Factbox: Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world

(Reuters) – New York, experiencing more coronavirus deaths and infections than any other U.S. state, is showing tentative signs of slowing the spread of the virus, as U.S. senators were set to vote on Wednesday a $2 trillion bipartisan package of legislation to alleviate the devastating economic impact of the pandemic.

DEATHS, INFECTIONS

* More than 435,300 people have been infected across the world and over 19,500 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

* For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.

EUROPE

* Summer is unlikely to stop the spread of the virus, and every country in Europe is forecast to run out of intensive care beds by mid-April unless it acts fast.

* European Union states need 10 times as much personal protective equipment and other medical devices than traditional supply chains can provide, an internal EU document showed on Wednesday.

* Italy has seen more fatalities than any other country, with latest figures showing that 7,503 people have died from the infection in barely a month.

* A person who lives in the same Vatican residence as Pope Francis has tested positive for coronavirus.

* Spain’s coronavirus death toll jumped by 738 overnight to 3,434 fatalities and exceeded that of China.

* French health authorities reported 231 new deaths from coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the total to 1,331.

* Germany plans to insist that airline passengers arriving from non-EU countries go into quarantine for 14 days.

* British regulators will act against any companies found to be profiteering from the coronavirus emergency and the government launched a WhatsApp campaign against misinformation.

* Prince Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the British throne, has tested positive and is self-isolating in Scotland with mild symptoms.

* Kosovo’s coalition government faces a no-confidence vote in parliament on Wednesday after a dispute over whether to declare a state of emergency.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin postponed a nationwide vote on constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule.

AMERICAS

* New York, experiencing more coronavirus deaths and infections than any other U.S. state, is showing tentative signs of slowing the spread of the virus.

* New Orleans is on track to become the next coronavirus epicenter in the United States.

* Defense Secretary Mark Esper has issued a stop movement order to the U.S. military halting all travel and movement abroad for up to 60 days.

* Canada has almost doubled the value of an aid package to C$52 billion to help people and businesses.

* Many of Brazil’s 850,000 indigenous people are urging officials to expel from their lands outsiders who could introduce the disease.

* Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro faced a political backlash for calling the coronavirus lockdown a crime.

* Mexico temporarily halted the processing of asylum requests from Tuesday, as its cases climbed to 405.

* Venezuela has opened talks with China over possible financial support to cope with a sharp drop in oil prices and the arrival of the novel coronavirus.

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

* Life started returning to normal on Wednesday after two months of lockdown in Hubei province, epicenter of China’s coronavirus outbreak.

* Mainland China reported a drop in new cases on Wednesday as imported infections fell and no locally transmitted infections were reported.

* Singapore reported 73 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, the city-state’s biggest daily jump.

* Singapore’s government said on Wednesday it was not ruling out holding a general election during the outbreak.

* Australia will expand testing, its prime minister said on Wednesday as Canberra struggles to contain the outbreak.

* India’s 1.3 billion people were under lockdown on Wednesday to prevent an explosion of coronavirus cases as the government struggled to deliver essential goods and calm nerves.

* The Indian government banned the export of a key malaria drug, as experts test its efficacy in treating patients with COVID-19.

* Thailand recorded 107 new cases on Wednesday, bringing its total to 934, while South Korea’s tally rose to 9,137 with 100 new infections.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* Israelis were instructed on Wednesday to stay within 100 meters of their homes under tightened restrictions that further reduced public transport, required employers to check workers for fever and set sanctions for people who defy rules.

* Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, revered in Christian tradition as the site of Jesus’s crucifixion and burial, was closed.

* Saudi Arabia reported its second coronavirus death and tightened a nationwide curfew.

* Egypt has declared a two-week curfew, and those who violate the measure will be penalized under emergency laws, the prime minister said.

* South African officials identified quarantine sites across the country on Wednesday, as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 709.

* The Nigerian Army is preparing to forcibly transfer the sick to hospital and enforce restrictions, and is leasing equipment for “possible mass burial”, according to an army memo seen by Reuters.

* Congo closed its borders and imposed a state of emergency.

* Mali and Guinea-Bissau reported their first cases on Wednesday.

ECONOMIC FALLOUT

* The dollar slid and global equity markets marched higher on Wednesday for a second day of gains.

* Seventy percent of people in G7 countries expect their household to lose income due to the outbreak.

* U.S. senators were set to vote on Wednesday on a $2 trillion bipartisan package of legislation to alleviate the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, although critics from the right and left threatened to hold up the bill.

* Germany, whose economy could contract by as much as 20% this year, is open to using the European Stability Mechanism to prop up economies under certain circumstances.

* German lawmakers on Wednesday voted to suspend the debt brake for the first time ever to finance an aid package meant to help shield Europe’s largest economy.

* Nearly 100,000 French companies have asked the government to reimburse them for putting 1.2 million workers on shorter or zero hours since the coronavirus outbreak.

* Venezuela has opened talks with China over possible financial support to cope with a sharp drop in oil prices and the arrival of coronavirus, sources familiar with the negotiations said.

* India is likely to agree an economic stimulus package of more than $19.6 billion, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

* Pakistan is seeking another $1.4 billion loan from the IMF.

EVENTS

* This year’s Wimbledon Championships could be postponed or canceled.

* The annual Tony Awards ceremony celebrating the best in Broadway theater was postponed indefinitely.

* Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and Tim McGraw will headline a benefit concert on Sunday, playing from their homes, to raise money to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.

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Factbox: Latest on the spread of coronavirus around the world

(Reuters) – The number of people infected with coronavirus surpassed 100,000 across the world as the outbreak reached more countries and intensified economic damage, with business districts beginning to empty and stock markets tumbling.

(Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser)

DEATHS/INFECTIONS

**Globally, there have been over 100,300 cases and more than 3,400 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.

**Mainland China, where the outbreak began, has seen more than 3,000 deaths, but the epidemic is now spreading faster elsewhere.

ASIA

**China’s central province of Hubei, excluding the provincial capital Wuhan, reported zero new cases over 24 hours for the first time during the outbreak.

**China’s financial center of Shanghai reported three new infections on Friday, in Chinese nationals who caught the virus abroad.

**South Korea reported 505 new cases on Friday, down from 760 a day before, taking its total to 6,593. U.S. military confirmed its seventh case among those stationed there.

**Singapore, praised by the World Health Organisation for its efforts to prevent the virus from spreading, warned on Friday that deaths would become “inevitable” as a global pandemic emerges. More than two months since its first case, Singapore has kept infections to just over 100 people with no deaths.

**Vietnam on Friday reported its first new coronavirus case in three weeks but the risk of infections spreading remains very high, Hanoi city chairman Nguyen Duc Chung said.

**Confirmed infections in Japan rose to 1,057 on Friday morning.

**Japan’s prime minister on Thursday ordered a two-week quarantine for all visitors from China and South Korea, and his government signaled the Olympics would go ahead as planned.

**South Korea said on Friday it would suspend visas for Japan in response to Tokyo’s own travel restrictions.

EUROPE

**Spain confirmed its fifth death, with 365 confirmed cases.

**France confirmed 613 cases of coronavirus, an increase of 190 compared to a day earlier.

**The death toll from the virus in Italy has risen by 49 to 197 on Friday, the largest daily increase in fatalities since the contagion was uncovered two weeks ago.

**On the Spanish island of Tenerife, busloads of guests left a hotel where they had been locked down since Feb. 25. Local authorities said 443 people had departed since the lockdown was declared, leaving around 400 guests still inside.

**The Vatican confirmed its first case on Friday. The death toll stood at 148 on Thursday.

**Slovakia and Serbia confirmed their first cases on Friday and the Netherlands reported its first death.

**More than 60 staff at an Irish hospital were asked to self-isolate on Friday after the country’s first community transmission was found there.

**Polish police limited drink-driving tests fearing this could speed transmission.

**EU officials failed on Friday to persuade France, Germany and other countries to lift controls on exporting protective gear, which officials said could hurt the bloc’s effort to fight the coronavirus.

AMERICAS

**The death toll in the United States rose to 14 on Friday after the outbreak surfaced in at least four new states and San Francisco the day before.

**Brazil has confirmed eight cases of the new coronavirus as of Thursday, including the first instances of likely local transmission.

**Colombia confirmed its first case of coronavirus on Friday

AUSTRALIA

**Australia ordered its first school closure on Friday after a 16-year-old pupil tested positive, as the country’s prime minister warned the public bill for treating infected patients could top A$1 billion ($661 million).

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

**Cameroon and Togo confirmed their first cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa hit by the epidemic to five.

**Iran’s death toll from the virus jumped to 124, as more than 1,000 new cases were diagnosed over 24 hours.

**Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared a 30-day state of emergency on Thursday and Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity was closed following the discovery of seven cases in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

EVENT CANCELLATIONS

**More luxury brands have postponed fashion shows worldwide.

**Russia has canceled its flagship annual St Petersburg International Economic Forum this year.

**Formula E postponed Rome’s ePrix race expected on April 4.

ECONOMIC FALLOUT

**The Asian Development Bank said the outbreak could slash global economic output by 0.1-0.4%, with financial losses forecast to reach between $77 billion and $347 billion.

**The outbreak likely halved China’s economic growth in the current quarter compared with the previous three months, a Reuters poll found.

**The cost of insuring exposure to sovereign as well as corporate debt rose almost across the board on Friday as the spread of coronavirus raised the prospect of debt distress and government bailouts.

**Global recession risks have risen due to coronavirus, credit rating agency Moody’s said on Friday.

MARKETS

**Yields on U.S. Treasuries plunged to historic lows on Friday as fear the coronavirus outbreak will slam the global economy drove investors to snap up risk-adverse assets and dump equities, overshadowing data highlighting a strong U.S. labor market. [MKTS/GLOB]

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1 in 2.1 million: Baby girl born on leap day shares same birthday as dad

Being born on a leap year is rare enough, but even rarer when it coincides with the parent’s birthday, too.

So rare, in fact, that the odds of it happening is only 1 in 2.1 million times.

Ivan Rebollar Cortez received the perfect birthday present on Feb. 29, welcoming his newborn baby girl Camila.

Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael, Calif., shared three adorable photos of the new dad and his bundle of joy. Camila wore a sweet hand-knit frog hat and matching diaper cover.

“Happy Birthday and Happy Leap Day! Pictured is baby Camila and dad Ivan Rebollar Cortez sharing their leap day birthday at Mercy San Juan Medical Center today,” the hospital wrote on Facebook. “The odds of a parent sharing a birthday with their child on a leap year is 1 in 2.1 million.”

“We are going to share this amazing bond for the rest of our lives and I am just so happy,” the dad, who the station refers to as Ivan Peñaloza, told KHOU-TV. “I couldn’t have asked for much more than a healthy baby, so this is just a beautiful, unexpected blessing.”

The hospital even gave Camila the “leap frog” outfit, cake, balloons and even sang happy birthday, mom Jennifer Rebollar Cortez told the broadcast station.

What makes this rare occurrence even more special is the fact that Camila wasn’t even due to be born on the same day.

“She was actually due March 3, and so we never could have imagined this,” Jennifer said.

The hospital staff were equally surprised as the new parents, with one nurse telling KVOA-TV: “I’ve worked here 29 years, I’ve never seen it happen.

“It’s the first time.”

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Winnipeg teacher uses song parody to encourage kids to stop the spread of flu

In their most recent report, Manitoba Health suggested that while the number of flu cases this season is decreasing, more and more younger people continue to get sick.

So one Winnipeg teacher is encouraging her kindergarten and Grade 1 students to help stop the spread of flu and cold viruses in a fun and interesting way.

Caroline Flett posted a video to Facebook on Friday in which she sings about washing your hands to the tune of TLC’s hit song No Scrubs.

She told Global News the idea just came to her.

“I was thinking back to this song that I hadn’t heard in a while,” she said, “and thought it would be perfect to change the words and make a parody about not washing your hands.”

Flett says she wanted to teach preventative measures to the kids without worrying them about getting sick.

The video has gone over well, garnering more than 800 views and 12 shares as of Saturday afternoon. Flett says it’s been especially popular with her teacher friends.

“We’re in this environment with so many kids, who have their hands in their mouth or nose, so it’s good for a laugh because we all know what it’s like to get sick and we’re just trying to stay healthy.”

According to Manitoba Health’s Feb. 21 influenza report, there have been more than 1,300 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu in the province since September 2019.

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Factbox: German far-right attacks in recent years

BERLIN (Reuters) – A gunman with suspected far-right links shot dead nine people, some of them migrants from Turkey, in an overnight rampage through a German city before killing himself.

There have been a number of far-right attacks in recent years in Germany, with violence rising sharply in 2015, when the country took in more than one million migrants.

The German domestic intelligence agency estimated that the number of violent crimes with far-right elements rose by 3% in 2018, although attacks on centers for asylum seekers fell after a spike in 2015 and 2016.

Feb. 14, 2020 – German police arrest 12 men on suspicion of involvement in a far-right plot to overthrow the political order by means of targeted attacks.

Oct. 9, 2019 – A gunman who denounced Jews opens fire outside a German synagogue in the eastern city of Halle on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, killing two people as he livestreams his attack.

The attacker, a 27-year-old German, fatally shoots a woman outside the synagogue and a man inside a nearby kebab shop.

June 2, 2019 – Pro-immigration German politician Walter Luebcke is found lying in a pool of blood outside his home in the state of Hesse. Stephan Ernst, a German far-right sympathizer initially confesses to the crime and later retracts his confession. Luebcke was a hate figure for the far right because of his outspoken defense of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 2015 decision to let in refugees.

July 11, 2018 – A member of a German neo-Nazi gang is jailed for life for her part in the murders of 10 people during a campaign of racially-motivated violence. Beate Zschaepe was part of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), whose members killed eight Turks, a Greek man and a German policewoman from 2000 to 2007. An official report later says police had “massively underestimated” the risk of far-right violence and that missteps had allowed the cell to go undetected.

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