An Indian policeman walks past artwork displayed on road urging people to stay home during lockdown to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Hyderabad. Picture: /Mahesh Kumar A./AP
An Indian policeman walks past artwork displayed on road urging people to stay home during lockdown to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Hyderabad. Picture: /Mahesh Kumar A./AP

The latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world

By Reuters Time of article published Apr 22, 2020

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Reported cases of the coronavirus have crossed 2.57 million globally and 178,574 people have died, according to a Reuters tally as of 1400 GMT on Wednesday.



* The US House of Representatives will pass Congress' latest coronavirus aid bill on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, paving the way for additional $500 billion in economic relief. 

* An old malaria drug touted by President Trump as a "game changer" provided no benefit and potentially higher risk of death for patients at US veterans hospitals, according to an analysis submitted for expert review. 

Passengers leave the Staten Island Ferry in New York. Picture: Mark Lennihan/AP

* Ecuador is preparing a plan to reactivate its economy and allow flights home for citizens stranded abroad, the government said following a month of strict quarantine. 

* Peru's hospitals are struggling with a rapid rise in infections, with bodies being kept in hallways, masks repeatedly reused, and protests of medical workers concerned over their safety. 

* Mexico registered a jump of more than 700 confirmed cases on Tuesday, to reach a total of 9,501, health ministry officials said. 

* Allies of both Venezuela's president and its opposition leader have begun secret talks as concerns grow about the possible impact of the pandemic, according to sources on both sides. 

* Hundreds of Brazilians stranded in Southeast Asia during an emergency lockdown are headed home after the Brazilian embassy in Bangkok chartered a flight for them.

Police officers are standing at Neumarkt during a press appointment and wear mouthguards in Dresden, Germany. Picture: Robert Michael/dpa via AP


* Germany approved live human testing of a potential vaccine developed by German biotech company BioNTech. 

* It may take European Union countries until the summer or longer to agree on how to finance an economic recovery as major disagreements persist, an official said on Wednesday. 

* The outbreak has caused as many as 41,000 deaths in the United Kingdom, according to a Financial Times analysis of official data. 

A woman wearing a protective mask walks over Westminster Bridge in London during the Covid-19 lockdown. Picture: Frank Augstein/AP

* Britain's prime minister faced a call for an inquiry into his government's handling of the crisis after failing to fully explain partial death data, limited testing or the lack of equipment for hospitals. 

* Spain's prime minister said he plans to begin phasing out lockdown measures in the second half of May. 

* Confirmed infections surpassed 10,000 in Poland on Wednesday, the highest number in post-communist central Europe, as it slowly eases restrictions ahead of a presidential election. 

Laundry hangs on clotheslines strung above the street between apartment buildings in Venice as Italy's lockdown measures continue to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Picture: Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

* Ukraine extended strong quarantine measures till May 11. 

* The Kremlin called allegations about artificial origin of the new coronavirus groundless and unacceptable. 

* The Berlin Marathon will not go ahead in September after Germany banned public gatherings of over 5,000 until October 24.


* Hackers working in support of the Vietnamese government have attempted to break into Chinese state organisations at the centre of Beijing's effort to contain the outbreak, a US cybersecurity firm said. 

* A northeastern city of 10 million people grappling with what is now China's biggest outbreak further restricted inbound traffic on Wednesday. 

* Japan's effort to distribute protective masks has been marred by complaints about mould, insects, and stains. 

A boy wearing a face mask plays badminton in an alley in Hanoi. Vietnam will loosen travel restrictions as the country lifts a nationwide shutdown starting Thursday, April 23, 2020, after no new Covid-19 cases were reported the past week. Picture: Hau Dinh/AP

* More than 30 crew members on an Italian cruise ship docked in Japan's Nagasaki prefecture have tested positive. 

* India suspended antibody tests because of concerns over reliability, health officials said on Wednesday. 

* Hong Kong's leader said the replacement of several ministers was aimed at reviving the coronavirus-hit economy and was unrelated to recent remarks from mainland China reaffirming Beijing's authority. 

* Australia's prime minister called for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, but France beating pandemic came before looking for who was at fault. 

* The Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Organising Committee said a member of the organisation has tested positive for the new coronavirus. 

Passengers on a motorized boat at the Saen Saeb canal in Bangkok, Thailand, practice social distancing to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Picture: Sakchai Lali/AP


* Sixty-eight people, mostly staff, have come down with the coronavirus at a prison in the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate, prison authorities said, without reporting any deaths. 

* A Lebanese university hospital team will test for the coronavirus at a refugee camp on Wednesday after a resident was found to be infected, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency said. 

* Air Mauritius has entered voluntary administration after the disruptions made it impossible to meet its financial obligations for the foreseeable future, its board said. 

* Zambia's Chamber of Mines has urged the government to urgently engage with the sector and agree relief measures. 

Woodlane Village Clinic caters for residents of Plastic View informal settlement. Picture: Oupa Mokoena/African News Agency (ANA)


* Oil took markets on another rollercoaster ride on Wednesday as Brent somehow managed to reverse an early 12% crash to 1999 lows and give battered petrocurrencies and stock markets something to cheer, with coronavirus lockdowns slashing demand. 

* As the world marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, calls were growing for "green recovery" packages to spur a shift to a low-carbon future. 

* A possible drop in emissions due to the pandemic will not be enough to stop climate change, the World Meteorological Organization said, urging governments to integrate climate action into recovery plans. 

* The economies of Latin America and the Caribbean will shrink by a record 5.3% in 2020, a United Nations agency said. 

* The collapse in China's economic activity has fanned calls for the government to hasten the rollout of fiscal stimulus, as ballooning unemployment threatens social stability. 

* Turkey's central bank slashed its key interest rate by 100 basis points to 8.75% on Wednesday, more than expected.


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