26th March 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 445,853 as of 12am today. The total death toll stands at 19,786 as of 12am today. The United Nations has launched its US$2 billion Global Humanitarian Response Plan in the fight against coronavirus in the world’s poorest countries.
London City Airport is temporarily suspending commercial and private flights until the end of April. Prince Charles has coronavirus and is displaying mild symptoms, a Clarence House spokesman said. He has been advised he was contagious with coronavirus starting on 13th March.
Italy, the new epicentre of the virus, has recorded nearly 70,000 cases and almost 7,000 deaths. Those who have tested positive and do not stay home could face one to five years in prison and those who violate quarantine rise will be fined from 400 euros to 3,000 euros.
Spain has recorded 3,434 deaths from coronavirus overtaking China. The country now has 47,610 confirmed cases in total.
Roger Federer has announced he and his wife Mirka will donate 1 million Swiss Francs to help poor families in Switzerland impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak.
There are at least 59,966 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States and 808 people have died. There are at least 30,811 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the state of New York. At least 17,858 of those cases are in New York City.
U.S. stocks surged past 10% after US$2 trillion U.S. stimulus boost. A breakneck rebound in world stocks made it past the 10% mark on Wednesday before more global coronavirus warnings and fresh turbulence in commodity markets saw things grind to a halt.
New York Blood Center will be the first blood centre to collect blood plasma donations from individuals who have recovered from Covid-19 in order to treat other patients with serious or immediately life-threatening coronavirus infections.
Amazon warehouses are dealing with at least nine facilities hit so far with coronavirus cases, according to Amazon.
China and Hong Kong
China will resume domestic passenger flights to and from Wuhan starting 8th April, according to the Hubei provincial transportation authority.
The existence of a substantial but unknown number of asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus in China has raised concerns among the public that people could still be spreading COVID-19 without knowing they are sick. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has warned local officials not to hide the numbers of new COViD-19 cases
Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) announced that as of 4pm yesterday the CHP is investigating 24 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, taking the number of cases to 411 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 410 confirmed cases and one probable case). The newly reported cases announced today involve 13 males and 11 females aged between 11 and 57. Among them, 19 had travel history during the incubation period.
Elsewhere in the world
Saudi Arabia has suspended inter-city travel between Riyadh, Medina and Mecca and has tightened curfews in the cities to start at 3 p.m. local time.
Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike has urged residents in the city to avoid making “non-essential outings” this weekend as the city reported an increase in its number of novel coronavirus cases.
Pakistan prime minister under increased pressure to impose lockdown. The number of patients diagnosed with coronavirus in Pakistan crossed 1,000 today.
Thailand announced state of emergency starting tomorrow until 30th April. Singapore recorded a total of 73 cases today taking its total to 631. The city has banned gatherings of over 10 people outside work and school. All bars, cinemas and entertainment outlets are shut until end of April.
The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh near world’s largest refugee camp. Kenya Airways suspended flights after 28 cases were detected in Kenya.