Half-million contaminated worldwide as deaths surge: Live updates


The United States now has extra coronavirus circumstances than every other nation with greater than 85,500 infections, in accordance with Johns Hopkins University, pushing the whole numbers worldwide to greater than 531,000, as the worldwide demise toll surged previous 24,000 as of early Friday. 

There have been greater than 81,700 identified circumstances in China and 80,500 in Italy.

Over 122,000 individuals worldwide have recovered from COVID-19, whereas greater than 24,054 individuals have died, together with 1,288 within the US.

Italy reported the very best demise toll with greater than 8,200 deaths.


In India, the place the nation’s 1.Three billion individuals have been underneath orders to remain home, legions of poor have been immediately thrown out of labor and lots of households have been left struggling for one thing to eat.

Here are the newest updates:

Friday, March 27

02:24 GMT – Health provides from China arrive in Indonesia

Indonesia’s flag service Garuda has returned from China on Friday carrying 40 tonnes of well being provides, which can be distributed instantly throughout the nation the place new coronavirus sufferers have surged up to now week.

Jodi Mahardi, the maritime and funding coordinating ministry’s spokesman, mentioned the provides included private protecting gear and speedy check kits and masks.

They have been donations from a number of Chinese traders in Indonesia to assist the nation in coping with the coronavirus outbreak which might overwhelm the federal government’s healthcare system, as 78 individuals have died up to now three weeks and nearly 900 others examined constructive.

The Indonesian authorities has deliberate to distribute a few half million check kits throughout the archipelago nation, home for nearly 270 million.

02:19 GMT – Trump towards cancellation of Republican Convention in August

US President Donald Trump has mentioned that he wouldn’t cancel the Republican National Convention in August in Charlotte, North Carolina, due to the coronavirus.

In an interview on Fox News, Trump mentioned he believed the nation would have rebounded from the coronavirus outbreak by then.

“We’re not going to cancel,” Trump mentioned. “I think we’re going to be in great shape long before then.”

02:05 GMT – ‘Don’t stand or sit too shut’: Singapore imposes stiff penalties for physical-distancing violations 

Singapore imposed stiff penalties starting on Friday towards people who’re violating new rules on bodily distancing, as a part of its new coverage to comprise the unfold of coronavirus.

Violators could be fined as much as $10,000 (US$7,000), jailed for as much as six months, or face each penalties, if they’re discovered responsible of not holding at the least a one-metre (3.2 toes) distance from one other particular person in a public place. 

The new rules, primarily based on the up to date Infectious Diseases Act took impact, at 11:59PM native time (15:59 GMT) on Thusday.

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Violators of Singapore’s new physical-distancing rules may very well be fined as much as $10,000 (US$7,000), jailed for as much as six months, or face each penalties [File: Ee Ming Toh/AP]

01:53 GMT – Canada denounces Trump plan to deploy troops on the border 

Canada has denounced a proposal of the Trump administration to deploy troops alongside their undefended border to assist combat the unfold of the coronavirus, saying the thought was pointless and would harm relations.

Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland had made clear the Liberal authorities had no time for a plan to ship a whole lot of troops to the border to spice up safety.

“Canada is strongly opposed to this US proposal and we have made that opposition very, very clear … this is an entirely unnecessary step which we would view as damaging to our relationship,” Freeland advised a information convention.

“The public health situation does not require such action,” she mentioned, noting Washington had but to take a remaining choice.

01:30 GMT – South Korea stories 91 new circumstances 

South Korea has reported 91 new coronavirus circumstances on Friday.

The complete variety of circumstances within the nation has now reached 9,332, in accordance with the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The complete variety of circumstances in South Korea has reached 9,332 as of Friday, in accordance with the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [Ahn Young-joon/AP]

01:12 GMT – New Zealand confirms 85 new circumstances of coronavirus 

New Zealand confirmed on Friday at the least 85 new circumstances of coronavirus.

The complete variety of circumstances within the nation has now reached 368, of which 37 have recovered.

Most of the circumstances in New Zealand have hyperlinks to abroad travel, in accordance with well being authorities.

00:56 GMT – Study: Coronavirus might kill greater than 81,000 within the US 

The coronavirus pandemic might kill greater than 81,000 individuals within the US within the subsequent 4 months and will not subside till June, in accordance to a knowledge evaluation performed by University of Washington School of Medicine.

The variety of hospitalised sufferers is predicted to peak nationally by the second week of April, although the height might come later in some states. Some individuals might proceed to die of the virus as late as July, though deaths needs to be under epidemic ranges of 10 per day by June on the newest, in accordance with the evaluation.

The evaluation, utilizing knowledge from governments, hospitals and different sources, predicts that the variety of US deaths might range extensively, starting from as little as round 38,000 to as excessive as round 162,000.

00:38 GMT – 3.Three million US residents apply for unemployment

Nearly 3.Three million Americans utilized for unemployment advantages final week – almost 5 occasions the earlier report set in 1982 – amid a widespread financial shutdown attributable to the coronavirus, in accordance with the Associated Press information company.

The surge in weekly functions was a shocking reflection of the harm the viral outbreak is inflicting on the economic system. Filings for unemployment help usually replicate the tempo of layoffs.

As job losses mount, some economists say the nation’s unemployment price might approach 13 p.c by May. By comparability, the very best jobless price in the course of the Great Recession, which led to 2009, was 10 p.c. 

00:25 GMT – China stories 54 new imported circumstances, 5 new deaths in Wuhan

China’s National Health Commission reported on Friday at the least 54 new imported circumstances of coronavirus as of March 26 – barely decrease than the 67 circumstances the day gone by.

The well being company additionally reported 5 new deaths with no new circumstances in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak. Nationwide, the demise toll has reached 3,292 as of the tip of Thursday. 

Late on Thursday, Beijing introduced a brief ban on foreigners arriving within the nation with just a few exceptions, together with diplomats.

23:27 GMT Thursday – Brazil’s governors press Bolsonaro for extra coronavirus help

Brazil’s governors pressed President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday for extra federal help within the coronavirus battle after he blasted them as job-killers and undermined their orders with a decree holding church buildings open on the evangelical preachers’ request, the Associated Press information company reported.

In a public letter, Brazil’s governors argued that the federal authorities had not achieved sufficient to fund the combat towards the virus that has contaminated about half one million individuals globally.

Bolsonaro has more and more echoed the view of US President Donald Trump that jobs needs to be prioritised over restrictive measures to gradual the outbreak, as world well being consultants counsel.

“Tourism has plummeted to zero,” he mentioned on a Facebook Live broadcast on Thursday evening. “Nothing is working. This wave of panic and hysteria is bigger than the virus itself.” 

22:00 GMT Thursday – US overtakes Italy, China in variety of virus circumstances

Confirmed coronavirus circumstances within the US reached 83,500 as of late Thursday, greater than every other nation, overtaking Italy and China, the Johns Hopkins University tally confirmed. 

China had 81,782 circumstances, and Italy had 80,589 circumstances.

I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur with Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read all of the updates from yesterday (March 26) right here.