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Coronavirus Global Update

Coronavirus Global Update

A daily round-up on the spread of the coronavirus, with reports from affected areas, details of the latest medical information and the impact on health, business and travel.

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US Navy captain pleads for help

Sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt ? one of the world?s largest aircraft carriers ? have tested positive for coronavirus. Meanwhile, officials in India have traced hundreds of suspected cases to a single religious gathering. And Panama has imposed gender-based quarantine measures.
2020-04-01
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US coronavirus death toll overtakes 9/11 fatalities

Over 3000 people have died from the virus in the US. New York's governor is re-organising the state's entire health system. Also: Spain suffers its deadliest day so far, and why are so many young people in Australia testing positive?
2020-03-31
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World Bank predicts ?significant pain? for East Asian economies

Experts have said coronavirus will hamper financial growth throughout 2020. Meanwhile, the US has tested more than a million people for the virus. And Facebook has accused the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, of spreading misinformation about the benefits of self-isolation.
2020-03-31
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Spain?s COVID-19 cases surpass China

It comes as the country announces new lockdown restrictions. Also: Japan reports a surge in coronavirus infections, and how motor racing engineers helped build a new device to assist breathing.
2020-03-30
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US extends social distancing measures

Donald Trump has said precautions against the spread of coronavirus should remain in place until the end of April. Meanwhile, Nigeria has imposed a lockdown on multiple regions, including its capital city. And new data shows air pollution has dropped as a result of travel restrictions.
2020-03-30
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Spain and Italy say they're near the peak of the outbreak

The two European countries are hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Also India's prime minister, Narendra Modi asks for his country's forgiveness for imposing a sweeping lockdown, and the world's oldest man has to celebrate his birthday with no fanfare due to the outbreak.
2020-03-29
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Spain has largest coronavirus daily death toll to date

There's been a surge in the number of deaths from the coronavirus in Spain. Also: the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the pandemic began, has partially re-opened, and the world's biggest manufacturer of ventilators - in Germany - says demand is currently outstripping capacity ten-fold.
2020-03-28
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British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

The British health minister also has the virus, while England's chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, is showing symptoms of COVID-19. Also: the OECD has estimated that every month major economies spend in lockdown will cut growth by two percentage points, and we hear what it's like to be tested for the coronavirus.
2020-03-27
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National lockdown in Spain extended

The Spanish parliament voted to prolong the restrictions. Also: millions of people in the United States filed claims for unemployment last week due to the coronavirus, and getting married during a lockdown.
2020-03-26
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US Senate agrees huge stimulus package with Trump

The US deal worth $1.8 trillion is to ease the impact of coronavirus. Spain becomes only the second country after Italy to record more deaths than China, and Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus.
2020-03-25
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Worldwide cases top 300,000

Italy records a record jump of nearly 800 deaths in just 24 hours. Also: Iran rejects US help offer, and the new toilet paper calculator trying to discourage hoarding.
2020-03-22
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UK joins the global shutdown

UK urges people not to panic buy, as pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities close. Also: South Korea threatens to bring in new restrictions as cases begin to rise again; and how to keep young children informed.
2020-03-21
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EU plans to close border for 30 days

Coronavirus travel restrictions have forced airlines to ground planes. Also Africa implements the lessons learnt from Ebola and we hear about the first coronavirus vaccine trial.
2020-03-16
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Europe now coronavirus 'epicentre'

The WHO urges EU nations to take aggressive action amid steep rise in cases. In football, all English, Scottish, French and German matches suspended. UEFA Champions League and Europa League also affected.
2020-03-13
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Coronavirus confirmed as pandemic

The WHO says the number of cases outside China has increased 13-fold in two weeks. Also: President Trump suspends travel from Europe to US and American basketball latest sports casualty.
2020-03-12
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Up to 70% of Germany could contract coronavirus ? Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that up to 70% of the country's population could contract the coronavirus. Also: The number of cases in Europe continues to rise and governments announce economic help.
2020-03-11
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Italy starts life under lockdown

Italy is adjusting to restrictions on travel and public gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak. Also: The spread of misinformation and whether China is getting things under control.
2020-03-10
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How crowds help spread the virus

Six Nations rugby matches and the Tokyo Olympics torch-lighting ceremony are just two of the high profile events that have been cancelled owing to fears of the spread of Covid-19. Also: Northern Italy on lockdown and Trump says, Don't panic.
2020-03-09
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South Africa's first case and talking to children about the virus

The latest news from Italy, South Africa and Korea. Health advice about the spread of the virus. The impact of school closures and how to answer your children?s questions.
2020-03-05
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Welcome to Coronavirus Global Update

Introducing a podcast rounding-up the latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world, with reports from affected areas and details of the latest medical information.
2020-03-05
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