(Reuters) – The highly contagious corona virus that causes respiratory disease called COVID-19 has resulted in entire regions being blocked, and in some places soldiers are patrolling the streets to keep consumers and workers in the house, hiring services, and to produce and break supply chains.
A worker in a protective suit knocks on a door to deliver food to a hotel that serves as a central observation and quarantine location for overseas people to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, im Curb March 24, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS
** Almost 435,400 people are infected worldwide and more than 19,500 have died, according to a Reuters report.
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** Summer is unlikely to stop the virus from spreading, and it is expected that every country in Europe will run out of intensive care beds by mid-April, unless it acts quickly, the European Union’s disease control agency said on Wednesday.
** The countries of the European Union need ten times as much personal protective equipment and other medical devices as conventional supply chains, as an internal EU document showed on Wednesday.
** The number of fatalities in the northern Italian region of Lombardy rose by around 296 in one day to around 4,474, a source familiar with the data given on Wednesday. If confirmed, this is the lowest daily death toll in Lombardy since March 19.
** Italy’s unions said the government agreed to close more companies to protect workers’ safety.
** It would be wrong to read too much in numbers indicating a lower relative death rate in Germany, as this is still at the beginning of the epidemic, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health said.
** UK regulators will take action against all companies benefiting from the coronavirus emergency, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said on Wednesday. The UK, which launched a WhatsApp campaign against misinformation, will detail on Thursday how it can help self-employed people run the risk of losing income.
** Prince Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the British throne, has tested positive and isolates himself in Scotland with mild symptoms.
** The coalition government of Kosovo faces a vote of no confidence in Parliament on Wednesday after arguing over whether to declare a state of emergency.
** Russian President Vladimir Putin postponed a nationwide vote on constitutional changes that would allow him to expand his rule.
** Coronavirus exposure accelerated across the states of New York, California and Washington in the United States on Wednesday as Louisiana and others were severely affected by their health systems.
** Many of Brazil’s 850,000 indigenous peoples are asking officials to drive outsiders out of their country who could introduce the disease.
** Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed the virus hysteria and urged the mayors and governors to withdraw the blocking measures that almost brought Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to a standstill.
** Mexico has temporarily suspended asylum applications since Tuesday as the number of cases has increased to 405.
** An emergency aid package for Canadians who suffered economic damage as a result of the outbreak was discontinued.
ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
** Australia will expand the tests, its prime minister said on Wednesday when Canberra is struggling to contain the outbreak.
** Mainland China reported a drop in new cases on Wednesday as imported infections decreased and no locally transmitted infections were reported.
** Singapore reported 73 new cases of coronavirus, the city state’s largest daily jump, on Wednesday.
** India woke up a massive blockade of its 1.3 billion people, but the order did not stop the crowds from stocking up on groceries and pharmacies.
** The Indian government banned the export of a major malaria drug because experts are testing its effectiveness in treating patients with COVID-19.
** Thailand recorded 107 new cases on Wednesday, for a total of 934, while South Korea’s number of 100 new infections increased to 9,137.
** The Singapore government said Wednesday that it does not rule out holding parliamentary elections during the outbreak.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
** The Israelis were instructed on Wednesday to stay within 100 meters of their homes under tougher restrictions that further restricted public transport. Employers had to examine workers for fever and sanction people who violate the rules.
** About half of Iranian government employees stayed home on Tuesday when the country’s death toll exceeded 2,000.
** Pakistan is requesting another $ 1.4 billion loan from the IMF.
** Egypt has imposed a two-week curfew and those who violate the measure will be punished under the emergency laws, the prime minister said.
* The Nigerian army is preparing to force the hospital to hospital and enforce restrictions, and is leasing equipment for “possible mass burials,” according to an Army memo published by Reuters.
** The Congo closed its borders and imposed a state of emergency.
** Mali and Guinea-Bissau reported their first cases on Wednesday.
** A breakneck recovery in world stocks broke the 10% mark on Wednesday before further global corona virus warnings and new commodity market turbulence came to a standstill.[MKTS/GLOB]
** According to a survey on Wednesday, 70 percent of people in G7 countries expect their household to lose income due to the outbreak.
** US senators and Trump administration officials agreed on a massive stimulus bill early Wednesday. The Senate should vote on the $ 2 trillion package later that day, and the House of Representatives will vote on it soon.
** Germany, whose economy could shrink by up to 20% this year, is open to using the European stability mechanism to support the economy in certain circumstances, the magazine Der Spiegel reported on Wednesday.
** German lawmakers voted for the first time on Wednesday to suspend the debt brake in order to fund an aid package designed to help protect Europe’s largest economy.
** Venezuela has started talks with China about possible financial support to cope with a sharp drop in oil prices and the arrival of the corona virus.
** India is likely to agree a $ 19.6 billion stimulus package, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
** The Cannes Film Festival venue opens its doors to the city’s homeless who can’t go anywhere during the closure.
** Two Russian cosmonauts and one American astronaut spent their last weeks on Earth in quarantine before scheduled to launch on April 9 for the International Space Station.
Compiled by Sarah Morland, Milla Nissi and Aditya Soni; Edited by Mike Collett-White, Sriraj Kalluvila and Tomasz Janowski