday, as the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic continued to rise and economic pain deepened with another record week of jobless claims in the United States. [MKTS/GLOB]

** World food prices fell sharply in March, hit by a drop in demand and a plunge in global oil prices, the United Nations food agency said.

** Global financial regulators said they are in talks with governments to allow key staff at financial firms to work on site to keep markets open.

** The economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic is likely to undermine NATO defence targets as governments move closer to spending goals only by virtue of shrinking economies.

** The European Commission proposed measures to protect the EU economy, including a short-time work scheme and easier access to funds for farmers and fishermen. It also apologised to Italy for a lack of solidarity but promised greater help with the economic fallout.

** The European Central Bank has delayed its overarching strategy review by six months until mid-2021.

** Luxembourg, the EU’s largest investment hub, has tightened disclosure rules in the face of market volatility and asked funds to disclose whenever client demand to exit exceeds 10% of total assets.

** Spain has shed 900,000 jobs since it went into lockdown, a drop documented over less than three weeks.

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Europe failing to communicate its response to coronavirus crisis, France says

PARIS (Reuters) – Europe has failed to win the communications battle in its response to the coronavirus outbreak, leaving other powers such as China or Russia to win hearts and minds in the most affected countries like Italy, a French official said on Wednesday.

Italy, now the country worst-hit by the virus worldwide, was sharply critical of France and Germany after they initially declined to provide face masks and other equipment to help handle the outbreak.

Rome turned instead for help to China, which sent an airplane full of masks and ventilators bearing “Forza Italia” stickers with small Chinese and Italian flags – and leaving a powerful impression on Italians.

France and Germany later lifted their restrictions and sent hundreds of thousands of masks to Italy, but failed to garner enough media coverage to correct the first impression of a lack of European solidarity, the French official said.

“On the issue of solidarity, we had a narrative weakness,” an Elysee adviser told reporters. “Europe hasn’t, as a group, communicated enough on the concrete efforts it was making at the local or regional level towards one another.”

“Germany has sent masks to Italy, France has sent masks to Italy, as many as China has so far,” the official said, saying Paris had sent 1 million masks and 200,000 gowns to its neighbor despite a critical shortage for its own population.

German hospitals with spare capacity welcomed their first coronavirus patients from Italy on Tuesday.

“A lot has been done, so we need to get out of this Europe-bashing, because that’s not right,” the adviser to President Emmanuel Macron, a fervent European integrationist, said.

“Mistakes were made for sure, there was some flip-flopping, hesitations, but that’s the case everywhere in the world,” the official said. “When we see what’s going on in the United States today, Europe is not the continent that’s the least organised.”

But damage seems to have been done.

A recent poll by Monitor Italia showed 88% of Italians, once one of the most Europhile people in Europe, believed the European Union had not done enough to help their country.

The same poll showed those who believe EU membership is a disadvantage to Italy has risen to 67% from 47% in November.

China was not alone is outdoing European countries and Brussels on the communications front.

The Russian army has also flown medical help to Italy after receiving an order from President Vladimir Putin. The planes and trucks it sent bore giant stickers showing heart-shaped Russian and Italian flags next to one another with the slogan “From Russia with Love” in both Russian and Italian.

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Manitoba RCMP bust speeder zooming down the Perimeter at 186 km/h

Despite large numbers of Manitobans working from home or otherwise practicing social isolation, the RCMP are still on the job… and they stopped a speeder Saturday night who was taking advantage of the (mostly) empty roads.

Manitoba RCMP said the driver, a 25-year-old in an Infiniti Q50, was busted going 186 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the Perimeter Highway.

The infraction netted the driver a whopping $1,438 fine, as well as a license review with Manitoba Public Insurance.

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Factbox: Highlights of Canada's C$27 billion aid to fight coronavirus outbreak

(Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said his government would provide C$27 billion ($18.6 billion) in support directly to families and businesses struggling because of the coronavirus outbreak, and stands ready to do more.

Here are of the highlights.


– Provide additional assistance to families with children by temporarily boosting Canada Child Benefit payments. This measure would deliver almost C$2 billion in extra support.

– Introduce an Emergency Care Benefit of up to C$900 bi-weekly for up to 15 weeks to provide income support to workers who must stay home and do not have access to paid sick leave.

– Introduce an Emergency Support Benefit delivered through the Canada Revenue Agency to provide up to C$5 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for employment insurance (EI) and who are facing unemployment.

– Provide additional assistance to individuals and families with low and modest incomes with a special top-up payment under the Goods and Services Tax credit. This measure would inject C$5.5 billion in the economy.

– Waive, for a minimum of six months, the mandatory one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits for workers in imposed quarantine or who have been directed to self-isolate, as announced on Mar 11.

– Extend the tax filing deadline for individuals to June 1, and allow all taxpayers to defer, until after Aug 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after Wednesday and before Sept 2020.


– Allow all businesses to defer, until after Aug 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after Wednesday and before Sept 2020.

– Further expand Export Development Canada’s ability to provide support to domestic businesses.

– Provide flexibility on the Canada account limit, to allow the government to provide additional support to Canadian businesses, when deemed to be in the national interest, to deal with exceptional circumstances.

– Augment credit available to farmers and the agri-food sector through Farm Credit Canada.

– Launch an Insured Mortgage Purchase Program to purchase up to C$50 billion of insured mortgage pools through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

– Increase the credit available to small, medium, and large Canadian businesses.

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Factbox: Latest on the spread of coronavirus around the world

(Reuters) – The world’s richest nations prepared more costly measures on Tuesday to combat the global fallout of the coronavirus that has infected tens of thousands of people, triggered social restrictions unseen since World War Two and sent economies spinning toward recession.


– Worldwide cases crossed 187,000, while the death toll was more than 7,400; there have now been more cases and deaths outside mainland China than inside.

– For interactive graphic tracking global spread: open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser


– The Trump administration on Tuesday pursued a $850 billion stimulus package and mulled sending Americans $1,000 checks within two weeks.

– Canada said it would provide financial support to people affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

– Brazil on Tuesday reported its first coronavirus death and said tests were under way on four other possible COVID-19 fatalities.

– Tango classes, shows and milongas have been suspended in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires for at least 15 days.

– Mexico’s Supreme Court said it will suspend its regular court activities from March 18 to April 19.

– Chile may postpone a referendum on a new constitution scheduled for April 26.


– Italy’s prime minister said the coronavirus was causing a “socio-economic tsunami” as European leaders agreed to seal off external borders.

– France put its 67 million people under lockdown on Tuesday, in an unprecedented act during peacetime, and said it was ready to nationalise big companies suffering financial turmoil.

– Belgium will impose a lockdown from midday (1100 GMT) on Wednesday until April 5 to restrict the movement of people.

– Spain announced a massive 200 billion euros package to help companies and protect workers and other vulnerable groups.

– Germany is setting aside 50 million euros ($56 million) to repatriate German tourists stranded around the world.

– Britain launched a new lending scheme to provide short-term bridging finance for large businesses.

– Turkey confirmed its first death related to the coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases more than doubled to 98.


– China has authorised clinical trials on its first vaccine developed to combat the coronavirus.

– South Korea reported 84 cases on Tuesday, its third day in a row with fewer than 100 new infections.

– Taiwan asked people on Tuesday not to travel abroad, as it announced its first double-digit rise in cases, all imported from overseas.

– Kazakhstan reported 14 new cases on Tuesday, raising the total to 27.

– Mongolia reported three new cases among citizens repatriated from South Korea and Germany.

– Thailand plans to close schools, bars, movie theatres, cockfighting arenas as well as postpone next month’s Thai New Year holiday.

– Cambodia reported 12 new cases on Tuesday, doubling its tally to 24.

– Vietnam will suspend the issue of new visas for all foreign nationals.

– Georgia will ban minibuses and restrict services of gyms and swimming pools from Wednesday.

– Kyrgyzstan, which has no reported cases, banned entry to all foreigners.

– Australia has banned the public from the national sports institute in Canberra to reduce the risk of athletes contracting the coronavirus in the runup to the Tokyo Olympics.


– Saudi Arabia said its mosques would no longer receive worshippers for daily prayers or Friday congregations.

– Iran, with death toll of 853 and 14,991 cases, has temporarily freed about 85,000 prisoners, including political ones.

– Oman closed all tourist sites and banned gatherings in public places including beaches and parks.

– Jordan’s king approved a law that gives the government sweeping powers to enforce a state of emergency.

– Egypt on Tuesday reported two more coronavirus deaths, bringing the country’s total to six.


– Gold, the dollar and global equity markets rose on Tuesday after the Federal Reserve said it would buy short-term corporate debt directly from companies. [MKTS/GLOB]

– Boeing and other U.S. aviation companies are seeking billions of dollars in aid as they battle to survive a plunge in demand.

– Goldman Sachs said on Tuesday that China’s economy will likely shrink 9% in the first quarter.

– European airlines demanded urgent tax relief to avoid multiple bankruptcies.

– Australia’s central bank reiterated it stood ready to ease policy further, adding to speculation of aggressive stimulus this week.

– Malaysia postponed a meeting of finance and central bank officials from APEC countries scheduled to start on Tuesday.

– The virus is threatening project schedules in the U.S. solar industry, according to a report on Tuesday.

– The Philippine Stock Exchange closed indefinitely on Tuesday while currency and bond trading were suspended.


– A summit between China and the European Union has been postponed, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

– Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that G7 leaders had agreed to support a “complete” Olympics.

– The Euro 2020 soccer Championship was postponed for a year

– The PGA Championship scheduled for May 14-17 has been postponed.

– The Kentucky Derby, the first jewel in North American horse racing’s Triple Crown, will be postponed to September from May due to the coronavirus.

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Winnipeg Harvest and food programs feeling pinch from coronavirus

As concerns about COVID-19 increase across Manitoba, Winnipeg Harvest is seeing its supply of food drop.

The food bank relies on donations from people and stores, but with people stockpiling and stores not having a lot of extra stock, the organization is feeling the pinch.

“This has never happened to Winnipeg Harvest,” CEO Karen Taylor-Hughes said.

“Because there’s so much buying going on in grocery stores, we’re having a hard time getting donations.”

Winnipeg Harvest also supplies food to nearly 100 other food bank programs across the city.

Taylor-Hughes said the number of people who will be relying on their services is only going to increase with some people losing their jobs.

“We are now asking folks to donate funds to help us purchase food. And we’re working with all the retailers who are reaching out to us and asking what our needs are so we can ensure that we keep the flow of food going.”

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Factbox: Retailers close stores around globe to curb coronavirus spread

(Reuters) – Retailers have been closing stores around the globe to reduce the risk of transmission of the coronavirus, which has killed over 6,500 and infected more than 174,000 while disrupting supply and production chains.


The British diversified food processing and retailing company shut 74 of its Primark fashion stores across Italy, France, Spain and Austria in mid-March.


Apple said on March 14 it is closing all its retail stores, except those in Greater China, for two weeks.


The France-based retailer of cultural, leisure and technological products closed all its stores in Spain starting from March 14.


Clothes retailer said on March it was temporarily reducing store hours for all U.S. and Canadian locations, and closing over 100 stores.

H&M (HMb.ST)

The world’s second-biggest fashion retailer said in mid-March it was temporarily closing stores in 12 more markets, as it reported a 24% quarterly sales slump in China.


Zara owner Inditex temporarily closed its stores in Spain from March 14, Europa Press said, citing company sources.


Ikea said on March 12 it would temporarily close its stores and shopping centers in Italy.


The home improvement group has closed its 221 Castorama and Brico Dépôt stores in France until April 14, while its 28 stores in Spain have also shut until March 29.


The sportswear company closed its stores in North America and Europe from March 16 until March 27.


The U.S. maker of athletic footwear and accessories will close all of its stores across the U.S., Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand by March 27, it said on March 15.


The Danish jeweler said in early March it had shut 30 of its 148 shops in Italy, its third largest single market.


The company said it would temporary close stores located in a shopping mall starting March 16.


Under Armour shuttered all North America stores from March 16 for about two weeks.


The apparel retailer which owns brands including Anthropologie and Free People, closed all its stores worldwide until at least March 28.


The company temporarily closed a number of its U.S. stores to expand its work from home policy to some of its retail employees.


North Face owner closed all owned retail stores across North America from March 16 to April 5.

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Factbox: Latest on the spread of coronavirus around the world

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency over the fast-spreading coronavirus to free up $50 billion in federal aid to combat a disease that has infected over 138,000 people worldwide and left more than 5,000 dead.

(Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser)


** More than 138,000 people have been infected globally and over 5,000 have died, according to a Reuters tally of government announcements.

** The Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, reported just five new cases on Friday, the second day in a row the tally has been less than 10. That brings the total number of infections in mainland China to 80,813. The death toll is more than 3,000.


** British cases of coronavirus rose 35% to 798 over the past 24 hours. There have been 10 deaths so far.

** Major Spanish regions shut shops, bars and restaurants and Easter parades were cancelled as Spain prepared to enter a 15-day state of emergency on Friday. The number of infections rose to 4,231, up about 1,000 cases from Thursday. About 120 people have died.

** Russia, which has so far recorded 45 cases, will limit passenger flights to and from the European Union, Switzerland and Norway, starting March 16.

** Greece reported its first fatality, a 66-year-old man who had returned from a religious pilgrimage to Israel and Egypt at the end of February.

** The death toll from coronavirus in Italy has jumped in the last 24 hours by 250 to 1,266, a rise of 25%. The total number of infections rose to 17,660.

** The number of confirmed cases in Germany has risen by 671 to reach 3,062, the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases said on Friday. It said five people had died after testing positive for the virus.

** A second patient has been diagnosed with coronavirus in Turkey, its Health Minister said on Friday.

** The Bulgarian parliament voted unanimously on Friday to declare a state of emergency until April 13 as the number of confirmed cases in the country more than tripled to 23.


** U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday morning that coronavirus testing in the United States will soon be carried out on a large scale.

** Mexico could consider measures at its northern border to slow the spread of the coronavirus into its relatively unaffected territory. It has confirmed 16 cases, with no deaths.


** Kazakhstan confirmed first coronavirus cases.

** South Korea reported more recoveries than new infections on Friday for the first time since its outbreak emerged in January. The country recorded 110 new cases, compared with 114 a day earlier, taking the national tally to 7,979, with the death toll rising by five to 72 as of late Friday.

** India, with 82 confirmed cases and two deaths, ordered the closure of public buildings, malls, cinemas and bars in several major cities on Friday.

** An 80-year-old man became the fourth patient in Hong Kong to die from coronavirus. The country has so far confirmed around 130 coronavirus cases.

** Thailand reported five new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 75.


**Kenya confirmed East Africa’s first case of coronavirus, a woman who had returned to the capital Nairobi from the United States.

**Ethiopia has confirmed its first case.

**Saudi Arabia detected 24 new cases, 14 of whom were Egyptians. This brings the total in the kingdom to 86.

**In Iran the total number of deaths from the outbreak has risen by 85 to 514, a Health Ministry official said on state TV on Friday, while total infections had increased by more than 1,000 in the past 24 hours to 11,364.


**One of Australia’s highest-profile ministers, Peter Dutton, who is in charge of home affairs, said he had tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. The country has recorded 156 infections and three deaths.


**Switzerland will make 10 billion Swiss francs ($10.52 billion) available in immediate aid to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

**The Indonesian government has prepared a 120-trillion-rupiah ($8.1 billion) stimulus package to support its economy as the spread of coronavirus disrupts global activities.

**Japan’s government is expected to cut its assessment of the economy in a monthly report due later this month.

**Norway’s central bank said on Friday it had offered the first in a series of extraordinary loans to the banking industry, along with a surprise half-point cut in its key policy interest rate.

**France will help all companies in which the French state has a stake to weather the coronavirus crisis, its finance minister said on Friday, putting the growing cost of measures to soften the economic fallout at “dozens of billions”.

**Germany’s KfW state development bank has roughly half a trillion euros in support available to help support Europe’s largest economy, which risks being stricken by the coronavirus epidemic, the Economy Minister said on Friday.

**Sweden’s central bank said on Friday it would lend up to 500 billion crowns ($51 billion) to Swedish companies via banks

**China’s central bank cut the cash that banks must hold as reserves on Friday for the second time this year, releasing 550 billion yuan ($79 billion) to help its coronavirus-hit economy.

**Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ordered his government on Friday to allocate 300 billion tenge ($740 million) towards measures to boost employment through infrastructure maintenance projects.


**A gauge of stocks across the globe bounced back on Friday led by a late rally on Wall Street, after U.S. President Donald Trump freed $50 billion to tackle the novel coronavirus pandemic. [MKTS/GLOB]


**Top Japanese government officials said they were determined to hold a “safe and secure” Olympics on schedule, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump said Tokyo should consider delaying them for a year because of the pandemic.

**Walt Disney Co will close its theme parks in California and Florida and its resort in Paris from this weekend through the end of the month, the company said on Thursday.

**The impact of the coronavirus on sport swept into the southern hemisphere, with the cancellation of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix adding to an unprecedented shutdown of elite events and competitions around the globe. [

**The World Trade Organization’s major biennial meeting, due to be held in Kazakhstan in June, was cancelled, setting back its efforts to update the global rules of commerce.

**Bob Dylan’s upcoming concerts in Japan have been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak, the tour organiser said.

**India ordered upcoming international cricket matches to be played in empty stadiums.

**The World Endurance Championship has cancelled the Sebring 1,000 Miles race in Florida.

**Nepal has closed all of its Himalayan peaks including Mount Everest this climbing season because of fears of coronavirus contagion.

**France’s rugby federation said on Friday it was suspending all its competitions due to the coronavirus outbreak.

**All elite soccer matches in England, including the Premier League, were suspended until April 4 on Friday due to the coronavirus, English soccer’s governing bodies said in a joint statement.

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Poland to close borders to foreigners, quarantine returnees

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland will ban foreigners from entering the country from Sunday and impose a 14-day quarantine on its citizens returning home in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday.

“The state will not abandon (its citizens). However, in the current situation, we cannot allow ourselves to keep borders open to foreigners,” Morawiecki told a news conference.

Those with a residence permit in Poland will be also allowed to enter, he said. But no international inbound flights or trains would be allowed from 0000 CET on Sunday, except for some charter flights bringing Poles back from holidays.

Freight transport would not be affected, he said.

Morawiecki also said shopping malls would be closed from Saturday except for grocery shops, drugstores and some service outlets, but all shops outside of malls could operate normally.

Restaurants, bars and casinos would be shuttered, although food delivery would be allowed.

In staunchly Catholic Poland, the latest restrictions will also affect church services. Morawiecki said public gatherings would be allowed only if no more than 50 people were present.

Church authorities issued a statement late on Friday saying they would limit attendance in line with the restrictions.

Poland — central Europe’s most populous country — has confirmed 68 cases of coronavirus so far with one death.

While central Europe has fewer confirmed cases of the new virus than its western neighbors, the region’s governments have taken some of the swiftest steps to contain the spread, including curbing international travel and closing most schools.

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Factbox: Latest on the spread of coronavirus around the world

(Reuters) – The fast-spreading coronavirus has reached some 80 nations with more new cases now reported outside China where the flu-like illness first emerged late last year.

– Globally, there have been over 95,300 cases and more than 3,200 deaths, according to a Reuters tally. (tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7)

– Mainland China reported 139 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 80,409. The uptick was driven by an increase in cases in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, where new infections climbed to 131 from 114 a day earlier.

– South Korea confirmed 438 new cases, taking total infections to 5,766. Three more deaths were recorded, bringing the total to 35.

– Confirmed infections in Japan rose to 1,036, 36 more than the previous day.

– The U.S. death toll from coronavirus infections rose to 11 on Wednesday as new cases emerged around New York City and Los Angeles. California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency after the first death in the state from the virus. House of Representatives approved an $8.3 billion bill to combat the virus and develop vaccines.

– Australia recorded its second death from the epidemic, the first from a “local transmission”, and warned the crisis will subtract at least half a percentage point from the country’s economic growth in the current quarter.

– Thailand on Thursday reported four new cases, bringing its total to 47 since January.

– A man in his 60s in Shiga in western Japan tested positive, marking the first confirmed infection from that prefecture, according to an official.

– Slovenia confirmed its first case, Health Minister Ales Sabeder said on Wednesday.

– The total number of dead in Italy rose to 107 after 28 people died of the virus over the past 24 hours.

– The virus’ global spread has crushed hopes for stronger growth this year and will hold 2020 global output gains to their slowest pace since the 2008-2009 financial crisis, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Wednesday.

– France has 285 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the head of the public health service, Jerome Salomon, said on Wednesday, an increase of 73 compared to a day earlier.

– The outbreak has affected almost all of Iran’s provinces, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday. Iran has more than 2,900 confirmed cases with a death toll of 92.

– Hungary on Wednesday confirmed its first two cases of the new coronavirus, both Iranian students in the country.

– Northern Ireland on Wednesday has confirmed two more cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number in the British province to three and the total on the island of Ireland to five.

– Iraq on Wednesday reported its second coronavirus death in the capital Baghdad.

– One more person has died in the Seattle area, bringing the fatalities there to 10, health officials said on Wednesday, and new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported around the two most populous cities in the United States – four near New York and six in Los Angeles.

– The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Britain rose to 85 on Wednesday in the biggest daily jump since it was first detected in the country.

– The total number of known coronavirus cases in India rose sharply to 29 on Wednesday, including 16 Italian tourists who had tested positive for the disease.

– Spanish health authorities said on Wednesday they had identified as many as 193 coronavirus cases in Spain, including three children. On Tuesday, Spain reported its first death from the outbreak in Valencia.

– Sixteen new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Stockholm, regional authorities said on Wednesday, taking the total number of cases in Sweden to 52.

– Poland’s health minister confirmed the country’s first case on Wednesday.

– Scientists in China studying the outbreak of disease caused by the new coronavirus say they have found that two main strains of the virus are circulating in humans and causing infections.

– Animal health experts said on Wednesday a quarantined dog of a coronavirus patient in Hong Kong could be the first case of human-to-animal transmission, but cautioned the matter remained under investigation.

– On Wednesday China encouraged producers to export protective suits to meet overseas demand, while Russia suspended the export of masks, medical gear and suits.

– China approved a Roche arthritis drug to treat some coronavirus patients in severe conditions, health authorities said on Wednesday.

– Tajikistan on Wednesday asked its citizens to avoid going to mosques for Friday prayers, though the Central Asian nation has not reported any cases so far.

– Australian stores put strict limits on toilet paper purchases on Wednesday after panic buying, as the country recorded its third case of local transmission.

– China on Wednesday rolled out cash support to both domestic and foreign airlines to encourage them to restore services and stop suspending flights.

– Passenger car retail sales in China fell 80% in February because of the coronavirus epidemic, one of the country’s industry associations said on Wednesday.

– Britain’s markets regulator said it was reviewing how companies can continue to operate during a coronavirus outbreak in the country.

– Coronavirus has not affected oil or gas production in Iran, the National Iranian Oil Company said on Wednesday, according to the Tasnim news agency.

– Asian shares rallied for a fourth straight session as U.S. markets swung sharply higher and another dose of central bank stimulus offered some salve for the global economic outlook.

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