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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Factbox: Latest on coronavirus spreading in China and beyond

(Reuters) – China reported a sharp decrease in new deaths and cases of the coronavirus on Saturday but a doubling of infections in South Korea and 10 new cases in Iran added to unease about its rapid spread and global reach.

** China has reported a total of 75,569 cases of the disease caused by the virus, known as COVID-19, including 2,239 deaths.

** Mainland China had 397 new confirmed cases on Friday, down from 889 a day earlier, but only 31 cases were outside of the virus epicenter of Hubei province, the lowest number since the National Health Commission started compiling nationwide data a month ago.

** The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the number of cases with no clear epidemiological link, although the total number of cases outside China remains relatively small, its director general said on Saturday.

** Outside China, there have been more than 1,200 cases in 26 countries, the WHO said. That includes one confirmed case on the African continent, in Egypt.

** South Korea said on Saturday its number of new cases had doubled to 433, and suggested the tally could rise as more than 1,000 people who attended a church at the center of the outbreak reported flu-like symptoms. Two people have died in the current outbreak.

** Ten new cases have been detected in Iran, one of whom has died, the health ministry said on Saturday. This bring the total number of cases in the country to 28, with five people having died.

** Two people have died in Italy and another 51 have been infected as an outbreak spreads in the country’s industrious north, forcing authorities to ban public events and companies to tell workers in affected areas to stay at home.

** China’s Gansu province has lowered its emergency response measures, its health commission said on Friday, the first in the country to do so.

** In Hong Kong, citizens have set up a surgical face mask factory to ease supplies and deter price gouging.

** The International Monetary Fund predicted on Saturday the outbreak would lower China’s growth this year to 5.6% and shave 0.1 percentage points from global growth.

** Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Saturday the yen’s recent declines were largely driven by a strong dollar, shrugging off some market views that the virus epidemic is triggering an outflow of funds from Asia.

** Japan’s factory activity suffered its steepest contraction in seven years in February, reinforcing the risk of a recession in the world’s third-largest economy.

** Japanese automakers on Friday delayed the restart of plants near the outbreak’s epicenter in China, raising the risk of further supply disruptions.

** Two elderly passengers from aboard a cruise ship moored near Tokyo died, as hundreds more disembarked after two weeks in quarantine.

** Some 30 British passengers arrived back home on Saturday after spending more than two weeks stuck on a quarantined cruise ship in a Japanese port.

** Two Australians evacuated from the cruise ship have tested positive after returning to their home country, whose prime minister plans to extend a ban on arrivals from mainland China into a fourth week.

** The U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued a low-level travel advisory for Japan.

** Tokyo Metropolitan Government said it would either cancel or postpone major indoor events it has sponsored for the next three weeks.

** China’s banking sector may face a surge of non-performing loans in 2020 if the virus doesn’t peak until April.

** Hubei has established a 50 billion yuan ($7.1 billion) special financing vehicle to help the local economy.

** Beijing’s containment measures look set to delay the rollout of 5G as tenders for six big projects have been postponed since Jan.31.

** This year’s record 8.7 million Chinese university graduating class sees many students stuck at home as the corporate recruitment season begins.

** Asian shares were under water on Friday as coronavirus fears sent funds fleeing into the safety of U.S. assets, lifting the dollar to three-year highs.

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Latest on coronavirus spreading in China and beyond

(Reuters) – China reported an uptick in new cases of coronavirus on Friday, although the pace of increase was at its slowest since January, a downward trend that the World Health Organization (WHO) called encouraging.

– Mainland China reported 889 new cases as of Feb. 20, up from 394 cases a day earlier. Hubei province had 411 new confirmed cases, up from 349 cases a day earlier.

– The death toll rose by 118 to 2,236, mostly in Hubei, which remains under a virtual lockdown.

– To date, 25 other countries have reported 1,076 cases to the WHO, compared with more than 75,400 inside China.

– The epidemic is set to be a point of discussion at a meeting of finance leaders from the Group of 20 major economies on the weekend in Riyadh. China will not send any officials to the meeting.

– The streets of South Korea’s fourth-largest city, Daegu, were abandoned on Thursday, with residents holed up indoors after dozens of people caught the coronavirus in what authorities described as a “super-spreading event” at a church.

– Japan and Singapore are on the brink of recession and South Korea said on Friday its exports to China slumped in the first 20 days of February as the outbreak upends global supply chains.

– Japan’s factory activity suffered its steepest contraction in seven years in February, as the widening fallout from the coronavirus outbreak in China reinforced the risk of a recession in the world’s third-largest economy.

– Two elderly passengers from aboard a cruise ship moored near Tokyo died, as hundreds more disembarked after two weeks in quarantine.

– Two Australians evacuated from a cruise ship in Japan have tested positive after returning to their home country.

– Australia will extend a ban on arrivals from mainland China into a fourth week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

– In Japan, some investors have begun to worry if the epidemic could scupper the Olympics set to start in Tokyo from July 24, hitting shares of firms ranging from sportsgear makers to event organizers.

– London’s mayor said the British capital would be ready to host the 2020 Olympics if the virus outbreak forced the Games to be moved from Tokyo.

– Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region stand to lose $27.8 billion of revenue this year as they slash flights due to declining demand as a result of the epidemic.

– Ratings agencies said the impact on earnings of cruise companies from canceled trips, steep discounts and ships quarantined over virus concerns pose credit risks.

– China’s banking sector may face a surge of up to 7.7 trillion yuan ($1.10 trillion) of non-performing loans in 2020 if the virus doesn’t peak until April.

– Hubei has established a 50 billion yuan ($7.1 billion) special financing vehicle to help the local economy.

– Residents of a central Ukrainian town clashed with police, burned tires and hurled projectiles at a convoy of buses carrying evacuees from China’s Hubei province to a sanatorium on Thursday.

– Asian shares were cast adrift on Friday as fears over the creeping spread of the coronavirus sent funds fleeing to the sheltered shores of U.S. assets, lifting the dollar to three-year highs.

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Latest on coronavirus spreading in China and beyond

(Reuters) – Here are latest developments around the coronavirus outbreak:

* An elderly Chinese tourist hospitalized in France has died of the coronavirus, becoming the first fatality in Europe, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said.

* Beijing’s latest figures showed 66,492 cases and 1,523 deaths, mostly in central Hubei province. Outside mainland China there have been about 500 cases in some two dozen countries and territories, with four deaths in Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines and France.

* President Xi Jinping exhorted Chinese officials to keep economic and social control amid battle against virus.

* The United States plans to send an aircraft to Japan to bring back Americans on the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, where the most coronavirus infections outside China have occurred.

* Hundreds of anti-government protesters marched in multiple Hong Kong neighborhoods on Saturday against government plans to potentially turn some buildings into coronavirus quarantine centers, demanding full closure of the mainland China border.

* China’s foreign minister expressed confidence the epidemic will be over soon and that the impact will be only temporary on its economy, which will rebound strongly.

* U.S. President Donald Trump has thanked Cambodia for taking in the castaway cruise ship MS Westerdam in a rare message to a country that is one of China’s closest allies and has often been at odds with Washington.

* The Chinese capital Beijing imposed a 14-day self-quarantine on people returning to the city from holidays to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, and threatened to punish those who failed to comply.

* Egypt confirmed its first coronavirus case – also the first in Africa – and said the affected person was a foreigner who had been put into isolation in hospital.

* Vietnam has denied two cruise ships permission to dock due to fears of coronavirus infections on board, Vietnamese state media and a cruise operator reported.

* Passengers on the cruise ship that spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over virus fears started disembarking in Cambodia.

* Asian shares edged up on Friday, on course to post the second straight week of gains, helped by hopes governments will make provisions to soften the impact on their economies from the coronavirus epidemic. [MKTS/GLOB]

* China’s economy will grow at its slowest rate in the current quarter since the financial crisis, a Reuters poll showed.

* The epidemic could shave up to 0.2 percentage points off Japan’s economic growth this year, another Reuters poll showed.

* Pangang, one of China’s top titanium producers, halted production at its unit in Chongqing after members of staff were found to be infected with the new coronavirus.

* Shell said on Friday it had sent some staff home from its main Singapore office after it identified an employee who had been in contact with a coronavirus case.

* KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France KLM, offered a public apology on Friday after a crew member sparked online outrage by posting a sign in Korean saying passengers on a recent flight were not allowed to use a toilet because of the coronavirus.

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