- South Korea confirmed 98 more cases and two additional deaths as of Saturday, while China reported 46 new confirmed cases and six more deaths.
- Singapore will bar entry and transit to all short-term visitors starting from 11:59 p.m. on Monday.
- India started a 14-hour curfew as part of the efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
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- Global cases: More than 305,234
- Global deaths: At least 13,000
The data above is from Johns Hopkins University.
All times below are in Beijing time.
6:51 pm: Spain’s death toll passes 1,700, cases exceed 28,000
Spain’s death toll rose to 1,720 from a previous count of 1,326 on Sunday, according to multiple media reports citing the most recent health data, which also reported cases at 28,572 from a previous tally of 24,926. Spain is currently under nationwide lockdown.
Spain’s prime minister is seeking to extend the country’s 15-day state of emergency, first declared on March 14, for a further 15 days to stem the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, which is the second-worst in Europe.
6:12 pm: Australia orders numerous public venues to close, says schools will stay open
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday ordered a range of public venues including gyms, movie theaters, casinos and pubs to close in an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Australia has 1,098 confirmed cases. Restaurants and cafes have been ordered to limit their services to delivery and takeout only.
4:48 pm: U.K. receives new ventilator prototypes: housing minister
Manufacturing of new ventilators should start “quickly,” U.K. Housing Minister Robert Jenrick said Sunday, discussing the first of the new ventilator prototypes the country has received to help its health services fight the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’ve been overwhelmed with offers of support. There’s now a number of manufacturers who are working with us,” Jenrick told Sky News in an interview Sunday. There are currently 13,000 ventilators available for use by the country’s National Health Service, he said, but stressed that more are needed.
4:47 pm: Indonesia confirms 10 new deaths
Indonesia has confirmed 10 new coronavirus virus deaths, bringing the country’s death count to 48. The Southeast Asian nation reported 64 additional cases Sunday, bringing its total confirmed infection count to 514.
4:02 pm: Romania confirms first coronavirus death
Romania’s government confirmed its first coronavirus death on Sunday, a 67-year-old man with terminal cancer who had tested positive for the virus on March 18. Romania has recorded 367 cases of coronavirus to date, and has been under a state of emergency since March 16.
4:01 pm: Czech Republic announces 158 new cases
The Czech Republic announced 158 new coronavirus cases that had been recorded on Saturday, bringing the total cases in the country of 10.7 million to 1,047.
3:37 pm: Indian railways cancels all passengers trains until March 31
Indian Railways is canceling all passenger trains through to March 31, local media reported Sunday.
3:34 pm: Iran’s supreme leader suggests coronavirus ‘created in America’
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the U.S. offer to help Iran contain its coronavirus spread “strange” and referred to “suspicions” of the virus originating in the U.S. in a televised speech Sunday.
“Several times Americans have offered to help Iran to contain the virus,” he said in a translation provided by Reuters. “Aside from the fact that there are suspicions about this virus being created by America … their offer is strange since they face shortages in their fight against the virus. Iran has the capability to overcome any kind of crisis including coronavirus outbreak.”
3:15 pm: Turkish Airlines says 85% of passengers planes aren’t being used due to virus
Turkish Airlines said Sunday that 85% of its passenger planes are not being used due to the coronavirus crisis. The flagship airline of Turkey operated flights to 315 destinations worldwide as of 2019, making it the largest carrier in the world by passenger destinations.
12:47 pm: Ecuador health and labor ministers resign
Reuters reported that Ecuador’s health and labor ministers resigned Saturday, hours after officials confirmed the country’s coronavirus cases crossed 500. — Christine Wang
11:54 am: Singapore bars short-term visitors
Singapore will bar entry and transit to all short-term visitors starting from 11:59 p.m. on Monday, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
Citing the “heightened risk” of imported coronavirus cases, the ministry said this measure is meant to “conserve resources so we can focus on Singaporeans.” In its statement, the ministry said nearly 80% of cases in the past three days were imported from residents or long-term pass holders returning from overseas.
The health ministry also said that Singapore will also restrict reentry for long-term work pass holders and their dependents to workers who provide “essential services, such as in healthcare and transport.” — Christine Wang
11:03 am: Australia unveils more stimulus
Australia announced a second stimulus package to help the economy weather the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The new measures include 66.1 billion Australian dollars (about $38.3 billion) worth of support for households, businesses and workers.
“The next few months are going to be a difficult journey but we all have a role to play to adapt to the changes we’re facing, to cushion the impact of what is happening and to pull together so we can bounce back when we get to the other side,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the government’s total stimulus, 189 billion Australian dollars (about $109.5 billion), amounted to about 9.7% of GDP.
As of 6:30 a.m., Australia confirmed a total of 1,098 cases and seven deaths. The country’s health ministry said 224 of those cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. — Christine Wang
10:20 am: India begins 14-hour curfew
India started a 14-hour curfew as part of the efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the curfew would help India prepare to fight the pandemic. As the curfew was set to begin, Modi said it “will add tremendous strength to the fight against COVID-19 menace. The steps we take now will help in the times to come.”
As of Saturday evening, India has confirmed 315 cases and four deaths. — Christine Wan
9:33 am: South Korea reports another 98 cases, 2 deaths
South Korea confirmed 98 more cases and two additional deaths as of Saturday. The country now has 8,897 confirmed cases and 104 deaths, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. — Christine Wang
9:25 am: China reports 46 more cases, 6 additional deaths
China’s National Health Commission reported 46 new confirmed cases and six more deaths as of Saturday. That brings the country’s total to 81,054 cases and 3,261 deaths. Of the new cases, China said 45 were imported. — Christine Wan
All times below are in Eastern time.
9:16 pm: Vice President Mike Pence tests negative
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence have both tested negative for the coronavirus, the vice president’s press secretary said
The vice president said earlier Saturday he would be tested for the coronavirus after a member of his office tested positive. The staff member’s positive diagnosis was announced Friday. — Kevin Stankiewicz
6:00 pm: Cases top 300,000 worldwide as US becomes one of worst hit countries
The number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus, or COVID-19, has crossed 300,000 as the disease continues to spread around the world, with the situation in the U.S., Italy and Spain deteriorating even as the pandemic has stabilized in China, where the virus first emerged.
At least 303,180 people have tested positive for the virus worldwide as of Saturday at 5:13 pm ET, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The number of cases in the U.S. has surged to at least 24,148, making it one of the worst hit countries in the world. Only China, Italy and Spain are harder hit than the U.S. — Spencer Kimball, Emma Newburger
4:41 pm: US should rally G-7, NATO and other global allies together in fight against coronavirus, Kempe says
The U.S. should bring together its global allies in a coordinated fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Atlantic Council CEO Frederick Kempe wrote in a CNBC op-ed.
“As the current chairman of the G-7, the United States could convene a ‘Coalition Countering COVID-19’ that would rally the seven leading industrial democracies, the European Union, NATO and, perhaps most importantly, the G-20,” Kempe wrote.
“It would thus also involve China as a central and collaborative actor against a common foe,” wrote Kempe. — Kevin Stankiewicz