Coronavirus, live: the advance of the pandemic and the search for the vaccine


The coronavirus continues to spread around the world, with new cases of infection and fatalities in Asia, Europe, the United States, and confirmed patients in Latin America. Governments deploy more drastic to try to stop the advance of the strain, although it does not have a high mortality rate, it presents difficulties for an early detection that helps to stop the spread. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus a pandemic.

The schedules are expressed in GMT:

6.30: Romanian authorities reported the first fatality in the country of a patient infected with Covid-19, a story that arrives hours before the border closure for foreigners enacted last night by the Interior Ministry comes into effect.

4.00: The total quarantine began in Bolivia, for a period of 14 days. The essential markets will be open in the mornings until 12, and only one member of the family group can attend.

2.00: Colombia confirmed the first fatal victim with coronavirus, after knowing the positive result of the autopsy of a patient who died a few days ago.

1.30: India initiated a one-day quarantine

23.50: The authorities of Panama They reported that the number of deaths in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic increased to 3 in the last hours and the number of infected to 245.

During the last hours two people died and 45 more cases were registered, informed the national director of Epidemiology, Lourdes Moreno, who specified that of the total infections, 219 are found with mild symptoms in home isolation. Moreno specified that of all the cases, only 12 are admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICU).

Panama established a nightly curfew this week, from 9 pm to 5 am, decreed the closure of all shopping centers that do not sell basic services and suspended all departures and arrivals of international flights from tomorrow, Sunday .

23.32: Gaza health authorities announced the identification of the first two cases of coronavirus, by two people who recently traveled to Pakistan and are now in quarantine.

According to the Ministry of Health in that Palestinian territory, “two citizens showed positive results [al COVID-19] after returning from Pakistan ”, but added that the two men did not come into contact with the population upon their return.

23.00: The Ecuadorian Ministers of Public Health, Catalina Andramuño, and of Labor, Andrés Madero, resigned This Saturday amid the health emergency due to the coronavirus, which has left seven dead and 532 infected in the country, the Presidency confirmed.

“The resignations of officials Andrés Vicente Madero Poveda and Catalina Andramuño Zevallos are accepted; and the gentlemen are named: Luis Arturo Poveda Velasco as Minister of Labor; and, Juan Carlos Zevallos López, as Minister of Public Health ”, indicated the General Secretariat of Communication of the Presidency.

22:00: The Uruguayan government added to the list of risk areas Brazil, Argentina and Chile, and will force Uruguayans who return from those countries to quarantine.

“The partial closure of borders implies a mandatory 14-day quarantine for passengers coming from areas declared at risk or symptomatic,” says the page of the Ministry of Public Health.

The Uruguayan list of nations designated as dangerous areas currently includes 13 countries: China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Iran, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, the United States, Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

19.00:The Venezuelan regime reported that there are 70 cases in the country of people with COVID-19, 28 more than the last official figure provided last Thursday., of which two are in critical condition and 15 have already recovered. “So far, we have 70 duly identified cases,” Chavista Communication Minister Jorge Rodríguez said in a statement, explaining that on Friday they added 27 new confirmed diagnoses. to the total of 42 that the Government had reported last Thursday.

18.40: The last balance of the Ministry of Health stresses that in France there are already 562 deaths from coronavirus, 112 more in the last 24 hours, and 14,459 confirmed cases, of which 1,525 are serious. “The situation will continue to worsen before the confinement takes effect,” the head of that cabinet, Olivier Véran, told the press, according to which taking lightly the need to stay at home “is not only irresponsible, but dangerous for one himself and the others ”.

18.10: The National Health Service of England has reported that 53 deaths have been confirmed in the last 24 hours, totaling 233 deaths across the United Kingdom due to the new coronavirus. The patients who died from Covid-19 in England were between 41 and 94 years old and all of them had previous conditions, according to different British media. The statement does not include numbers of infected, but the latest available points to just under 4,000 and dates from Friday.

18.00: The President of Guatemala, Alejando Giammattei, announced this Saturday the application of a partial curfew in the country, warning of the start of dangerous days due to the advance of the new coronavirus, which has left 17 infections in the Central American nation, including a deceased .

Giammattei, a 64-year-old right-wing doctor, told a press conference that the restriction will take effect from Sunday for the next eight days between 4:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. the following day. “We are entering the most dangerous weeks. In fact, this week is a key week to contain the virus, ”said Giammattei at an exhibition center in the south of the capital that will be set up as a hospital to serve people infected with COVID-19.

17.50: The coronavirus added 95 cases in Florida in the last hours to 658, of which 12 have been fatal so far, according to the state Department of Health. Broward and Miami-Dade counties, with 151 and 142 cases, respectively, are the most affected by the pandemic, according to the report published on Tuesday.

17.20: United States Vice President Mike Pence announced that he and his wife will be tested for coronavirus after one of his office employees contracted the disease.

17.10: Chile’s Health Minister Jaime Mañalich reported on Saturday that an 83-year-old woman became the first victim of the coronavirus in the South American country. Through his Twitter account, the official said that the woman was bedridden, without specifying further details. Chile registers 537 confirmed cases of the disease.

17:05: The Department of Health of Puerto Rico confirmed this Saturday the death of a 68-year-old Italian tourist with previous pathology as the first fatality by COVID-19 in Puerto Rico. The woman had arrived on the island on March 8 with her husband on the cruise ship “Costa Luminosa”.

17.00: New York exceeded 10,000 infected with coronavirus and the governor insisted that respirators will be missing. Andrew Cuomo noted that the city has about 6,000 devices for treatment, but up to 30,000 may be needed. In addition, he confirmed that a million masks will be distributed.

16.40: Germany prepares an economic rescue plan of 822,000 million euros in loans and aid to companies and households, to face the impact of the new coronavirus, according to a bill

16.25: New York exceeded 10,000 infected, according to the last balance provided by the state governor, Andrew Cuomo, who urgently requested medical supplies.

16.10: Saint Paul decreed a quarantine of 15 days starting next Tuesday. The most populous state in Brazil has registered 396 of the nearly 1,000 infections in the entire country. Brazil has a total of 12 fatalities, according to national authorities.

15.55: The British government urged its citizens not to buy more than necessary to avoid shortages and to guarantee the supply chain.

15.45: The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its nationals, who are in countries that still have air connections with Spain, to return to the country “immediately.” The consular message is aimed specifically at tourists and people who are traveling in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, Cuba and Colombia.

15.40: The Bolivian government decreed the total and mandatory quarantine from Sunday and for 14 days

15.30: Los Angeles and New York suspend most coronavirus tests, which will dramatically reduce statistics on infections. “No diagnosis will be made unless there is a suspicion that the result will mean a change in the management of the patient’s case,” Los Angeles authorities explained.

15.15: The Dominican Republic reported a third deceased infected with the coronavirus and brought the number of infections to 112, 40 more than the day before.

15.10: The Russian Government confirmed 36 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the number of infections across the country to 306, which so far has only been recorded by one deceased.

14.20: The authorities of Turkey announced the suspension of air connections with 46 other countries, including Portugal and several Latin Americans such as Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Guatemala, in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The bans are in addition to those imposed on travel to 22 other previously announced states, including Spain, Germany, Italy and France.

13.10: Coronavirus infections in Portugal they amount to 1,280 and the number of deceased to 12, according to the latest data from the Government, which expects to reach its maximum severity peak on April 14.

12.45: The European Commission approved France’s plans to mobilize 300,000 million euros in liquidity for its companies through public guarantees to mitigate the impact of Covid-19

12.10: Switzerland, which this week asked all its citizens abroad to return to the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, announced that will repatriate hundreds of blocked people in Latin America. Two charter flights are scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday, with “about 630 people blocked in Peru and Colombia.”

11.35: Coronavirus infections in Spain they rose to 24,926 and the dead number 1,326, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health.

11.20: Germany reported that 15 other people died from the coronavirus and the death toll count reached 46. Meanwhile, 2,705 new infections were registered, for a total of 16,662, according to data from the German virology institute, which are below the balance obtained by Johns Hopkins University.

11.00: Germany offers assistance to France. The state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, in the south-west of the country, has opened its hospitals to patients from the neighboring region of eastern France, which is experiencing an increase in cases.

10.30: The balance of dead to world level approaches the 11,500, while the number of infected people exceeds 275 thousand, according to the balance of the Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, 88,261 people have recovered from the disease.

10.05: Australia temporarily closed the famous Bondi Beach in Sydney after thousands of people flocked there against the ban on outdoor congregations of more than 500 people to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

9.30: Iran reported 123 new deaths from the coronavirus: the total number of fatalities reached 1,556.

9.00: The Prime Minister of South Korea “strongly recommended” the closure of the country’s religious centers, gyms and clubs for the next 15 days to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

8.00: Singapore reported its first two deaths from Covid-19, after being the first country in Southeast Asia to detect the first cases of coronavirus in early January and imposing the first measures to contain it.

6:30: The government of Brazil reported the “state of community transmission” of the new coronavirus in the country, that is, that the virus has already spread throughout the state and is not limited to imported cases or close contact with someone infected.

6:15: Almost 250 people have been arrested this Friday in Argentina for violating the preventive and mandatory isolation decreed by the Government to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus.

5:40: The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) has denounced on Friday the arrest of four “important” women who were protesting “peacefully” for the release of prisoners in Cairo in the context of the crisis unleashed by the new coronavirus pandemic.

5:20: United States President Donald Trump has ruled out Friday the possibility of national confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic, after the states of New York and California have ordered citizens to stay at home to stop the spread of the Covid-19.

5:15: The President of Colombia, Iván Duque, has declared the mandatory preventive isolation of the entire population from next Tuesday, March 24 and until Monday, April 13, due to the advance of the new coronavirus.

5:10: The Paraguayan Ministry of Health has confirmed this Friday the first death from coronavirus in its territory, a man who was in intensive care due to the virus.

4:50: The Chinese Ministry of Health has confirmed this Saturday that, for the third consecutive day, there have been no cases of local contagion by coronavirus in China, nor in the city of Wuhan, capital of Hubei province and epicenter of the pandemic.

4:10: The President of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, has dismissed the Minister of Health, Elizabeth Hinostroza, in the midst of the crisis unleashed by the new coronavirus pandemic, which has left four dead and 263 confirmed cases in the Andean nation.

3:20: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has alerted this Friday that the number of poor people in Latin America may grow by 35 million due to the advance of the new coronavirus pandemic, reaching 220 million people in the region .

2:45: The President of Colombia, Iván Duque, has announced that he has undergone the test to diagnose the coronavirus and that the result has been negative, after having contact with the mayor of Popayán, Juan Carlos López, who has contracted the Covid- 19.

1:57: The Government of Honduras announced this Friday the extension of the “absolute curfew” to the entire country, due to the “national health emergency” declared by the advance of the new coronavirus.

1:03; The former vice president of the United States and Democratic pre-candidate for the White House, Joe Biden, accused on Friday the president of the United States, Donald Trump, of saying “lies to become the hero” about the advance of the new coronavirus.

00:39: A member of the United States Vice President’s cabinet, Mike Pence, tested positive for the new coronavirus.

00.00: Brazil registers 11 deaths from coronavirus and ensures that the disease is already transmitted locally throughout the country.

23.10: They confirmed 30 new cases of coronavirus in Argentina and the total number of infected amounts to 158.

22.40: Cuba announced the closure of borders due to the coronavirus, only residents will enter the country.

22.20: Miami Beach authorities ordered the closure of hotels and tourist accommodations.

20.00: The Governor of Illinois in the United States declared quarantine throughout the state, including the city of Chicago.

19.20: Zimbabwe reported its first case of coronavirus and there is concern about a possible spread due to the harsh economic crisis experienced by the African country and its collapsed health system.

19.00: France reported another 78 deaths from coronavirus and the total amounts to 450.

17.20: Brazil confirmed the eighth death. It was a sick man hospitalized in San Pablo.

17.15: Italy reported 627 deaths in the last 24 hours and 4,032 have died from coronavirus.

17:12: In Mexico, the number of COVID-19 cases increased to 164 on Friday, reported the Ministry of Health. The current status of the 164 patients is as follows: 87% were ambulatory and did not require hospitalization. Of the 10% of cases that did enter a hospital level, 8% remained stable.

16:41: Tunisia declared 24-hour self-isolation of inhabitants throughout the country, 24 hours a day, to combat the spread of the new coronavirus in the country, following an increase in confirmed cases. The start date and implementation of self-isolation will be specified by the government later.

14:54: The rate of deaths recorded by the coronavirus in the United Kingdom is faster than that of Italy and is charting a trajectory similar to that of Spain. In less than a month, the number of people who have died daily in Italy infected with COVID-19 stands at 3,405, and the deaths already exceed those of China, where the outbreak originated, while in the United Kingdom the The death toll from the disease continues to grow, reaching already 144.

14:37: Several large central banks, including the United States Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank and the Bank of England, announced on Friday a coordinated action to facilitate access to dollars in the context of the crisis caused by the coronavirus. “To improve the effectiveness of foreign exchange agreements in providing funds in US dollars, these central banks agreed to increase the frequency of operations to seven days, from weekly to daily,” according to a statement issued by the Bank of England. .

14:23: Jordan will impose a curfew from Saturday morning until further notice to stop the spread of the new coronavirus in the country, a government spokesperson announced. The decision was made after “citizens did not respect directives” that asked them not to leave their homes except in cases of extreme emergency, the spokesperson said.

14:02: Gabon announced its first death from the coronavirus, a 50-year-old man, on Friday. It is the second death in sub-Saharan Africa. The patient had recently been in France and died “of complications from diabetes and acute respiratory distress syndrome,” said Guy Patrick Obiang Ndong of the Gabonese coronavirus team, which has three other confirmed infections.

13:50: The United States said on Friday it was suspending all routine visa services worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic. The State Department said in a travel notice that US embassies and consulates. they would still consider emergency visas if they are adequately staffed.

13:20: The head of the Austrian government, Sebastian Kurz, announced on Friday that the confinement measures imposed for a week, with drastic restrictions on movements, will be extended until April 13 to fight the epidemic of the new coronavirus.

12:46: Iran announced on Friday 149 new deaths from the COVID-19 disease, bringing the official death toll in the country to 1,433, one of those most affected by the new coronavirus pandemic. According to the Deputy Minister of Health Aliréza Raisi, 1,237 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours and a total of 19,644 people were infected.

12:23: David Frost, the chief British negotiator for trade talks with the European Union, has isolated himself after showing mild symptoms of coronavirus the day after his EU counterpart Michael Barnier said he had the virus.

11:59: Bavaria, the largest state in Germany, became the first in the country to almost completely restrict movement. “Starting at midnight and for a provisional two-week period, there will be fundamental restrictions on leaving,” said Prime Minister Markus Soeder. “We are not locking up the Bavarians, but we are ending public life almost entirely,” Soeder said at a press conference, adding that the restaurants will be closed and citizens will no longer be able to gather in groups outside.

11:43: The COVID-19 pandemic took three months to reach 100,000 cases and only 12 days to double and exceed 200,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned today, calling for redoubled efforts by the international community to “flatten the curve. ”And cut this troubling trend.

11:27: The coronavirus has already killed more than 5,000 people in Europe, according to an agency count. AFP. The vast majority were recorded in Italy and Spain, which between the two total more than 4,400 deaths.

10:59: Spain notified this Friday that there are already 19,980 people infected with coronavirus in the country, of whom 1,002 died. In the last 24 hours, 2,833 new cases and 235 deaths were registered, the highest number since the pandemic began.

10:18: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, closed Friday “a difficult year” and promised that the Islamic Republic will triumph over COVID-19 and US sanctions, sending their wishes for Nouruz, the Persian New Year. Iran is one of the countries most affected by the new coronavirus. The pandemic has already left 1,300 dead, according to official figures.

09:55: The Bank of Spain warns of an unprecedented disturbance in the economy. Pablo Hernández de Cos, its head, demanded a “greater ambition of common European fiscal policies”. The intensity of the crisis, which is still not possible to assess, is “uncertain” but in any case it will be “remarkable,” he said in statements released by the entity.

09:40: Portugal announced the closure of bars, restaurants and shopping malls due to the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister António Costa, who urged the approval of the state of emergency by Parliament on Thursday, warned that there will be penalties for those who are subjected to isolation and do not comply.

08:41: The authorities of Saudi Arabia will suspend all national flights and bus, taxi and train services for fourteen days as a preventive measure to prevent the spread of the pandemic of the new coronavirus originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan, as reported by the official agency. of Saudi news SPA.

08:30: The European stock markets opened with a strong rise of more than 5%, due to the good reception of investors to the broad measures announced by central banks and governments to face the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

08:25: The Costa Rican Ministry of Health confirmed the second fatality due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, an 87-year-old man who had previous health problems.

08:23: Peru is managing with China the purchase of the famous 1,000-bed prefabricated hospital that it built in 10 days in Wuhan to face the exponential growth of cases of the new coronavirus, which so far has 234 infected and three deaths, the government reported Thursday.

08:19: The new coronavirus pandemic originating in the city of Wuhan, in the province of Hubei, in central China, has left more than 240,000 people infected and has killed more than 10,900 people worldwide.

07:46: Haitian President Jovenel Moise confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus in the country, thus declaring a state of emergency and a curfew starting this Friday as a measure to control the spread of Covid-19.

06:43: California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered the state’s citizens, some 40 million, to stay home because of the coronavirus pandemic, which is the first mandatory restriction in this regard that is adopted in the territory.

05:53: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, warns that several of the movement restriction measures that some countries have imposed to combat the coronavirus pandemic may affect those who request asylum “in a way that does not we can imagine. “

05:50: The executive director of the World Food Program (WFP), David Beasley, announced that, after undergoing a screening test, he has tested positive for coronavirus.

05:48: The President of the United States, Donald Trump, canceled the G7 summit that was to take place in Camp David and has replaced it with a videoconference due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

05:28: The Indian Minister of Railways, Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, announced that the Government has banned the export of textile materials to make masks and other items in an attempt to use all these “resources of the nation for the well-being of Indian citizens “

05:22: The Cuban Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH) asked the Government of Cuba to carry out “urgent” measures to guarantee the health of the prisoners and prevent the collapse of the prisons due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus.

05:00: South Korea’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) announced a decline in the number of coronavirus positives on Friday after confirming 87 new cases.

04:48: UNICEF alerted this Thursday that countries that have “fragile” health systems are not prepared to respond to a crisis like the one that has unleashed the coronavirus pandemic.

04:23: The Peruvian Ministry of Health reported this Thursday that there have been two new deaths from the coronavirus in the Andean nation, hours after announcing the first death.

04:03: The Chinese Ministry of Health confirmed on Friday that, for the second consecutive day, there have been no cases of coronavirus contagion in the city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and the epicenter of the pandemic, nor any case of contagion. locally.

03:30: The United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and the Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, have had a conversation in which they have agreed to keep the border between both countries open despite the pandemic of the new coronavirus.

02:59: The former president of Peru Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006) will be released from the United States prison where he is once he paid the million dollars that a California court imposed on him, after agreeing to the defense’s request that he argued that The former leader was at risk of contracting the coronavirus in prison and dying from his health problems.

02:25: The United States Department of State issued a travel alert, of the highest level and that implies “do not travel”, by which it urges the citizens of the North American country to avoid all international travel due to the “global impact” of the pandemic of the coronavirus.

01:17: The President of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo, ordered the suspension of all international flights for 30 days to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

00.20: The President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, declared a mandatory quarantine that begins this midnight and will last until March 31.

23.10: Argentina reported 31 new cases of coronavirus and the total amounts to 128.

22.40: Peru reported the first death in the country from coronavirus, thirteen days after the first case of this pandemic was registered in the country. This is a 78-year-old man, who suffered from hypertension.

22.30: Spain ordered the closure of all hotels and tourist establishments.

22.00: Costa Rica announced 18 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 89.

20.00: Cannes film festival was postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

19.40: The Chilean political parties agreed to postpone until October 25 the plebiscite for the reform of the Constitution that was scheduled for April 26.

18.20: 6 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Venezuela, bringing the total to 42.

17.10: Italy added 427 new deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours and with 3,405 deaths in total it surpassed China.

16.50: The Minister of Health of Ireland announced that some 15,000 people will be tested daily to see if they have been infected with the new coronavirus, a measure with which the Government seeks to reduce the number of infections.

16.45: The head of the UN, António Guterres, warned that millions of people could die if the world is not “in solidarity” and the virus pandemic is allowed to advance without controls.

16.35: Ecuador reported a total of three deaths and 199 confirmed cases of COVID-19, mostly in the province of Guayas. Cynthia Viteri, mayor of the provincial capital Guayaquil, announced that she tested positive.

16.30: Rio de Janeiro confirmed the second coronavirus death in the city. Brazil adds six fatalities in total: the other four were registered in San Pablo.

16.25: Qatar announced a ban on entry to foreigners and has suspended all entry flights into the country for the next two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic

16.20: Jair Bolsonaro announced the closure of the borders of Brazil with the neighboring South American countries, except with Uruguay. Days before, he had already closed the way to Venezuela, blaming the Chavista regime for not being able to face the advance of the coronavirus.

16.10: More than 12,000 people have already signed an online petition to ask for “humanitarian measures” for political prisoners in Venezuela, in order to “guarantee their lives” in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

16.00: The Pope Francisco He called the bishop of Bergamo, in northern Italy, one of the regions most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, to express his closeness and learn more about the situation in the city, after at least six priests have passed away after being infected with the pathogen.

15.50: The price of a barrel of Texas rises 23%, after the historical fall of Wednesday

15.40: Donald Trump announced approval for an antimalarial drug to be used to treat patients with coronavirus, which is showing “very encouraging results”. In this regard, he highlighted the scientific advances in antiviral therapies to strengthen patient care: “We continue our effort to confront the Chinese virus”

15.25: Nate Silver, renowned journalist specialized in statistical analysis, launched a warning about possible undetected cases in the US. “One of the things we * know * about the coronavirus, which has been fairly consistent from country to country, is that it affects the elderly much more. So if many of the people who end up in Intensive Care in the US are young, it means there is a lot of spread * undetected * among young people. ”

15.15: The United Kingdom reported 29 new deaths from patients with coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 128.

14.45: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a one-day curfew across the country next Sunday to fight the spread of the new coronavirus. The more than 1,300 million Indians will have to stay at their houses between 7 and 21.

14.40: The Governor of NY reported 1,769 new cases, for a total of 4,152 in the state.

14.20: The Bank of England announced its exceptional decision to lower its main bank interest rate to 0.10% due to the coronavirus crisis, a record low taken just eight days after setting it at 0.25%.

13.50: An Ecuadorian court sentenced four months in jail to a man accused of violate the curfew contemplated within the state of exception. The defendant, Cristopher Brayan M. H., was arrested early Wednesday morning while driving through the town of Vinces.

13.50: The European Commission announced the creation of a “strategic reserve” of medical supplies, especially respirators and protective material, which can be used by the countries of the European Union. “It seems that (the new coronavirus) took all countries by surprise” and the lack of medical equipment is “pressing,” said European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic.

13.25: The UN warned that some 3,000 million people do not even have the basic weapons to protect themselves from the pandemic: soap and clean water.

13.10: The US Federal Reserve announced facilities to provide dollars to more central banks, including those in Brazil and Mexico. The central bank aims to “lessen tensions in global dollar financing markets” and will distribute up to $ 60 billion each to entities in Australia, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Singapore and Sweden, and $ 30 billion to Denmark, Norway and New Zealand.

13.00: The US urged Maduro to release North American businessmen detained in a Caracas jail where coronavirus cases have been detected. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recalled that they have been in prison for more than two years without presenting evidence and with 18 hearings canceled.

12.50: The British government assured that no decision has been made regarding the closure of London, amid speculation in the press that the measure would be imminent, since the capital of the United Kingdom is so far the main focus of the coronavirus in the country. The newspaper The Telegraph reported that Boirs Johnson could enact the measure for this weekend while the Financial Times points to the closure being in effect for fourteen days.

12.45: Weekly demands for unemployment benefits in the United States increased sharply (+70,000) as a result of the economic impact of the new coronavirus epidemic, the Labor Department reported.

12.30: Coronavirus cases confirmed in Bolivia they increased to 15, with three new positives, when the disease was detected in two patients who had arrived from outside the country and in another considered a local infection.

12.00: The British government decided to repatriate part of the troops it has deployed on a training mission in Iraq, which was suspended for two months due to the pandemic

11.35: The global balance of the pandemic exceeded 9,000 deaths.

11.20: Spain reported 209 new deaths from the epidemic and 3,431 additional infections compared to Wednesday’s balance, for a total of 767 fatalities and 17,147 cases.

11.00: More than 40 London Underground stations will be closed from this Thursday to prevent infections.

10.50: Iran announces 149 new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the total to 1,284.

10.20: European Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier announced he tested positive for the new coronavirus and he was confident about his state of health.

9.30: Germany exceeded 10,000 positive cases, with a daily jump of 2,801 positive diagnoses. Altogether it adds 20 fatal victims.

9:10: The London underground closes from this Thursday 40 stations and substantially reduces its service to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, as reported by Transport for London (TfL), operator of the city’s transport network.

8:32: Europe’s stock markets rebound on Thursday after a mixed open as investors digested the € 750bn ($ 820bn) bond purchase stimulus from the European Central Bank aimed at containing economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak.

8:30: Asian stocks sank again on Thursday as the dollar rose

8:23: Prolonging confinement in France will “most likely be necessary,” health officials say

8:20: The Russian government warned that the pandemic of the new coronavirus originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan is “one of the worst global health crises in the last 50 years,” according to the Russian news agency Sputnik.

8:07: The Italian Prime Minister announced that the confinement will be “prolonged” in the country to avoid more coronavirus infections

8:06:Russia recorded the first death by coronavirus in its territory

8:00: The Japanese emperor Naruhito and his wife’s planned state visit to the UK in spring was postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic, Buckingham Palace reported Thursday.

07:51: Cuba concluded the return to the United Kingdom of the passengers of the cruise ship ‘MS Braemar’, which had five positive cases of coronavirus on board.

7:30: The United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) has insisted on the need to treat migrant workers and the population “with dignity and respect” during the coronavirus pandemic crisis, which has left more than 8,700 deaths globally. and more than 214,000 infected people.

7:21: French President Emmanuel Macron moved his “full support” to the emergency program launched by the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) to combat the coronavirus pandemic by acquiring public and private assets with a reach of 750,000 millions.

7:00: The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on governments around the world to prioritize the right to health and respect for Human Rights in responding to the new coronavirus pandemic.

6 o’clock: The New Zealand government announced a ban on organizing meetings with more than 100 people in sheltered locations as a way to try to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in the country, which has so far recorded 28 cases.

5:30: South Korea’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) announced a rebound in coronavirus positives on Thursday after confirming 152 new cases in one day.

ua and El Salvador confirmed on Wednesday the first cases of coronavirus in their countries, a pandemic that has already left more than 8,800 fatalities and has exceeded 218,000 positives globally.

3:53: The Chinese Ministry of Health confirmed that no case of coronavirus infection has been reported in Wuhan City, the capital of Hubei province and the epicenter of the pandemic, and no case of local infection has been confirmed in the country.

2:45: The President of the United States, Donald Trump, promulgated the law that establishes funds and aid to face the coronavirus pandemic in the North American country.

2:05: The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, approved on Wednesday a series of measures to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the country on those affected by it, among which are the suspension of the payment of electricity and the water or the freezing of the collection of credits and mortgages.

2:00: The vice president of the Venezuelan dictatorship, Delcy Rodríguez, reported on Wednesday that the World Health Organization (WHO) will send humanitarian aid to the country, medical supplies and tests to detect the coronavirus.

1:35: Costa Rica and Jamaica have confirmed on Wednesday one death each, the first recorded in both countries, due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has left more than 214,000 affected and more than 8,700 deaths globally.

1:28: The President of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo, ordered from this Wednesday the curfew in the entire territory between 21:00 and 05:00 (local time) as a measure to try to stop the spread of the pandemic of the new coronavirus in the country, where 86 cases and one deceased have already been registered.

00:35: A Japanese drug developed by Fujifilm Toyama Chemical and used to treat influenza has shown “clear effectiveness” in dealing with the new coronavirus, as reported by the Chinese government on Wednesday.

00.00: The number of cases in Uruguay amounts to 79, after registering 24 new cases in the last 24 hours.