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FACTBOX: Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world
Published in Ahram Online on 22 - 04 - 2020

Reported cases of the coronavirus have crossed 2.57 million globally and 178,574 people have died, according to a Reuters tally as of 1400 GMT on Wednesday.
Deaths And Infections
* The US House of Representatives will pass Congress' latest coronavirus aid bill on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, paving the way for additional $500 billion in economic relief.
* An old malaria drug touted by President Trump as a "game changer" provided no benefit and potentially higher risk of death for patients at US veterans hospitals, according to an analysis submitted for expert review.
* Ecuador is preparing a plan to reactivate its economy and allow flights home for citizens stranded abroad, the government said following a month of strict quarantine.
* Peru's hospitals are struggling with a rapid rise in infections, with bodies being kept in hallways, masks repeatedly reused, and protests of medical workers concerned over their safety.
* Mexico registered a jump of more than 700 confirmed cases on Tuesday, to reach a total of 9,501, health ministry officials said.
* Allies of both Venezuela's president and its opposition leader have begun secret talks as concerns grow about the possible impact of the pandemic, according to sources on both sides.
* Hundreds of Brazilians stranded in Southeast Asia during an emergency lockdown are headed home after the Brazilian embassy in Bangkok chartered a flight for them.
* Germany approved live human testing of a potential vaccine developed by German biotech company BioNTech.
* It may take European Union countries until the summer or longer to agree on how to finance an economic recovery as major disagreements persist, an official said on Wednesday.
* The outbreak has caused as many as 41,000 deaths in the United Kingdom, according to a Financial Times analysis of official data.
* Britain's prime minister faced a call for an inquiry into his government's handling of the crisis after failing to fully explain partial death data, limited testing or the lack of equipment for hospitals.
* Spain's prime minister said he plans to begin phasing out lockdown measures in the second half of May.
* Confirmed infections surpassed 10,000 in Poland on Wednesday, the highest number in post-communist central Europe, as it slowly eases restrictions ahead of a presidential election.
* Ukraine extended strong quarantine measures till May 11.
* The Kremlin called allegations about artificial origin of the new coronavirus groundless and unacceptable.
* The Berlin Marathon will not go ahead in September after Germany banned public gatherings of over 5,000 until Oct. 24.
* Hackers working in support of the Vietnamese government have attempted to break into Chinese state organisations at the centre of Beijing's effort to contain the outbreak, a US cybersecurity firm said.
* A northeastern city of 10 million people grappling with what is now China's biggest outbreak further restricted inbound traffic on Wednesday.
* Japan's effort to distribute protective masks has been marred by complaints about mould, insects, and stains.
* More than 30 crew members on an Italian cruise ship docked in Japan's Nagasaki prefecture have tested positive.
* India suspended antibody tests because of concerns over reliability, health officials said on Wednesday.
* Hong Kong's leader said the replacement of several ministers was aimed at reviving the coronavirus-hit economy and was unrelated to recent remarks from mainland China reaffirming Beijing's authority.
* Australia's prime minister called for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, but France beating pandemic came before looking for who was at fault.
* The Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Organising Committee said a member of the organisation has tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Middle East And Africa
* Sixty-eight people, mostly staff, have come down with the coronavirus at a prison in the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate, prison authorities said, without reporting any deaths.
* A Lebanese university hospital team will test for the coronavirus at a refugee camp on Wednesday after a resident was found to be infected, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency said.
* Air Mauritius has entered voluntary administration after the disruptions made it impossible to meet its financial obligations for the foreseeable future, its board said.
* Zambia's Chamber of Mines has urged the government to urgently engage with the sector and agree relief measures.
Economic Fallout
* Oil took markets on another rollercoaster ride on Wednesday as Brent somehow managed to reverse an early 12% crash to 1999 lows and give battered petrocurrencies and stock markets something to cheer, with coronavirus lockdowns slashing demand. [MKTS/GLOB}
* As the world marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, calls were growing for "green recovery" packages to spur a shift to a low-carbon future.
* A possible drop in emissions due to the pandemic will not be enough to stop climate change, the World Meteorological Organization said, urging governments to integrate climate action into recovery plans.
* The economies of Latin America and the Caribbean will shrink by a record 5.3% in 2020, a United Nations agency said.
* The collapse in China's economic activity has fanned calls for the government to hasten the rollout of fiscal stimulus, as ballooning unemployment threatens social stability.
* Turkey's central bank slashed its key interest rate by 100 basis points to 8.75% on Wednesday, more than expected.

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