World News in Brief: March 28

World News in Brief: March 28

Twenty provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland had reported no new domestic COVID-19 cases for more than 28 days by the end of Friday (March 27), a health official said Saturday (March 28). As of Friday, a total of 81,394 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 had been reported on the mainland, and 3,295 people had died of the disease. (Mar 28, 2020 16:55:04)


US becomes country with most COVID-19 cases: Johns Hopkins University

  Mar 27, 2020 11:20:30
The nationwide tally grew over 10,000 cases in less than five hours. The United States reported 82,404 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 6 p.m. US Eastern Time on Thursday (2200 GMT, March 26), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. 

Asia-Pacific countries report more COVID-19 cases with Thailand reports 111 new cases in a single day

  Mar 26, 2020 21:50:21
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Asia-Pacific region kept increasing on Thursday (March 26) as Thailand reported 111 new cases of the virus in a single day. 

World News in Brief: March 26

  Mar 26, 2020 20:43:28
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched a 2-billion-U.S.-dollar Humanitarian Response Plan on Wednesday (March 25) aimed at fighting the coronavirus in the poorest and most vulnerable countries. 

Eurozone struggles to properly respond to “economic shock” amid COVID-19 fears

  Mar 26, 2020 15:34:34
NDO – A recent comment by Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra - “We are driving through the mist and we don’t know what the next phase looks like” - might cause confusion but it accurately reflects the reality of economies in the Eurozone. Recognising the imminent risk, the only monetary union in the world has yet to agree on measures to respond to the “economic shock” caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. 

WHO urges countries to use "a second window of opportunity" to stop COVID-19 transmission

  Mar 26, 2020 11:27:46
Calling it "a second window of opportunity", the chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday ( March 25) urged countries to use this critical window now to suppress and stop transmission of COVID-19. 

Chinese mainland reports 67 new imported COVID-19 cases

  Mar 26, 2020 11:27:35
The Chinese mainland reported 67 new imported cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Wednesday (March 25), bringing the total number of imported cases to 541, according to the National Health Commission Thursday (March 26). 

World News in Brief: March 25

  Mar 25, 2020 13:50:31
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) to help launch a stimulus package in the trillions of dollars to keep businesses, workers and households afloat in face of the coronavirus. By the end of this year, the cost of this pandemic is likely to be measured in the trillions of dollars, Guterres told G20 leaders in a letter dated March 23. 

Coronavirus deaths top 1,000 in France as gov't struggles to contain "unprecedented" epidemic

  Mar 25, 2020 11:40:48
French Director General of Health Jerome Salomon on Tuesday (March 24) announced that 1,100 people diagnosed with the COVID-19 have died, an increase of 240 in one day, as the country entered the second week of a nationwide lockdown. 

Joint efforts required to ensure “health of global economy” amid COVID-19 outbreaks

  Mar 25, 2020 11:18:19
NDO – The world economy is witnessing severe damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Facing the risk of economic recession and projected negative growth, many countries have launched bailout packages as a “life buoy” for the economy. 

G20 virtual summit on COVID-19 to be held on March 26

  Mar 25, 2020 11:14:18
The Saudi Arabian G20 Presidency will host the virtual G20 Summit on response to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 26, the G20 Saudi secretariat said on March 24. 

China deploys measures to curb imported COVID-19 cases, rebound in indigenous cases

  Mar 25, 2020 11:14:04
Chinese authorities on March 23 deployed measures to guard against imported cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and a rebound in domestically transmitted cases in response to changes in the epidemic situation. 

World News in Brief: March 24

  Mar 24, 2020 13:54:56
International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound said on Monday (March 23) that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are set to be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 78-year-old Canadian added that the games will likely be moved to 2021, and that the IOC will announce its next steps soon. 

UK ramps up measures as more COVID-19 cases reported

  Mar 24, 2020 11:40:36
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday (March 23) evening a series of measures that aim to restrict social contact in the United Kingdom, so as to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

China disposes of 182,000 tonnes of medical waste amid COVID-19 outbreak

  Mar 24, 2020 10:54:27
China has disposed of 182,000 tonnes of medical waste since late January amid the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE).