24th March 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 398,876 as of 11.30pm today. The total death toll stands at 17,261 as of 11.30pm today. World Health Organization’s spokeswoman says 85% of coronavirus cases reported over the past 24 hours have been in Europe and the United States. About two billion people worldwide are affected by a partial or total lockdown, curfew or some restrictions on their movement due to the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reported.
Italy’s aviation authority says police may use drones to monitor people’s movement in order to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The number of coronavirus cases in Italy is probably 10 times higher than the official tally. Italy has seen more fatalities than any other country, with latest figures showing that 6,077 people have died from the infection in barely a month, while the number of confirmed cases has hit 63,927.
British who fail to follow the government’s instructions to stay at home face an on-the-spot fine of 30 pounds.
The German army has lost six million protective masks at the airport in Nairobi. The spokesperson did not know why the masks were lost in Nairobi and did not know where they were originally shipped from. No payment had yet been taken, as it was due on delivery.
Deaths from Covid-19 in Spain have risen to 2,696 with 39,673 total cases. The bodies of Covid-19 victims are being delivered to an ice rink that is being used as a temporary morgue in Madrid.
New York cases soared to over 25,000, White House set to acquire thousands of test kits. Pressure has been intensifying for days on the Senate to pass a massive stimulus package to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Stocks jumped on Tuesday as investors hoped U.S. lawmakers were close to an agreement on a stimulus bill to rescue the economy from the coronavirus. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded more than 1,300 points higher, or 7.1%.
A coronavirus patient in Hawaii has died.
China and Hong Kong
Residents of China’s Hubei province received good news today when government officials announced the lockdown they have been living under for the past few months will be lifted on Wednesday. For those in Wuhan, where the virus was first discovered, those restrictions are set to remain in place until 8th April.
Meanwhile, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) in Hong Kong announced that as of 4pm today (March 24), the CHP is investigating 30 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, taking the number of cases to 387 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 386 confirmed cases and one probable case).
The newly reported cases announced today involve 18 males and 12 females aged between 15 and 66. Among them, 19 had travel history during the incubation period.
From 20th March to 9pm today, 299 and 73 travellers have been referred to the test centres at the AsiaWorld-Expo and North Lantau Hospital respectively for COVID-19 viral test. So far, 339 travellers have negative test results for COVID-19 and have returned to their residence to continue the 14-day home quarantine.
Preliminary positive test results will be further confirmed by the Department of Health and announced as confirmed cases in due course.
Elsewhere in the world
The 2020 Paralympics will also be postponed following the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Games to 2021.
African jazz legend Manu Dibango died of coronavirus
Iran reported 122 new coronavirus deaths, raising toll to 1,934. President Hassan Rohani announced that half of all government employees were staying at home in a bid to slow the outbreak.
Egypt announced a two-week curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., over 100 million people will be affected.
New Mexico stay-at-home instruction is now in effect.
Malaysia reported another COVID-19 fatality linked to religious gathering; death toll surged to 15. Total cases reached 1,624. Thailand will declare a one-month state of emergency on 26th March. Thai authorities also reported 106 new confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing the national total to 827.
The Cambodian government has used the coronavirus outbreak to lock up opposition activists and others expressing concern about the virus and the government’s response, U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday.
Singapore shut all entertainment outlets and limits gathering outside work and school to 10 or fewer people.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday the government would impose a nationwide lockdown from midnight for 21 days to stem the spread of the coronavirus.