Leaders from the ecu Union are promising to try and do “whatever it takes” to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, as Italy reported its biggest single-day toll since the disease was first detected there last month.
The 27 leaders of the EU met in an exceedingly video conference after facing criticism they’d been too slow to accommodate the outbreak, which first emerged in China at the top of last year.
Elsewhere, the virus continued to spread within the us and appeared in new countries including Bolivia and Turkey, while Indonesia recorded its first death.
Globally, over 4,000 people have died from the coronavirus and in more than 113,000 cases are confirmed, per the globe Health Organization (WHO). About 64,000 people have recovered from the illness round the world per John Hopkins University.
This is Mersiha Gadzo taking on from my colleague Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
Wednesday, March 11
09:00 GMT – Beijing orders quarantine for all international arrivals
All international arrivals in Beijing must undergo period of time of quarantine, a city official said Wednesday, as China tries to limit imported cases of the coronavirus.
Beijing had already required quarantine for people getting back from severely hit countries including South Korea, Iran, Italy and Japan but Zhang Qiang, a city government official, said at a news conference that those landing from any nation would now face 14-day isolation.
08:37 GMT – Thailand cancels all visas on arrival
Thailand will stop issuing visas on arrival for visitors from all countries that were previously eligible for them
and will also cancel visa exemptions for visitors from South Korea, Italy and urban center.
08:07 GMT – Iraq cancels Friday prayers in Karbala
Iraq cancelled Friday prayers within the Shia Holy City of Karbala, per an announcement from local officials.
08:05 GMT – Bahrain reports 77 new cases
Bahrain’s health mninistry reported 77 new cases of coronavirus among citizens evacuated from Iran, raising the overall to 189, 30 of whom have recovered.
07:52 GMT – Bank of England cuts key charge per unit to 0.25 percent
The Bank of England cut its key charge per unit by 0.5 percent to 0.25 percent as an emergency measure.
The financial institution said in an exceedingly statement the move would “help support businesses and consumer confidence at a difficult time”.
It added the effect of the new coronavirus on the British economy may well be significant, with activity likely to “weaken materially” within the coming months.
“These measures will help to stay firms in business and folks in jobs and help prevent a brief disruption from causing longer-lasting economic harm.”
07:25 GMT – UK boosting funds to fight virus in Johnson’s first budget
The UK’s new minister Rishi Sunak will pledge billions of pounds to fight the results of coronavirus on Wednesday, and also the Bank of England might add its firepower to the try to forestall the chance of a brand new recession.
Sunak, within the job for fewer than a month, will deliver the primary budget of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government against a backdrop of slumping stock markets and a rush by global policymakers to pump more stimulus into their economies.
07:14 GMT – India cancels visas for travellers from Germany, France, Spain
India has cancelled all visas granted to nationals from Germany, France and Spain issued on and before Thursday and asked Indian citizens to avoid travelling to those countries.
The new advisory comes because the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus raised to 50 in India.
The visas of all foreign nationals who have travelled to those three countries on February 1 or after and haven’t yet entered India also are cancelled, the Health Ministry advisory said.
07:00 GMT – US secretary of defence postpones visit to Pakistan, India
US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper postponed a key visit to Pakistan, India and other countries within the region, the Pentagon announced.
Secretary Esper planned to go to the region from March 16 to twenty for talks geared toward promoting the Afghan social process. He was expected in Islamabad on Christian holy day for an overnight stay.
Other destinations on his trip included Uzbekistan and possibly Kabul.
06:28 GMT – Indonesia records first death
A 53-year-old woman has died from coronavirus in Indonesia, the country’s first recorded death from the virus, per a health ministry official.
The woman, a remote national, had underlying conditions including diabetes and hypertension, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said, adding she had already been in critical condition when she was admitted to a hospital.
Indonesia has 26 other confirmed coronavirus patients.
06:27 GMT – Tokyo Disney parks extend closure until early April
The operator of Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea said the parks will remain closed through early April.
Oriental Land also said the openings of recent zones and attractions, scheduled for April 15, are going to be pushed back to mid-May, because the government calls on the general public to avoid unnecessary outings and crowded places.
06:25 GMT – Vietnam’s cases rise to 35 after new infections from Europe
Weeks after Vietnam declared that each one 16 of its coronavirus cases had recovered, the amount of infected patients rose following the reintroduction of the virus on a flight from Britain.
Vietnam’s health ministry reported a complete of 35 coronavirus cases, over double the initial 16.
Thirteen passengers who were on a Vietnam Airlines flight from London to Hanoi on Texas Independence Day tested positive for the virus, most of them British or Vietnamese those that had travelled to other parts of Europe, including Italy, the ministry said.
06:20 GMT – Turkey reports first case of coronavirus
Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said the case was a male patient who had returned from Europe, but didn’t provide more details, citing the patient’s right to privacy.
Koca said the patient was quarantined and his relations and others who had inherit contact with him had been isolated.
“An early diagnosis was made. If there’s an infection within the country, it’s very limited,” Anadolu Agency quoted him as saying.
I’m returning this blog shortly to my colleague Mersiha in Doha. a fast summary of this morning’s developments:
Japan has recorded its biggest single-day increase in cases, while Panama recorded the primary death in Central America.
In the US, the National Guard has been sent to assist in containment within the town of recent Rochelle in the big apple state, while within the UK, Nadine Dorries, a junior health minister has been diagnosed with the virus.
Countries are stepping up measures to curb social interaction with big events including the Coachella festival in California postponed or cancelled. They’re also setting aside big sums to support health and also the economy – Australia’s package is worth $1.6bn.
In China meanwhile, the outbreak continues to slow. every day after the visit of President Xi Jinping to Wuhan, the province said it might allow some companies to resume work. A travel ban will remain effective.
05:40 GMT – China’s Hubei easing some restrictions but travel ban remains
Officials in China’s central province of Hubei say some companies are going to be ready to resume operations, in an exceedingly slight loosening of the restrictions that were imposed on the province at the epicentre of the outbreak nearly two months ago.
Businesses providing daily necessities can retreat to to figure immediately, while people who are key links in national or global supply chains can open with the permission of the relevant authorities.
A ban preventing anyone from leaving the province remains effective.
04:30 GMT – Taiwan evacuees arrive back from Wuhan
Two planes carrying 361 Taiwanese from Wuhan have arrived back on the island after weeks of negotiations between Taipei and Beijing, which claims democratically-ruled Taiwan as its own.
The passengers were all given health checks and sent for a 14-day quarantine.
One flight brought Taiwanese back to the island in early February before disputes delayed the others.
Taiwan’s Health Minister, Chen Shih-chung, said each side had been “extremely concerned” with making the flights happen.
03:30 GMT – Washington state to ban crowds of 250 or more – Associated Press
Associated Press is reporting that Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington state, plans to ban gatherings and events of over 250 people within the Seattle area.
Inslee is predicted to carry a news conference on Wednesday morning.
03:05 GMT – Chinese city reverses relaxation policy, to continue transport ban
Qianjiang in China’s Hubei province said on Wednesday it’ll continue with strict transportation bans, revoking a policy of relaxation announced the previous day.
The city said in an announcement on WeChat that it might “continue to implement strict traffic and personnel control … to win the epidemic.”
Qianjiang had said on Tuesday that each one traffic checkpoints would be removed, public transportation would operate again and firms would be ready to resume add the near future, per a report on a politician website.
02:05 GMT – Arsenal and Manchester City match called off over virus
Wednesday’s planned match between Arsenal and Manchester City has become the primary within the Premier League to be called off thanks to the coronavirus.
The League said the choice was made as a “precautionary measure” after Evangelos Marinakis, the owner of Greek side Olympiakos, tested positive for the virus.
Olympiakos played Arsenal 13 days ago and Marinakis met several members of the Arsenal squad and staff. The players are now in self-isolation.
02:00 GMT – South Korea reports 242 new cases
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its latest update, reporting 242 new coronavirus cases.
The total number of cases within the country now stands at 7,755.
01:55 GMT – Panama records first coronavirus death in Central America
Panama’s health minister on Tuesday confirmed eight cases of the coronavirus within the country, including one death, the primary virus-linked fatality in Central America.
“Of the eight patients we are reporting, one person is in medical aid, another unfortunately died,” Minister Rosario Turner said during a news conference in Panama City.
The government said it might ban all mass gatherings including sporting events and concerts. State and personal schools in affected areas also will be closed until April 7.
01:50 GMT – Australia unveils $1.6bn health package to tackle virus
Australia has unveiled a 2.4 billion Australian dollars ($1.56bn) health package on Wednesday that proposes putting in place fever clinics and offering cost-free facilities for people with mild symptoms to consult doctors over video calls.
“This package is about preventing and treating coronavirus within the coming weeks,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Canberra.
01:35 GMT – China cases rise as coronavirus comes in from overseas
Latest figures from China showed a small increase in daily cases, as people were found to possess the virus after strolling back from overseas.
The National Health Commission on Wednesday morning reported 24 new cases, compared with 19 the day before. there have been 22 more deaths.
Ten of the new cases were imported and 6 were in Beijing in those that had travelled to the Chiense capital from Italy and also the US.
All the deaths were in Hubei.
00:10 GMT – Bolivia reports first two cases of coronavirus
Bolivia’s Health Minister Anibal Cruz has announced the South American country’s first two cases of coronavirus.
00:05 GMT – Coachella music festival postponed until October over coronavirus
California’s Coachella music festival – one in every of the world’s biggest – has been postponed until October thanks to concerns over the coronavirus, organiser Goldenvoice said on Tuesday.
The festival usually brings half 1,000,000 people to an open-air site east of l. a. was because of happen in April with a lineup including Rage Against the Machine, Frank Ocean and Travis Scott.
At the direction of local authorities, “we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella,” Goldenvoice said in an exceedingly statement.
“While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the protection and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously,” it said.
00:00 GMT – Japan reports biggest single-day rise in cases: NHK
Japan confirmed 59 new cases of coronavirus infection on Tuesday, the largest one-day rise since the beginning of the outbreak, public broadcaster NHK reported.
NHK says the overall number of cases has risen to 1,278, including 696 from the Diamond Princess ocean liner and 14 returnees on charter flights from China.
One new infection was reported early Wednesday, within the western prefecture of Hyogo.
There are 19 deaths from the virus, including seven from the ocean liner.
23:30 GMT – UK junior health minister diagnosed with coronavirus
Nadine Dorries, a junior health minister within the UK government, has been diagnosed with the coronavirus and is in isolation.
The 62-year-old is now recovering but says she is worried for the health of her 84-year-old mother.