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Coronavirus updates: Italy deaths at 3,405; cases up 41,000


The cost from a scourge of coronavirus in Italy rose within the last 24 hours by 427 to three,405, overtaking the overall number of deaths to this point registered in China, officials said, because the tally worldwide nears 10,000.

The total number of infections in Italy has also risen to quite 41,000, while cases in Germany, Iran and Spain rose to quite 15,000 each. Cases within the US also surged past 13,000, while the amount of deaths hit 200, forcing the state of California to order a state-wide lockdown.

More than 209,000 people have now been confirmed with the coronavirus globally, while quite 8,700 have died, in keeping with the globe Health Organization.

At least 85,000 have recovered from COVID-19, in keeping with data from Johns Hopkins University within the US.

Here are all the newest updates:

Friday 20 March
08:10 GMT - UK hopes newly-made ventilators are going to be ready next week

Britain said its scramble to supply thousands of ventilators to fight the coronavirus outbreak was achieving results as top companies have already produced a prototype and it should be ready to be used in hospitals by the tip of next week.

"More than half a dozen companies have already made one in prototype, to test with us that we are proud of the standard ," Hancock told BBC TV.

"It's unbelievable. during a matter of days a number of these top engineering companies have already turned their hand to the current effort and already got their prototypes out.”

The UK has recorded 3,269 positive cases to this point.

07:49 GMT - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia bans prayers at holy mosques
Saudi Arabia has suspended the holding of daily prayers and therefore the weekly Friday prayers inside and out of doors the walls of the 2 mosques in Mecca and Medina to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The kingdom recorded 36 new infections on Thursday, bringing its total to 274 with no deaths to this point.

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07:20 GMT - Russia starts testing coronavirus vaccine prototypes on animals
Russian scientists have begun testing prototypes of potential vaccines against the new coronavirus on animals during a laboratory in Siberia, Russia's consumer health regulator said.

Scientists within the Vektor State Virology and Biotechnology Centre within the city of Novosibirsk have developed vaccine prototypes supported six different technological platforms and commenced tests on Monday to undertake to figure out how effective they're and in what doses they might be administered, the regulator said.

Scientists round the world have warned that the event of a vaccine could be a lengthy and sophisticated process which may only yield something for broader use within the next 12-18 months.

"Most often, laboratory mice and rats are used for such studies, ferrets, lower primates and other special lines of laboratory animals also are used," the Russian regulator, Rospotrebnadzor, said during a statement.

Scientists expect it'll be possible to begin rolling out a vaccine within the last three months of 2020, it added.

07:17 GMT - YouTube to cut back streaming quality in Europe
YouTube said it'll reduce its streaming quality within the international organization to avoid straining the net as thousands of Europeans, constrained by the coronavirus outbreak, switch to teleworking and watch videos reception.

YouTube is that the second company after Netflix to act after EU industry chief Thierry Breton urged streaming platforms to chop the standard of their videos to stop internet gridlock.

"We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic within the EU to straightforward definition by default," the corporate said during a statement.

Europe's telecoms providers, from Vodafone to Deutsche Telekom, have reported a spike in data traffic in recent days, forcing Breton to issue his pre-emptive call before the net breaks down.

07:12 GMT - First treatment shipments trickle into Asian nation
The first shipments of international treatment are because of reach North Korea's borders on, but strict border controls could mean the stream of supplies remains a trickle.

Some aid organisations had to urge emergency sanction exemptions from the UN to clear the way for the shipments and are now navigating North Korea's border controls imposed during a bid to keep out the virus.

North Korea has not reported any confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

07:06 GMT - Sri Lanka postpones general elections

The island nation said it'd delay parliamentary elections, initially slated for April 25.

It also banned all incoming flights for 2 weeks on Wednesday and imposed a curfew on some areas. So far, there has been 59 cases of the virus in Sri Lanka.

07:01 GMT - Roads in Kashmir sealed, impacting millions
Dozens of individuals in India-administered Kashmir say they'd been prevented from leaving their neighborhoods by police and paramilitary units.

Srinagar's senior superintendent of police, Haseeb Mughal, told Reuters press agency that road blockades across the valley had been imposed to stop the spread of the virus.

"I had to require my mother to hospital in Srinagar but the police closed the road," said Mohammed Ayub, from the nearby town of Budgam.

"I am waiting here for the last two hours. i am unable to even come back now because the road is blocked because of a traffic congestion."

Muslim-majority Kashmir has been relatively unaffected by the virus, reporting its first case on Wednesday.

06:55 GMT - Pakistan reports third death, urges people to practice social distancing
A 77-year-old patient within the southern city of Karachi died from econdary transmission of the virus, provincial health minister Azra Pechucho has announced.

The patient was a cancer survivor and had suffered from hypertension and diabetes. they'd no history of recent visit any country with a coronavirus outbreak, and had not been involved with anyone who had travelled to such a rustic.

Friday's death brings the overall number of deaths in Pakistan because of COVID-19 to 3.

"We have now reached the purpose of community circulation," said Pechucho during a video statement.

"This means there's hidden circulation of the virus within the community. this is often why we want to be very careful. Please be sure, of yourself, your family and your loved ones, be sure of everyone and practice social distancing."

06:27 GMT - Turkey postpones all major events until end of April
Turkish Presient Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree postponing all events associated with science, culture and art.

The decree said all meetings and activities, indoors or outdoors, would be postponed until the tip of April.

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05:55 GMT - Vanuatu reports first suspected case of coronavirus
The South Pacific Ocean nation of Vanuatu announced on Friday its first suspected case of coronavirus.

The person is in quarantine and samples are collected for testing, in keeping with the country's health ministry. Testing options for the country became limited because of the reduction of international flights.

The country's National Emergency Operations Centre has assumed control of the coronavirus response operation.

05:15 GMT - Australia steps up social distancing regulations
Australia has ratcheted up its social distancing regulations to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, demanding indoor venues provide a minimum of four square metres (43 square feet) of space per person.

The space constraint announced on Friday follows a ban on Wednesday of non-essential indoor gatherings of quite 100 people, including weddings and restaurants.

Gatherings considered essential include schools, supermarkets and workplaces which are exempt.

Australia has also tightened regulations on visit and from remote indigenous communities during a bid to spare them the outbreak.

04:50 GMT - Sri Lankan government imposes curfew
The Sri Lankan government on Friday imposed a 2 1/2 day curfew across the full island during a bid to contain the spreading of the coronavirus.

The curfew are going to be in effect from Friday 6pm until Monday 6am. the amount of positive cases has risen to 59.

04:25 GMT - US governors ask Pentagon for clarification on territorial authorisation
A group of governors within the us has asked Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper to clarify the federal government's plan for the possible activisation of the territorial as a part of the containment action against the coronavirus disease.

In a letter to Esper, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson ad Hawaii Governor David Ige Hawaii, who headed the Council of Governors, an activisation of the territorial should be exhausted consultation with the heads of all 50 states within the US.

The governors expessed concern that in times of emergency, like the coronavirus pandemic, the state powers over the territorial may well be taken some way from them.

03:50 GMT - Olympic flame lands in Japan as doubts grow over Tokyo Games
The Olympic flame arrived in Japan on Friday from Greece during a scaled-down ceremony at an base of operations in northern Japan.

The flame, carried during a special canister, touched down amid growing doubts if the Tokyo Games can open as scheduled on July 24 thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers and therefore the International Olympic Committee say it'll, but postponement or cancellation is viewed increasingly as a possible option.
03:35 GMT - Iran pleads for lifting folks sanctions amid deadly outbreak
Iran's Mission to the United Nations is urging the international community to invoke the us to lift sanctions against the country immediately so it can import medicine and medical equipment desperately needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Iran is one amongst the hardest-hit countries within the world within the coronavirus pandemic. Nine out of 10 cases within the Mideast come from the Islamic Republic, and fears remain that it's going to be under reporting its cases.

Iran's UN Mission said during a statement that "while the US is trying to curb the virus internally, it's helping the spread of virus externally by undermining the professional capabilities of certain affected countries who try and combat its pandemic," the mission said.

As of Thursday, the official number of infections in Iran has reached quite 18,000 with 1,284 deaths.

03:10 GMT - Asian nation releases thousands from quarantine
North Korea says it released thousands of individuals from quarantine, including virtually three foreigners, while maintaining a tricky campaign to stem the spread of the coronavirus within the country, in keeping with the Associated Press.

North Korea has not publicly confirmed one case of the coronavirus, but state media has described anti-virus efforts as a matter of "national existence."

Pyongyang’s official Korean Central press agency on Friday said quite 4,000 people were released within the provinces of North and South Pyongan and Kangwon after health officials confirmed they not had symptoms.

When combining the numbers from previous state media reports, it’s presumed that the North has to this point released around 8,000 people from quarantine.

02:30 GMT - California issues 'stay home' order; US cost hits 200
The US state of California has issued a statewide 'stay at home" order for its 40 million residents and Washington warned Americans to return home or stay abroad indefinitely, with the amount of coronavirus deaths within the country hitting 200.

Governor Gavin Newsom said modeling has shown that 56 percent of California residents were expected to contract COVID-19 over the following eight weeks, requiring nearly 20,000 more hospital beds than the state could currently provide

He said l. a. , because the nation's second-largest city, would likely be "disproportionately impacted" by the pandemic within the coming weeks.

As of Thursday night, there have been more 13,000 coronavirus cases reported within the US.

02:30 GMT - Mexico, US talks about travel restrictions at the border
Mexico’s Foreign Relations Minister says he has held talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about travel restrictions at the border "that won't paralyze economic activity, and leave the border hospitable commerce and workers", amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Marcelo Ebrard said he would give more details of the discussion shortly Friday.

Pompeo wrote on social media that he and Ebrard "have been working closely on travel restrictions that balance protecting our citizens from further transmission of #COVID19. Together, we are able to reduce public health risks and prioritize essential cross-border commerce and trade."

01:45 GMT - Asian nation reports 87 new cases and three more deaths
South Korea has reported 87 new cases of the novel coronavirus and three more deaths, bringing its totals to eight,652 cases and 94 deaths.

The Associated Press press agency quoted South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday as saying that 316,600 people have to this point been tested for the virus and a couple of,230 are released from hospitals.

While infections have slowed within the worst-hit city of Daegu, there's also growing concern a few steady rise in cases within the Seoul metropolitan areas, where about half South Korea’s 51 million people live.

01:25 GMT - China reports record new coronavirus cases from abroad
China's coronavirus infections from abroad hit a brand new daily record while infected travellers reached an unprecedented number of Chinese provinces, pressuring authorities to carry the bar high on already tough custom rules and public-health protocols.

Mainland China had 39 new confirmed cases on Thursday, the country's National Health Commission said on Friday, all of which were imported cases. there have been no locally transmitted cases for the second day.

Of the new imported infections, 14 were in Guangdong, eight in Shanghai and 6 in Beijing, the health authority said during a statement on Friday.

As of Thursday, there have been 228 imported infections in China.

01:18 GMT- Philippines bans entries of all foreigners
The Philippines is indefinitely banning the entry of foreigners after the govt. declared a state of calamity and public health emergency amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said during a statement that it's temporarily suspending visa issuances all told its foreign posts effective immediately.

The drastic move exempts foreign government and international organisation officials and their dependents furthermore as foreign spouses and youngsters of Filipino citizens, the department said.

00:23 GMT- Australian banks announce $57bn loan relief package for businesses
Australian banks on Friday said they'd defer loan repayments for 6 months for tiny businesses impacted by the coronavirus during a A$100bn ($57.34 billion) relief package, Reuters press agency reported.

Depending on customer take up, this might help put the maximum amount as A$8bn ($4.6bn) back to the coffers of small businesses, Australia Banking Association chief Anna Bligh said.

"These are extraordinary times," she told reporters, adding Australia's industry was among the strongest and therefore the most stable within the world.

There were quite 700 confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia as of Thursday.

00:01 GMT Friday - Fears for tourism in Bali amid coronavirus pandemic
Indonesia will suspend its visa-on-arrival policy for a month from Friday to curb the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus within the archipelago, effectively shutting the country's tourism.

For the resort island of Bali, where quite three-quarters of the economy is linked to tourism, the de-facto border closure could prove catastrophic for the population of 4.2 million people.

23:55 GMT Thursday - US court declines to release immigration detainees
A federal judge within the US has declined to order the discharge of immigration detainees who could also be especially susceptible to the new coronavirus because they're old or have underlying health conditions, in keeping with the Associated Press press agency.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and therefore the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project sought the discharge of nine detainees at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Northwest prison in Tacoma within the state of Washington.

US District Judge James L Robart said he was tuned in to the gravity and rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 crisis, but that there's no evidence of a scourge at the privately run jail or that the agency’s precautions are inadequate.

20:00 GMT Thursday - Potential coronavirus treatment touted by Trump already in shortage -pharmacists
Supply of a malaria treatment that has been tried with some success against the new coronavirus is briefly supply as demand surges amid the fast-spreading outbreak, in keeping with independent pharmacies and therefore the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

The ASHP, which maintains a listing of medication in shortage independent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's list, plans to feature the generic malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to its list of shortages shortly Thursday, in keeping with Erin Fox, senior director of drug information at University of Utah Health, who maintains the shortages list for the ASHP.

The FDA couldn't be immediately reached for comment, but hydroxychloroquine isn't currently on its list of medication in shortage.



President Donald Trump on Thursday called on US health regulators to expedite potential therapies aimed toward treating COVID-19 that there's no approved treatments or vaccines.

19:55 GMT Thursday - US leave of absence aid leaves variant workers within the cold
It's usually way only at O'Duffy's Pub on St Patrick's Day, as patrons clad in green pack into the bar to share a drink or two and lots of food. But this year, owner Jamie Kavanaugh and one amongst his bartenders sat alone on the vacation that commemorates Ireland's protector. Like restaurants across the country, Kavanaugh's Kalamazoo, Michigan, bar is now only allowed to serve convenience food as a part of social distancing ordinances meant to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

"People are usually celebrating, smiling, toasting each other, sharing hugs and smiles. Instead, the pub is empty," Kavanaugh told the Al Jazeera press agency. "People that came sure takeout didn't even want to return within the door, and they are afraid to use the pen to sign."

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