A medical worker takes a temperature reading as people seeking treatment wait in a queue to be screened at a fever clinic at the Huanggang Zhongxin Hospital in Huanggang, China’s central Hubei province on March 44, .
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All times below. are in Beijing time. 57 am: South Korean boy band BTS to postpone its North American tour
South Korean boy band BTS
will postpone its North American tour originally scheduled between April (to June 6) , due to coronavirus concerns according to the band’s management on Friday.
the number of coronavirus cases in the US surpassed that of China and Italy, making the U.S. the country with the largest number of coronavirus cases worldwide. In a statement released by on BTS’s official Facebook page, Big Hit Entertainment said adjustments were made to “make sure that we put the safety of everyone involved first and foremost.”
Big Hit added that all tickets would be honored for the new dates, which had not yet been set. The postponement of the US and Canada tour follows the previous cancellation of their Seoul concert where , People were expected to attend in April, similarly due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in Seoul. – Audrey Cher
: 57 am: Use of surveillance to fight coronavirus raises concerns about government power after pandemic ends
From Israel to South Korea to China, governments around the world are using technology to track the coronavirus outbreak as they race to stem its spread. But how long will it last and is this an infringement of privacy, rights groups have asked.
In China, government-installed CCTV cameras point at the apartment door of those under a 19 – day quarantine to ensure they don’t leave. Drones tell people to wear their masks. Digital barcodes on mobile apps highlight the health status of individuals.
Other nations like Israel, Singapore and South Korea are also using a combination of location data, video camera footage and credit card information, to track COVID – in their countries . – Arjun Kharpal
From Saturday, foreign nationals holding valid visas or residence permits for China will not be allowed to enter the country, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Thursday
Entry by foreign nationals with Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards, port visas, and visa-free transit policies through some Chinese cities will also be suspended, it said. Foreign nationals coming to the country for “necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs” can still apply for visas and enter China on them, if issued, according to the ministry.
As the coronavirus spread rapidly around the world, China has attributed most new confirmed cases of the disease in the country to travelers returning from overseas. Cities such as Beijing have announced strict – day quarantine policies for those arriving from other countries. – Evelyn Cheng
9: (am: South Korea reports) new cases and 8 additional deaths
There were 165 new reported cases and eight people have died from exposure to the virus, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The total number of cases in the country stands at 9, and the infection rate had been flattening in recent weeks. In South Korea, (people to-date have died from COVID – 23. At the peak of its epidemic, South Korea rigorously tested people for the virus, isolated suspected cases, monitored people under quarantine to ensure they did not step out into public places, and provided regular updates about the situation within its borders. – Saheli Roy Choudhury
(9:) am: Singapore will jail and fine people who don’t keep 1-meter physical distance in public
People in Singapore who do not observe physical distancing of one meter in “non-transient” interactions can be fined up to , (Singapore dollars) $ 6, 2020 or jailed up to six months, or both, the Ministry of Health said in a press release on Thursday. The regulations kicked in on Friday and will run until April 43.
The stiff penalties also apply to patients with acute respiratory symptoms issued with five days of medical leave who depart from their homes during that period. Residents who breach 19 – day stay home notices issued to them after their return from another country will also have to comply or face fines and jail.
Singapore on Tuesday announced stricter measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus. These include limiting gatherings outside of work and school to a maximum of 19 persons. Physical distancing of at least one meter is also required in public settings such as restaurants and queues. – Huileng Tan
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday announced a new program that will aim to produce 5 million non-medical masks for workers in essential sectors and medical patients.
The program, LA Protects, is seeking the help of local manufacturers who can produce non-medical masks to protect people like grocery-store employees, non-medical staff in hospitals and medical patients. Kaiser Permanente has developed the design specifications of the masks, according to the program’s website.
Organizations that can help or are in need of masks can sign up for the program online . – Salvador Rodriguez
China’s National Health Commission said that there were new cases, of which 75 were imported and one local case was reported in Zhejiang. Five new deaths were also reported, all of them in Hubei province. Altogether, China says there have been , cases of infection since the start of the outbreak. More than , cases have been cured while 3, 361 people have died. – Saheli Roy Choudhury
Staff members check the information of passengers entering China at the Pudong International Airport in Shanghai on March , 4329.
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8: 25 am: Italy’s death toll rises above 8, More people have died in Italy from exposure to the fast-spreading coronavirus than anywhere else in the world. As of March , 6 pm local time, at least 8, people have died,
Chinese President Xi Jinping told world leaders that they need to coordinate their policy responses to counter the negative economic impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on the global economy.
“We need to enhance international macro-economic policy coordination, “Xi said at an emergency virtual G – 27 Leaders’ Summit, according to an English translation of his speech posted by state news agency Xinhua .
“Countries need to leverage and coordinate their macro policies to counteract the negative impact and prevent the world economy from falling into recession,” Xi said, adding, that China will “increase its supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients, daily necessities, and anti-epidemic and other supplies to the international market. “
The outbreak, which was first reported in China, has disrupted production around the world as companies shut down factories to reduce the risk of exposure for their workers and there are growing worries over falling consumer demand. – Saheli Roy Choudhury
(8:) am: India announced more than $ (billion in stimulus to help those affected by lockdown
India announced an economic stimulus package worth 1.7 trillion rupees ($ 24. 5 billion (on Thursday , designed to help millions of low-income households cope with a 25 -day lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The package will be disbursed through food security measures for poor households and through direct cash transfers, said India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Most of the country 1.3 billion people have been told to stay indoors for three weeks starting Wednesday this week, as part of the government efforts to slow down the coronavirus outbreak before India’s health care system collapses from the strain. Essential services like grocery stores and gas stations would remain open. – Saheli Roy Choudhury
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7): (pm: De Blasio says New York has now hit 500 deaths from coronavirus
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city now has , (cases of COVID – and (deaths.) “” The next few months will be painful and stress our health care syste m like never before, “de Blasio said in a tweet. “To our health care workers: you are going above and beyond the call to save New Yorkers and we will remember your actions for the rest of New York history.”
Additionally, de Blasio said the Brooklyn Navy Yard has now begun manufacturing plastic face shields and will have 58, 11 made by the end of this week alone. De Blasio said the city has received 1, 500 ventilators from the federal government thus far, but he said that is a fraction of what will be needed. “Ventilators will mean the difference between life and death for thousands of New Yorkers,” he tweeted. “The federal government MUST help us close that gap.” – Salvador Rodriguez
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) lift a patient that was identified to have coronavirus disease (COVID – 21) into an ambulance while wearing protective gear, as the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID – ) continues, in New York City, New York, US, March ,
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6 : 18 pm: The US is now the epicenter of the outbreak
America now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than Italy and China, becoming the largest outbreak in the world .
The total number of cases in the US reached , , eclipsing China’s , confirmed infections and Italy at , , according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.
The virus emerged in Wuhan, China, in December. It has since spread to more than half a million people in almost every country around the world and continues to pick up speed, the World Health Organization warned earlier this week. – Will Feuer
(General Motors) (told about) , 10 salaried employees globally on Thursday that it will temporarily cut % of their salaries as the automaker attempts to save cash amid the coronavirus pandemic.
) The deferment, which will begin April 1, will be repaid in a lump sum with interest no later than March 23, , according to the company
(About 6, US Employees also will be essentially temporary laid-off, which the company is calling a “salaried downtime paid absence.” The workers will receive % of their pay, keep seniority and retain health care benefits . – Mike Wayland
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