Here’s what we know about the deadly virus as of today’ 26th March 2020;
© China reported no new locally transmitted cases for the second day in a row. Mainland China did however report an increase in new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of which involved travellers arriving from abroad.
© The governor of Tokyo, Japan, has asked the city’s residents to stay at home this weekend to avoid an “explosion” of Covid-19 infections following a rise in the number of local cases.
© The economic downturn and job losses caused by the pandemic is likely to be worse than the 2008 recession, according to World Trade Organization projections.
© Singapore is heading for a deep recession, data shows. Singapore has suffered its biggest economic slump for a decade, according to preliminary growth figures for the first three months of the year.
© Thailand barred entry into the kingdom late on Wednesday, enacting sweeping emergency powers in a bid to stem the local spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
© Mexico’s federal government will suspend all non-essential activities beginning on Thursday, Mexico’s deputy health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell told reporters.
© The global death toll passed 21,000. In all, 21,152 people have died as a result of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The institution says there have been at least 451,355 cases around the world, while 112,982 people have recovered.
© US authorities prepared to bring home tens of thousands of people more than they had expected. As many as 50,000 Americans may need their government’s help in getting home, the US State Department said.
© More than 400,000 volunteered to help the UK’s health service. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, says the government had hoped 250,000 people would volunteer to help those in isolation by delivering medicines, driving patients to and from hospital appointments and making regular phone calls to check up on them.
© The UK identified nearly 1,500 new cases. The UK’s Department of Health and Social Care says that, as of 9am on Wednesday (GMT), 9,529 people have tested positive; an increase of 1,452 since its last update, which was as at 9am on Tuesday. A further 28 people died in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in the UK to 465.
© Italy’s infection rate slowed for the third consecutive day. The World Health Organization said the country could reach its peak number of coronavirus cases on Sunday.
© Argentina reported its largest one-day increase in cases. According to local media reports, officials in the country say the latest figures show 86 new cases in 24 hours – the highest daily figure of the pandemic to date.
© Belgian hospital admissions increased by half. With experts warning the disease has not yet reached its peak, the country’s federal crisis centre said 434 people had been admitted to hospital in 24 hours; an increase of 50% on the previous day.
Spain’s deputy prime minister tested positive. Carmen Calvo was hospitalised on Sunday with a respiratory infection. She is doing well and receiving medical treatment, according to the Spanish government.
© The UN launched a global humanitarian response plan. Its secretary general, António Guterres, called on governments to work together to combat the pandemic.
© Widespread New York closures are likely, the state’s governor warned. Andrew Cuomo said New York City could begin closing streets to traffic, while parks and playgrounds could yet see mandatory closures if New Yorkers continue to ignore calls to self-quarantine.