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Russia reports first death of Coronavirus


Russia has announced that a 79-year-old woman with coronavirus and other underlying health issues died from pneumonia, the country's first confirmed death resulting from the pandemic.

Italy, the country most laid low with the coronavirus outside China, reported an extra 475 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, because the world stepped up efforts against the pandemic by closing schools, shutting down cities and imposing strict border controls.

The UK was the newest to announce it might close schools. The US and Canada, meanwhile, have closed their border to all or any but essential traffic.

Nearly 220,000 people have now been confirmed with the coronavirus globally, and while a minimum of 84,000 people have recovered from COVID-19, quite 8,800 have died, in step with data from Johns Hopkins University within the US.


Thursday 19 March
09:43 GMT - Thailand reports 60 new coronavirus cases
Thailand recorded 60 new coronavirus cases within the biggest daily jump within the number of cases to date to require its total infections to 272, a health official said.

The new cases constitute two groups, the primary consists of 43 cases linked to earlier cases, while the second group involves 17 new patients including arrivals from countries like Italy, Malaysia, Japan, Iran and Taiwan, Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of Department of Disease Control at the Ministry of Health, told a group discussion.

Thailand has recorded one death since the outbreak, with 42 patients having recovered and gone home and 229 still being treated in hospital.

09:22 GMT - Israel: Palestinian prisoners contracted coronavirus
Israeli authorities said that four Palestinian prisoners contracted coronavirus.

09:22 GMT - Malaysia reports 110 new coronavirus cases
Malaysia reported 110 new coronavirus cases, with the overall number of cases increasing to 900.

Most of the new cases were linked to a non secular gathering at a mosque attended by 16,000 people, the health ministry said.

09:15 GMT - A journalist's story of creating her way home before lockdown
Manila-based journalist Ana Santos was attending at a training programme in Central American nation when the coronavirus pandemic started a crisis round the world.

The programme was cancelled and she or he had to return to her respective country, the Philippines, immediately.

She had a bit bit quite 48 hours to form a quite 24-hour flight to Manila before the entire country was sealed.

Here, she describes the logistical hurdles she went through trying to urge home because the pandemic accelerated.

08:53 GMT - All you would like to understand about coronavirus
According to the WHO, coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illnesses starting from the cold to more severe diseases like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and also the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

WHO says signs of infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Here is all you would like to understand about the coronavirus.

08:40 GMT - PM Conte: Italy to prolong anti-coronavirus lockdown
Italy will remain under lockdown beyond previous deadlines thanks to expire later this month and in early April, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said.

In comments to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, Conte said measures taken to shut schools, universities and to impose severe restrictions on movement would need to be prolonged.

Under current measures, Italy's 60 million people are only allowed to travel for work, medical reasons or emergencies under an order that runs until April 3, while most shops, except those selling food and pharmacies, are presupposed to remain closed until Annunciation..

07:10 GMT - Russia reports first coronavirus death
Russia said a 79-year-old woman with underlying health issues, who tested positive for the new coronavirus, had died from pneumonia, the country's first confirmed death resulting from the virus.

Russia has to date reported 147 cases of the coronavirus.

06:35 GMT - Up to twenty,000 UK military personnel to travel on standby
Up to 20,000 British military service personnel are placed on standby to assist tackle the coronavirus outbreak, the defence ministry said.

The number represented a doubling of service personnel who are on standby.

06:15 GMT - Medical volunteers spread coronavirus awareness in Syria
As the coronavirus takes a firmer hold across the center East, there's growing concern that war-torn Syria might face a significant outbreak.

As concerns over a possible catastrophic prospect grows, a gaggle of medical volunteers in northern Syria teach displaced Syrians the way to help prevent catching coronavirus.

06:00 GMT - German minister tested negative for coronavirus
German minister of finance Olaf Scholz said that his test for the coronavirus came back negative.

Scholz added in a very tweet that his cold was subsiding slowly which he would join discussions at Chancellor Angela Merkel's office on Thursday.

"The #corona crisis is challenging us all - together we will weather it. Our country can be intimate," Scholz added.

05:45 GMT - Lutfhansa: Airlines may not survive without state aid
Lufthansa said that the airline industry might not survive without state aid if the coronavirus epidemic lasts for a protracted time.

The German airline group has slashed capacity, proposed short-time working and suspended its dividend, saying it absolutely was impossible to forecast the impact of coronavirus on profitability.

"The spread of the coronavirus has placed the whole global economy and our company in addition in an unprecedented state of emergency," CEO Carsten Spohr said in a very statement.

"At present, nobody can foresee the results."

04:55 GMT - India's PM to deal with nation
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a national address on the coronavirus at 8pm (14:30 GMT), he announced on his official Twitter account.

04:50 GMT - World Bank increases virus response package to $14bn
The World Bank has increased its support package for businesses and economies battling the impact of the coronavirus.

04:10 GMT - Hokkaido ending state of emergency
Japanese public broadcaster NHK is reporting that an expert panel guiding Japan's coronavirus response may advise a relaxation of controls in regions that haven't seen outbreaks, because the northern island of Hokkaido ends its state of emergency.

The communicable disease experts are thanks to meet afterward Thursday.

Japan, which is thanks to host the Olympics in July, has insisted it'll press ahead with the games while the pandemic has brought the sports world almost to a standstill.

Hokkaido had 154 infections as of Wednesday. Among Japan's 47 prefectures, 22 have had fewer than 5 coronavirus cases, in step with health ministry data.

04:00 GMT - WHO responds on ibuprofen concerns
The WHO has said it's discussing concerns about the employment of ibuprofen to treat fever in patients with COVID-19 and isn't tuned in to any negative effects.

It is not recommending against its use.

03:55 GMT - Indonesia must build testing - Joko Widodo
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo says the Southeast Asian nation has to immediately widen its testing for coronavirus after the country reported 55 new cases on Wednesday.

"I ask that the amount of testing kits and also the number of test centres are increased and that we get more hospitals involved," Widodo said.

Indonesia has recorded a complete of 227 cases to date.

02:30 GMT - Govt steps in to call off mass Muslim event in Indonesia
Indonesian authorities have succeeded in convincing a gaggle of Mulsim pilgrims to call off a mass rally amid fears it could fuel the spread of the coronavirus.

Officials have spent days trying to urge Ijtima Asia, a part of the world Tablighi Jama'at movement, to prevent the event with 8,500 people already gathering near Makassar in eastern Indonesia.

A similar event in Malaysia which attracted quite 16,000 people spiked a surge in cases not only in Malaysia, but also other countries in geographical region.

"Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God), Ijtima finally agreed to postpone/cancel," the pinnacle of Gowa regency, Adnan Purichta Ichsan posted on social media late on Wednesday.

02:20 GMT - Qantas to halt all international flights from late March
Two thirds of staff at Australian airline Qantas are told to travel home, with the airline stopping all international flights from the tip of March until a minimum of the tip of May.

"This could be a terrible day that we've to form these decisions on the survival of the national carrier," the airline's chief executive Alan Joyce told reporters. "I never thought as a CEO i'd need to stand down two thirds of our people."

Some domestic flights will continue.

02:10 GMT - New Zealand tells citizens 'Do not travel'
New Zealanders are told to not travel given the heightened risk of contracting the coronavirus overseas.

"We are raising our travel aware of the very best level: don't travel," minister Winston Peters said in a very statement. "This is that the first time, the New Zealand government has advised New Zealanders against travelling anywhere overseas. That reflects the seriousness of true we face with COVID-19."

He also urged New Zealanders already overseas to return home.

02:05 GMT - Asian nation reports jump in cases after four days of slowing infections
Latest data from Asian nation show a jump in new coronavirus cases with a brand new outbreak emerging n a rest home within the hardest-hit city of Daegu.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 152 new cases, taking the national tally to eight,565.

The country had recorded fewer than 100 new infections for four days in a very row until Wednesday.

Among the new cases, 97 are from Daegu, where the KCDC said a minimum of 74 patients at a rest home tested positive for the virus in the week.

The KCDC failed to specify now many of the new cases were linked to the rest home directly.

The fresh outbreak has prompted Daegu officials to launch extensive checks on all other nursing homes.

01:45 GMT - China reports only imported cases, mostly in Beijing
China's new cases of coronavirus underscore how the character of the outbreak has shifted.

The National Health Commission says while there have been no domestic cases reported on Wednesday, there have been 34 confirmed cases among people getting back from overseas. That compares with 13 the day before.

Of the 34 imported infections, 21 were in Beijing.

That brings the overall number of confirmed cases in Asian country to date to 80,928.

The price rose by eight to three,245 as of the tip of Wednesday.

01:30 GMT - Wuhan and Hubei report no new cases of coronavirus for first time
China's city centre of Wuhan and its surrounding province of Hubei have reported no new cases of coronavirus for the primary time.

COVID-19 is assumed to own originated in a very now-closed seafood market that also sold wildlife late last year.

00:30 GMT - US and Canada close border to all or any but essential traffic
The US and Canada have closed their border to non-essential traffic.

00:20 GMT - Trump signs coronavirus response bill
The White House says US President Donald Trump has signed the coronavirus response bill that may afford free testing and paid leave for those working in companies with below 500 employees.

That excludes giant firms like Amazon, McDonald's and Walmart.

00:05 GMT - Hong Kong introduces compulsory quarantine for all overseas arrivals
Hong Kong has tightened rules for people strolling back from overseas.

The territory's reported a rising number of imported cases and every one arrivals will now be required to spend 14 days in quarantine on their arrival in Hong Kong.

The authorities also are urging the city's residents to not travel.

00:00 GMT - UK to shut schools from Friday
The uk is to shut all schools from Friday and cancel national exams, because it ramps up efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told parliament that that true had become increasingly challenging.

"The spike of the virus is increasing at a faster pace than anticipated," he said.

In London, which has reported nearly 1,000 cases of the coronavirus, the underground's night network - a more limited service - will be closed down.

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