COVID-19 UPDATES : US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have tested negative for coronavirus, Berlin limits gatherings to no more than 10


22nd March 2020 – (Italy)  Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have surpassed 307,627 as of 10am today with 32,030 new cases. The total death toll stands at 13,050 as of 10am today.


Italy coronavirus deaths surged by 793 in a day, lifting total death toll to 4,825. The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has leapt by 793 to 4,825, officials said on Saturday, an increase of 19.6% — by far the largest daily rise in absolute terms since the contagion emerged a month ago. Total cases in Italy reached 53,578. Italian soccer club AC Milan announced on its website Saturday that former player Paolo Maldini and his son, Daniel, have tested positive for coronavirus. Soccer player Paulo Dybala, a forward for Italian Serie A club Juventus, also tested positive for coronavirus.

Berlin limits gatherings to no more than 10. Restaurants in the city can only offer takeout and delivery. 

The number of people who have died in France since the beginning of the epidemic is now at 562 and the total tally is at 14,459 as of Saturday.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom has surged to 5,018.

Spain’s health authorities reported a drastic spike of 5,000 new cases of COVID-19 in just one day. 25,496 cases have been reported in the country.

Turkey announced a partial curfew for citizens older than 65 years old and for those who have chronic conditions starting at midnight on Saturday. Turkey has 947 cases.


US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have tested negative for coronavirus. A Transportation Security Administration officer working at Dulles International Airport in Virginia has tested positive for the coronavirus. Anyone who arrives in Hawaii will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. There are now at least 26,686 in U.S. and 340 people have died from COVID-19. US Department of Justice proposes denying visas to people who test positive for coronavirus.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson said the social distancing order he announced Friday will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday and last until April 6 unless it is extended. St. Louis to begin 30-day mandatory ‘stay at home’ order Monday. Illinois ‘stay at home’ order took effect at 6 p.m. on Saturday. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced a statewide “stay at home” order which will go in to effect at 9 p.m. ET Saturday.

An inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn has tested posted for the coronavirus. The Ottawa Senators announced that a second player on the team has tested positive for coronavirus.  A Fort Carson soldier has tested positive for coronavirus.

Despite federal guidelines, President Donald Trump suggested ‘sanitizing’ and reusing medical masks. FDA guidelines for the common N95 respirator masks state they “should not be shared or reused.”. President Trump also said he wished China had told him earlier about coronavirus. He further said the decision on whether to hold the Tokyo Olympics as planned this summer is up to the Japanese government.

California Governor Gavin Newsom urged residents not to be selfish and stay home. He told the people not to selfish adding that for young people “thinking this is a party, (it’s) time to grow up,”

Tim Cook from Apple confirmed that the company is donating 2 million masks to health professionals in the US and Europe.  

China and Hong Kong

China’s National Health Commission reported 46 new confirmed cases and six more deaths as of Saturday. The total tally reached 81,054 cases and 3,261 deaths. Of the new cases, 45 were imported.

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) in Hong Kong announced that as of 4pm yesterday, there are 17 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, taking the number of cases to 274 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 273 confirmed cases and one probable case).

New imported cases of COVID-19 with the latest involving a pair of mother and child who re-entered Hong Kong from the United States were detected in Macau for two consecutive days. There are now 22 cases.

Elsewhere in the world

South Korea confirmed 98 more cases and two additional deaths as of Saturday. The country now has 8,897 confirmed cases and 104 deaths.

The country of Georgia has declared a nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic.

Qatar shut down parks and public beaches over COVID-19 pandemic. Angola confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19. Eritrea’s Ministry of Information has reported the east African country’s first case of coronavirus.

Lebanon will use security patrols and checkpoints to prevent people from leaving homes.

Uganda confirmed 1st case of COVID-19. The confirmed case is a 36-year-old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai at 2:00am today, Saturday 21st March 2020 aboard Ethiopian airlines. He presented with symptoms of high fever and poor appetite.

Kuwaiti Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Anas Al-Saleh announced an 11-hour curfew from 5 p.m. Sunday to 4 a.m. Monday (local time), according to the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

Bolivia has announced a nationwide, 14-day “total quarantine” starting Sunday. An 82-year-old woman in Chile died from coronavirus.

All foreigners will be denied entry to Vietnam as of 22nd March.