Coronavirus updates: Deal reached on $2 trillion US assist bundle


The White House and Senate leaders of each events have struck an settlement on a sweeping $2 trillion measure to help employees, companies and a well being care system strained by the quickly spreading coronavirus outbreak.

The settlement on Wednesday got here after days of typically intense haggling and mounting stress and nonetheless must be finalised in detailed legislative language.


Meanwhile, India’s 1.three billion individuals have joined the worldwide lockdown triggered by the outbreak because the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern on the acceleration of the pandemic within the United States, and Italy recorded one other massive enhance in deaths from COVID-19.

Nearly 108,00Zero of the 418,00Zero individuals identified with the illness have recovered, in line with knowledge collected by Johns Hopkins University. More than 18,600 individuals have died from COVID-19 because it first emerged in China late final yr.

Here are the most recent updates:

Wednesday, March 25

05:40 GMT – Federal officers reach deal on $2 trillion stimulus bundle

The White House and Senate leaders of each events have struck an settlement on a sweeping $2 trillion measure to help employees, companies and a well being care system strained by the quickly spreading coronavirus outbreak.

The settlement got here after days of typically intense haggling and mounting stress and nonetheless must be finalized in detailed legislative language.

The unprecedented financial rescue bundle would give direct funds to most Americans, increase unemployment advantages and supply a $367bn programme for small companies to maintain making payroll whereas employees are pressured to remain home.

One of the final points to shut involved $500bn for assured, subsidised loans to bigger industries, together with a struggle over how beneficiant to be with the airways. Hospitals would get vital assist as nicely.

05:15 GMT – Malaysia extends lockdown till April 14

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says a two-week lockdown that started on March 18 will likely be prolonged till April 14. 

In a televised speech to the nation, Muhyiddin stated 172 extra instances have been confirmed on Wednesday bringing the overall throughout the nation to 1,796.

He assured individuals there have been loads of provides and that the federal government could be ramping up testing, particularly in virus “hotspots”.

04:55 GMT – South Korea affords spare medical tools to US

South Korea says it would ship medical tools to the US if it has any spare, after an pressing request from US President Donald Trump.

In a 23 minute cellphone name, Trump instructed President Moon Jae-in he would assist Korean producers acquire approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for his or her tools, South Korea’s Blue House workplace stated in a press release late on Tuesday.

Moon instructed Trump that South Korea “will provide as much support as possible, if there is spare medical equipment in Korea”.

04:35 GMT – Cruise ship passengers to be quarantined on Australian island

Some 800 Australian passengers on board the Vasco de Gama cruise ship, which is because of dock within the western Australian port of Fremantle on Friday, will likely be taken to Rottnest Island for quarantine, in line with the ABC.

Rottnest is a well-liked vacation island famend for its wildlife. It lies about 24 kilometres west of Fremantle.

04:30 GMT – Hefty fines for NSW residents who breach self-isolation

Police in New South Wales are detailing the powers they are going to be given to implement the rising restrictions on day by day life in Australia’s most populous state, together with 1,000 Australian greenback fines for these in breach of self-isolation rules.

The state earlier introduced 211 new confirmed instances of coronavirus bringing the overall to 1,029.

04:20 GMT – Malaysia data 17th dying

Malaysia has reported its 17th dying from coronavirus.

The well being ministry says the most recent fatality was a 66-year-old man with a historical past of continual sickness who died within the southern state of Johor.

04:15 GMT – Thailand instances rise as authorities prepares to invoke emergency

Confirmed instances of coronavirus in Thailand elevated to 934 on Wednesday, a day earlier than a state of emergency is because of come into pressure giving the federal government sweeping powers.

A well being official stated an additional 107 individuals had been identified with the an infection.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who first took energy in a coup in 2014, stated emergency rule would start on Thursday. The decree permits the federal government to “censor or shut down the media if deemed necessary” amongst different measures.

04:05 GMT – US lifts ban on Malaysia medical glove maker

The US has lifted a ban on a Malaysian medical glove maker it had beforehand accused of utilizing pressured labour.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Tuesday stated disposable rubber gloves made by WRP Asia Pacific after March 16 could be allowed into the nation. 

Malaysia is the world’s greatest producer of medical gloves and WRP has the capability to supply greater than 11 billion gloves a yr.

03:45 GMT – Malaysia PM to make particular tackle to nation; extra monetary help provided

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will make a particular televised tackle at 1pm (05:00 GMT), with the nation midway by way of a two week lockdown.

The authorities earlier introduced a sequence of measures to ease monetary stress together with a moratorium on mortgage repayments. 

03:15 GMT – South Korea studies 100 extra coronavirus instances

South Korea reported on Thursday 100 extra instances of the brand new coronavirus over the previous 24 hours, elevating the nation’s complete to 9,137.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in a press release that 34 of the 100 instances have been reported within the Seoul metropolitan space.

The KCDC additionally stated that nationwide fatalities from the virus elevated by six to 126.

03:15 GMT – Philippines Communist rebels to watch ceasefire after UN name

Communist rebels within the Philippines say they may observe a ceasefire after United Nations chief Antonio Guterres known as for an finish to all armed conflicts due to the coronavirus.

The Communist Party of the Philippines says its New People’s Army has been ordered to cease all offensives from Thursday till April 15. The battle has been occurring for greater than 50 years.

03:00 GMT – Bolsonaro accuses Brazil media of fuelling hysteria

Brazil’s proper wing president Jair Bolsonaro is accusing the media of stoking hysteria over the coronavirus, repeating his view that considerations concerning the virus are overblown.

“The virus arrived, we are confronting it, and it will pass shortly,” he stated in a televised tackle. “Our lives have to continue. Jobs should be maintained.”

About 2,200 individuals in Brazil have been confirmed to have the virus with 46 deaths reported.

Brazil anti Bolsonaro

Brazilians banged pots and pans at their home windows to point out their disgust at Bolsonaro’s dealing with of the coronavirus outbreak [Pilar Olivares/Reuters]

02:15 GMT – ‘Bunker down’: New Zealand declares state of emergency

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has declared a state of nationwide emergency because the nation ready to enter a month-long lockdown at midnight (11:00 GMT).

The nation has 205 instances, however Ardern says modelling suggests there may really be 1000’s.

All non-essential companies, faculties and workplaces will likely be shut and folks instructed to remain at home.

“Make no mistake this will get worse before it gets better,” Ardern instructed parliament. “We will have a lag and cases will increase for the next week or so. Then we’ll begin to know how successful we have been.”

Australia: One million jobs misplaced over pandemic

01:55 GMT – Australia tightens restrictions, worries about intensive care wants

Australia has additional tightened restrictions on motion, together with limiting the variety of individuals allowed at a marriage to 5 and people attending a funeral to 10.

Officials are involved that if the variety of instances continues to rise (there are actually greater than 2,250 confirmed instances) intensive care will likely be overwhelmed.

01:30 GMT – Xi Jinping to attend G20 video summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping will participate within the digital G20 summit on the coronavirus that is because of happen on Thursday.

00:40 GMT – South Korea to step up screening of arrivals from US

South Korea plans to step up screening procedures for individuals arriving within the nation from the US, Yonhap information company reported on Wednesday.

The new measures will come into impact no later than midnight on Friday (15:00 GMT).

People arriving from Europe are already required to be examined and to finish two weeks of self-isolation.

00:30 GMT – China studies 47 extra instances in individuals coming from abroad

China continues to report extra instances in individuals returning to the nation from abroad.

It now has a complete of 474 such instances with a rise of 47 on the finish of Tuesday.

The Foreign Ministry says many of the instances contain overseas nationals, however anybody arriving from abroad is required to enter centralised quarantine for 14 days.

I’m Kate Mayberry with Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic.

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