COVID-19 UPDATES : Part of Great Wall in China to reopen as cases continue to drop, stay home order implemented in U.K. and U.S., total cases in Italy spike to 63,927


24th March 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 381,739 as of 1pm today. The total death toll stands at 16,558 as of 1pm today. World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned the coronavirus “pandemic is accelerating,” in a tweet on Monday. As coronavirus cases continue to spread rapidly, health officials and leaders around the world are appealing to citizens to stay inside their homes and maintain social distancing.


At least 54 people have died in the UK from coronavirus in the past 24 hours. There have been 335 deaths and 6,700 cases nationwide. Millions of Britons have been told they can only leave their homes once a day, and gatherings of more than two people will be banned, under a national lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus. Prime Minister Johnson announced order to U.K. residents to stay home for next three weeks except for essential reasons amid coronavirus outbreak. Johnson said that all shops selling non-essential goods would be closed, along with libraries and places of worship, and that all social events would be stopped other than funerals. UK called in army and warns people to stay home or face lockdown. Britain sent in the army to deliver protective equipment to hospitals on Monday and told people to stay at home and heed warnings over social distancing or the government would bring in more extreme measures to stop the coronavirus spread.

The number of coronavirus infection cases in France jumped to 19,856, up by 3,176 in one day, Health Minister Olivier Veran announced on Monday.

Angela Merkel , the chancellor of Germany’s initial coronavirus test came back negative. The health ministry in Spain reported 35,136 total cases as of today.

There were 601 new coronavirus-related deaths in Italy confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 6,077. The total number of cases there is 63,927.



There are over 46,145 cases in the US, 21,689 in New York state and at least 582 people have died. First lady Melania Trump has been tested for coronavirus and is doing fine.

U.S. states, cities desperate for coronavirus help. Several more U.S. governors on Monday joined the procession of states ordering millions of Americans to stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, while President Trump signalled he’s considering a move in the opposite direction.

Massachusetts is closing all non-essential businesses. Businesses that are exempt include grocery stores, gas stations and medical suppliers. Mass transit will still run.

The Texas Attorney General’s office just ordered all clinics that provide abortion to immediately stop providing the procedure in order to comply with the state’s temporary suspension of surgeries that are not deemed “medically necessary”.

Hawaii is the latest state to issue a “stay at home” . At least 16 US states have issued stay-at-home orders.

Dow Jones closed down nearly 600 points as markets continue to reel from fears of coronavirus’ impact on the global economy.

China and Hong Kong

Mainland China reported the first case in Hubei province in six days, according to China’s National Health Commission. It was among 78 additional cases reported as of the end of day Monday, 74 of those were imported.   All international travelers arriving in Beijing, regardless of their final destinations, will be quarantined and tested for the coronavirus at designated government facilities at their own expense. One of the most visited sections of China’s Great Wall will be reopened for tourists Tuesday as the number of novel coronavirus cases in the country continues to drop.

39 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Hong Kong yesterday, taking the number of cases to 357 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 356 confirmed cases and one probable case).

Elsewhere in the world

Cuban government on Monday announced they are limiting travel throughout the island and abroad for their citizens and closed all schools starting Tuesday for nearly a month to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  

Alaska announced a series of new measures today to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including an order for people to maintain a six-foot “social distance” in public. Businesses that can’t abide by that guideline are required to close by 5 p.m. Tuesday. 

Iran confirmed 1,411 new cases, bringing the total number to 23,049.

The Brazilian ministry of health reported 1,924 cases in the country.

Singapore confirmed 54 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, the country’s biggest one-day surge since the outbreak began. Of the 54 new cases, 48 are imported from overseas, with travel histories to Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. Total tally increased to 509 cases.

Mayor John Tory will declare a state of emergency for the City of Toronto in response to the growing COVID-19 crisis. There are at least 2,091 cases and 23 deaths nationwide.

Albania began a strict 16-hour daily curfew today. Tokyo may go into lockdown if coronavirus cases spike.

The 2020 Olympic Games has been postponed to next year due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, according to an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member. New Zealand athletes have voiced their support for postponing the 2020 Olympic Games, and are backed by the country’s Olympic Committee.

New South Wales, Australia has recorded 149 new cases, bringing the state’s total to 818. Premier Gladys Berejiklian described the increase as “substantial”.

Myamar has recorded its first two cases of coronavirus. Belize has confirmed its case of novel coronavirus.