March 23, 2020 / 10:36 AM / 15 days ago

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

(Reuters) - The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, with more than 300,000 cases now recorded and infections reported from nearly every country.

A man wears a mask as he walks over the Millennium Bridge during the morning rush hour, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain, March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville


- More than 351,300 people have been infected across the world and over 15,300 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

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- The death toll in Italy rose to 6,077 but recorded the smallest increase in four days, while the number of new cases also slowed.

- Unions in Italy’s Lombardy region announced strikes on Monday for tougher shutdown measures to protect the health of workers.

- Spain has nearly 4,000 health workers infected, more than one in 10 of total confirmed cases, officials said on Monday.

- The number of cases in Germany has risen to 22,672 with 86 deaths.

- Angela Merkel’s initial test for coronavirus came back negative but she will undergo further tests.

- The Dutch government on Monday said it would strengthen an existing ban on public gatherings and extend it until June 1.

- Austria is mobilising military reservists for the first time since World War Two to help with food supplies, medical support and police operations, the defence minister said.

- Russia is developing a system to track people at risk of contracting the coronavirus using mobile phone geolocation data.

- Polish prisoners will be given the possibility to serve their sentences at home, under a justice ministry proposal that could benefit up to 20,000 convicts.

- Montenegro reported its first death on Monday.


- A far-reaching coronavirus economic stimulus package failed to advance in the U.S. Senate as Democrats said it contained too little money for states and hospitals and not enough restrictions on a fund to help big businesses.

- The U.S. surgeon general issued his starkest warning to date, telling Americans the crisis was “going to get bad” this week, as nearly one-third of Americans awoke to “stay at home orders.”

- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said people defying advice to isolate themselves to fight the outbreak should “go home and stay home” or face sanctions.

- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro appeared to be losing the battle of public opinion in his clash with state governors taking a much tougher line on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

- Mexican beaches will lie largely empty during “spring break” as restrictions spur widespread cancellations.

- At least two cargoes of Venezuelan crude have been delayed due to health inspections aboard tankers.

- Cuba said it dispatched a brigade of doctors and nurses to Italy for the first time this weekend at the request of the worst-affected region, Lombardy.


- Australia shut down pubs, clubs, gyms and houses of worship as cases topped 1,600 and authorities denied entry to a cruise ship carrying hundreds complaining of respiratory illnesses.

- New Zealand said on Monday it would move to its highest alert level, imposing self-isolation.

- Mainland China reported a drop in its daily tally of new cases, reversing four straight days of increases, as Beijing ramped up measures to contain imported infections.

- South Korea reported its lowest number of new cases since Feb. 29, with the extended downward trend boosting hopes that the outbreak may be abating.

- Japan called on G20 finance leaders to take timely policy steps to tackle global economic risks posed by the coronavirus outbreak.

- India announced a halt to domestic flights and said most of the country was under complete lockdown. So far, the virus has caused nine deaths and 471 infections.

- The Pakistani army said on Monday it would help to impose nationwide restrictions.

- Southeast Asian countries considered more emergency powers as the biggest daily jump in cases in Malaysia took the number of infections in the region above 4,000.

- Tens of thousands of migrant workers left Thailand for neighbouring countries as the country prepared to close many land border crossings late on Monday.


- Iran’s President said on Monday the United States should lift sanctions if it wants to help the country, which has had around 1,800 deaths and over 23,000 cases.

- Turkey will hire 32,000 more medical staff and stop exporting locally-made face masks.

- Saudi Arabia imposed a nationwide curfew after reporting a jump of almost a quarter in coronavirus cases, while the United Arab Emirates will suspend all passenger flights starting Wednesday.

- South Africa will impose a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from midnight on Thursday, as the number of cases jumped by 128 to 402.

- Congo imposed a two-day lockdown in a mining province.

- Nigeria confirmed its first death on Monday.


- Global equities slid further and safe-haven assets rose on Monday after a massive array of new programs from the U.S. Federal Reserve underscored the “severe” disruptions the coronavirus pandemic poses to a fast-weakening world economy.

- The United Nations will create a fund to prevent the spread of coronavirus and support the treatment of patients worldwide, Norway said.

- Widening curbs on travel led airlines to ramp up in flight cancellations.

- Several automakers said they would halt production in India, following last week’s closures in Europe, the United States, Canada and Mexico.


- The International Olympic Committee has decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games.

- Pope Francis’s trip to Malta, scheduled to take place on May 31, has been postponed indefinitely.

- Formula One expects to run a shortened season of 15-18 grands prix once racing can resume after the coronavirus pandemic.

- This season’s Champions League, Europa League and women’s Champions League finals scheduled for May have been formally postponed.

Compiled by Aditya Soni, Milla Nissi and Ramakrishnan M.; editing by Ed Osmond and Sriraj Kalluvila

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