The US Congress has voted for a $8.3bn emergency funding package to fight the coronavirus as Italy closes schools, and cancels public events while countries round the globe report more cases.
The US move came because the country reported a complete of 11 deaths, including one in California, the primary outside Washington state. More cases have also emerged in ny and la with California declaring a state of emergency.
Globally, over 93,000 people are diagnosed with COVID-19, the overwhelming majority of them in China where the virus originated late last year.
The country’s National Health Commission announced on Thursday that an additional 31 people had died from the illness pushing the price above 3,000.
The country has now confirmed 80,409 people with the virus although many have now recovered.
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07:43 GMT – Bosnia and Herzegovina reports first case
Bosnia and Herzegovina has reported its first case of coronavirus, confirmed by the health ministry of Bosnia’s Republika Srpska entity.
07:36 GMT – Chinese President Xi’s visit delayed
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Japan has been postponed because as countries have agreed to prioritise the fight against the coronavirus outbreak, Japan’s top government spokesman said.
The Asian neighbours agreed that a replacement itinerary would be arranged at a far better time, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a group discussion.
Suga said the delay in Xi’s visit, which had been originally planned for early April, wouldn’t affect Japan-China relations.
06:42 GMT – Greece reports tenth case, shuts schools in three areas
Greece reported its tenth case of coronavirus. The person had recently returned from a non secular pilgrimage to Israel and Egypt, health authorities said.
Greece on Wednesday ordered schools to be closed and banned public gatherings in three districts in western Greece from Thursday as a precaution after someone from the region tested positive for coronavirus.
The ban was in effect for 48 hours and subject to review, authorities said.
06:41 GMT – Italy may raise support spending to 5 billion euros
Italy’s government is probably going to extend to 5 billion euros ($5.57bn) the worth of measures to assist the economy withstand the most important outbreak of coronavirus in Europe, Deputy Economy Minister Laura Castelli said.
“It is probably going that the govt will reach [five billion euros]” Castelli said in an interview with daily Il Messaggero, adding that she thought it had been “necessary to boost the bar the maximum amount as possible”.
Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri has promised tax breaks and other measures for the affected sectors worth 3.6 billion euros.
A government source told Reuters on Wednesday this might be raised to 4.5 billion, or 0.25 percent of GDP.
06:35 GMT – UAE advises against travel abroad
The United Arab Emirates has urged citizens and other residents to avoid travelling abroad due to concerns over a coronavirus, state news organization WAM said.
Authorities within the Gulf state may order medical checks on returning travellers and ask them to remain in isolation reception, pending the end result, WAM said, citing a health ministry statement.
The UAE, which has closed schools and academic institutions for four weeks, said students and education workers would must spend 14 days in home isolation on returning to the country.
06:30 GMT – IMF: Virus will slow global economic process this year
The spread of the coronavirus will hold 2020 global output gains to their slowest pace since the 2008-2009 financial crisis, International money (IMF) decision maker Kristalina Georgieva said on Wednesday.
The IMF now expects 2020 world growth to be below the two.9 percent rate for 2019 and revised forecasts are going to be issued within the coming weeks.
The IMF is making available $50bn in emergency funding to assist poor and middle-income countries with weak health systems answer the epidemic, Georgieva said after a call with the IMF’s committee.
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05:40 GMT – metropolis evacuates more people from metropolis
Hong Kong is evacuating more of its people from Wuhan where the coronavirus originated late last year.
The first group of evacuees arrived on Wednesday, after surfing health checks before boarding. they’re going to spend 14 days in quarantine.
05:20 GMT – Thailand reports four more cases
Thailand has diagnosed four more cases of coronavirus; an Italian man who arrived within the country on March 1, a Thai man who returned from Italy, a Chinese man who was in transit from Iran to China and was found to own the virus during screening. and a Thai student who had return from Iran.
The country now has 47 confirmed cases.
04:35 GMT – Japan’s Anges to figure on vaccine with Osaka University
Reuters is reporting that Japanese biopharmaceutical firm Anges will work with Osaka University on developing a coronavirus vaccine.
Anges says it’ll be a ‘preventative DNA vaccine’, in step with Reuters, which also cites a professor at Osaka University saying such vaccines can be mass produced during a short period of your time.
Researchers round the world are working to develop effective treatments and vaccines since Chinese scientists first isolated the coronavirus genome back in January.
04:20 GMT – China, metropolis cautiously getting back to figure
Al Jazeera’s Divya Gopalan has been giving us an update from metropolis where she says there are now more people on the road, and more traffic than there are in weeks.
China is additionally trying to induce its people back to figure after a chronic shutdown to prevent the virus from spreading.
The strict quarantines appear to be paying off in terms of lower numbers of daily confirmed cases, but there was a small uptick within the data released on Thursday – 139 new cases, compared with 119 the day before – and therefore the country has revised its counting methods some times.
“China is much from out of the woods,” Gopalan says. “It’s changed the way it tallies the numbers several times. At the instant, it doesn’t include those that are asymptomatic – folks that have the virus but don’t seem to be showing symptoms.”
03:52 GMT – UK airline Flybe collapses as coronavirus hits flights
Britain’s biggest operator of domestic flights, Flybe, has announced that it’s grounding all its flights following a declaration of bankruptcy, because the coronavirus epidemic takes toll on airline companies worldwide.
“All flights are grounded and therefore the UK business has ceased trading with immediate effect,” said the airline, which employs an estimated 2,000 people.
02:45 GMT – Olympics will go ahead: Minister Seiko Hashimoto
Japan’s Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto said on Thursday the country was still preparing for the Summer Games, which are thanks to start in July.
“Cancellation or delay of the Games would be unacceptable for the athletes,” Hashimoto told the Upper House budget committee. “An environment where athletes can feel relaxed and focus should be firmly prepared.”
Hashimoto was speaking because the western prefecture of Shiga reported its first coronavirus case – a person in his 60s – and therefore the country’s total number of cases rose above 1,000.
02:15 GMT – Australia announces second death; more travel restrictions
Australia says a person has died from the coronavirus; an elderly woman who was diagnosed with the illness after a worker at the institution where she lived was confirmed to own the virus.
Most of Australia’s 52 cases are people from the Diamond Princess liner which was quarantined off Japan, but the country has also introduced travel restrictions with variety of nations.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said non-Australians coming from Asian nation wouldn’t be allowed to enter the country, while people returning from Italy would must undergo enhanced screening.
A ban on visitors from China and Iran was also being extended, he said.
02:05 GMT – Asian nation cases still climb
South Korea has just given its first update of the day on the coronavirus situation there. It’s confirmed 438 new cases taking total infections to five,766.
The Korea Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention also said three more people died from the virus, bringing the overall to 35.
The US has also reported two more cases among the 28,500 soldiers stationed within the country, bringing the overall to 6.
01:55 GMT – Watchdog tells Qantas to enhance cleaning standards
Australia’s national carrier has been told to spruce up its cleaning to make sure passengers are better protected against the coronavirus.
The Sydney Morning Herald says Safework NSW issued a notice to the airline on February 26 warning of an “inadequate system of labor wont to clean planes which will have transported passengers with an communicable disease.” 01:35 GMT – Singapore delays flight after passenger confirmed with COVID-19
Singapore’s Transport Ministry grounded a Turkish Airlines flight on Wednesday after one amongst the passengers tested positive for the coronavirus.
TK54, a Boeing 787-9, arrived in Singapore from Turkey on March 3, but was delayed on the return leg after the case was discovered, the ministry said during a statement on its website.
“(The) Ministry of Health has started contact tracing for flight passengers who may have had contact with the case while the case was infectious,” it said.
Local media reported there have been 220 people on the plane, which flew back to Turkey with crew but no passengers within the early hours of Thursday morning.
00:35 GMT – China coronavirus deaths exceed 3,000
China’s National Health Commission has just released its daily update on the coronavirus.
It reported 139 new cases on Wednesday, compared with 119 the day before. That brings the overall number of cases on the mainland 80,409.
The number of deaths rose to three,012 after an extra 31 people died from the illness.
00:25 GMT – California declares state of emergency over virus
California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus after the state reported its first death from the disease.
Newsom told a media briefing the state had 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19.