Heath & Science | Coronavirus Live Updates: Japan declares state of emergency, prepares near $1 trillion stimulus
Holly Ellyatt, Yen Nee Lee, Huileng Tan, Weizhen Tan
- Global cases: At least 1,341,907.
- Global deaths: At least 74,476.
- Most cases reported: United States (366,614), Spain (136,675), Italy (132,547), Germany (102,453), and France (98,959).
All times below are in Beijing time.
4:47 pm: Japan declares state of emergency, prepares near $1 trillion stimulus
Abe announced the state of emergency targeting the capital Tokyo and six other prefectures — accounting for about 44% of Japan’s population — for a period of about one month, Reuters reported.
“We have decided to declare a state of emergency because we’ve judged that a fast spread of the
His cabinet will also finalize the stimulus package — which is equal to 20% of Japan’s economic output — to cushion the impact of the epidemic on the world’s third-largest economy. — Holly Ellyatt
4:20 pm: Russia’s daily rise in
coronavirus cases goes above 1,000 for first time
The number of reported cases rose by 1,154 while the death toll rose to 58, up 11 from yesterday, the center said. It said it had conducted 795,000 tests. — Holly Ellyatt
4:06 pm: WhatsApp curbs message forwarding to slow spread of
It said in a blog post Tuesday that is now restricting users to sharing forwarded content to one chat at a time.
“We’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation. We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation,” it said.
It said it was working directly with NGOs and governments, including the World Health Organization and over 20 national health ministries, to help connect people with accurate information. — Holly Ellyatt
3:32 pm: World leaders rally
round UK’s Boris Johnson who remains in intensive care with coronavirus
President Donald Trump sent his best wishes to the prime minister Monday and told a press briefing that: “All Americans are praying for him, he’s a friend of mine, he’s a great gentleman and a great leader.”
French President Emmanuel Macron and Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez were among other leaders that sent messages of support to Boris Johnson, his family, and the British people. — Holly Ellyatt
3:26 pm: Kremlin’s
coronavirus aid to the West is controversial
However, Andrey Kostin, president and chairman of VTB Bank, told CNBC Monday that Russia did not expect anything in return for its recent assistance to Italy, which included medical personnel, ventilators, masks and protective suits. Others believe that Russia is using the medical aid as a propaganda tool. — Holly Ellyatt
3:19 pm: Domestic travel in the US, Australia and Southeast Asia could resume
“My feeling is, and this is in places like Southeast Asia, Australia, North America, the domestic side of things will start picking up, start returning to normal, mainly on government dictates, in June,” he said. — Karen Gilchrist
3:05 pm: COVID-19 pandemic may be the breaking point for Hong Kong businesses
Hong Kong reported its first
Still, more and more restrictive measures have been in place. Many employees have already been working from home and schools have been suspended, but restaurants and bars have mostly operated as usual — at least until recently. —
2:57 pm: France’s lockdown would last for as long as necessary
The minister told broadcaster BFM TV that the country is “still in a worsening phase of the epidemic,” according to the report. The country has been in lockdown mode since March 17, closing all but essential businesses.
France has registered one of the largest outbreaks in the world. Cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the country have reached 98,984, with 8,911 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. — Yen Nee Lee
2:30 pm: Germany confirms 3,834 more cases, 173 additional deaths
That’s the second consecutive day that the country reported fewer than 4,000 cases — down from around 6,000 per day over the last few days, data
Germany also reported another 173 deaths, taking its tally to 1,607 since the outbreak, showed the data. — Yen Nee Lee
1:21 pm: Thailand reports 38 new cases, one more death
The Southeast Asian country also reported one additional death relating to the disease, the report said. That brings Thailand’s total fatalities to 27 since the outbreak. — Yen Nee Lee
12:07 pm: Philippines extends lockdown to end-April
The measures that restrict movement and gatherings were due to end next week, according to the report.
As of Monday, the Philippines has reported 3,660 confirmed
9:55 am: South Korea reports fewer than 50 cases for the second day running
On Monday, the country reported the same number of new cases — one of the lowest daily reported numbers for the country since late February when the outbreak spread exponentially within its borders.
South Korea has altogether reported 10,331 cases of infection and 192 people have succumbed to the illness caused by the virus, according to data from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
South Korea is generally praised for its efforts to reduce the spread of infection by mass testing its people and adopting strict measures to quarantine and track those who affected. —
9:13 am: Los Angeles sees slowing growth in
The city added 192 confirmed
“Mondays are usually statistically a little bit lower, not as many people working on Sunday, fewer tests. But even with that, this is good news,” Mayor Garcetti said. “It shows that what you are doing is working.” — Jordan Novet
8:56 am: China reports 32 new cases, no deaths for the first time
That brings the country’s total to 81,740 confirmed cases, and 3,331 deaths, according to the NHC.
Separately, there were 30 new asymptomatic cases, where people tested positive for the
China started including asymptomatic cases in its daily reports starting April 1.
8:20 am: Asia markets jump in early trade
Data over the weekend suggested the number of daily U.S.
8:10 am: Japan’s leader Abe says fiscal spending to battle pandemic will total $357 billion
On Monday, Abe said the government will roll out an economic stimulus package worth 108 trillion yen, equal to 20% of economic output, the report said. Reuters reported that the package, to be confirmed by the cabinet on Tuesday, far exceeds the one compiled in the wake of the 2009 financial crisis totaling 56 trillion yen in size, with fiscal spending of 15 trillion yen. —
All times below are in Eastern time.
7:03 pm: White House health advisor Fauci says we will never get back to ‘normal’
Fauci, in answering a question about whether the world would get back to normal before a vaccine is approved, said we will gradually be able to “function as a society. But you’re absolutely right, if you want to get to pre-
“When we say getting back to normal we mean something very different from what we’re going through right now because right now we are in a very intense mitigation,” Fauci said. —Noah Higgins-Dunn
6:45 pm: WHO says there’s a global shortfall of 5.9 million nurses as world battles
Nursing is the largest occupational group in the
The greatest deficit of nurses is in low- to low-middle income countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean region and some parts of Latin America, according to the report, which looked at 191 countries using data between 2013 and 2018.
More than 80% of the world’s nurses work in countries that account for half of the world’s population, according to the report’s findings. —Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
6:39 pm: Trump says there’s light at the end of the tunnel with vaccine and treatment research
“Currently, ten different therapeutic agents are in active trials and some are looking incredibly successful,” he said. “But they have to go through a process and it’s going to be a quick process based on what the FDA told me.” He said another 15 potential treatments are working toward clinical trials, “so they’re advancing rapidly.”
Trump echoed comments made earlier Monday by World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who said the research to develop vaccines and treatments to fight the
3:15 pm: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in intensive care after
coronavirus condition ‘worsened’
“Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of
“Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital,” the spokesman said. “The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputize for him where necessary.”
“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication,” the spokesman added. —Kevin Breuninger