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America ramped up its response to the coronavirus pandemic as more new Covid-19 infections were reported outside China for the first time.


The Federal Reserve took sweeping action to stem the US economic fallout of the worldwide outbreak that has sickened more than 168,000 people and left more than 6,500 dead.


The death toll in the United States was 68 and more than 3,500 have been infected.


Meanwhile, mainland China reported 16 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections Sunday, the National Health Commission said on Monday, down from 20 a day earlier. Twelve of those cases were imported and there were 12 deaths, bringing the death toll to 3,213.


That brings the total number of confirmed cases in China to 80,860, while Hong Kong had 148 and Macau had 10.


The number of Covid-19 cases outside China was more than 86,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.


The World Health Organisation said Europe has become new epicentre of the pandemic. With 368 deaths, Italys grim figure was higher than any single-day toll reported in China.


China has touted the effectiveness of quarantining Wuhan and Hubei province since late January, along with measures to prevent large gatherings and limit travel across the country.


As the United States moved nearer to shutdown, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention issued new nationwide guidance. It recommended that organisers cancel or postpone any in-person events gathering 50 people or more with the exception of day-to-day activities in education or business for at least the next eight weeks.


Here are the latest developments:

Malaysia announces national lockdown. Following two sudden spikes in coronavirus cases, the Malaysian government on Monday announced the country would be entering a national lockdown.

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In a live address on Monday evening, Muhyiddin said the government would implement the Movement Control Order from March 18 until March 31.


Muhyiddins announcement comes after coronavirus fears in Malaysia hit new heights with the number of cases climbing to 553, the highest in Southeast Asia.


The country reported 125 new cases on Monday 95 of which are linked to a mass Islamic religious meeting held last month, according to the Health Ministry following a 190-case jump over the weekend.


Philippines imposes home quarantine on entire Luzon island

The Philippines imposed strict home quarantine measures and a halt on work and transport across its main island of Luzon on Monday, putting half the countrys population on lockdown in an aggressive bid to quell rising cases of coronavirus.


The government would with immediate effect compel people to remain in their homes and reliant on deliveries of food and medical supplies, while transport and work would be suspended except for essential services, Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said.


The presidents ultimate goal is to save ourselves from ourselves, Panelo said in a television interview.


The measures, if implemented fully, would be among the strictest in place in Asia, as the country grapples to contain an outbreak that has seen confirmed cases rise to 140 from only three cases 10 days ago with 12 deaths.


We are the soldiers but we are also the enemy, Panelo said in another interview. We are enemies with ourselves. We are the carriers of the virus.

Singapore records 17 new cases, another daily high


Singapore has confirmed 17 more cases of the coronavirus, its Ministry of Health said on Monday, marking the city states biggest daily jump. Singapore has reported a total 243 infections to date. Eleven of Mondays cases were imported.


The ministry also said 109 cases have recovered and been discharged from hospital.


Of the 234 people who are in hospital, most are in a stable condition or improving, the ministry said. There are 13 people in critical condition in intensive care.


Taiwan tightens travel restrictions

Taiwan will ban its nationals from travelling to 44 countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and North Africa from Tuesday as it confirmed a surge of imported coronavirus infections in the past two days.


Taiwans Health Minister Chen Shih-chung on Monday said the islands Central Epidemic Command Centre will publish the names of the violators and make them pay their own medical expense if they contract the virus after they return from their holiday visits and are quarantined at isolation facilities in Taiwan.


Also, from Tuesday, foreign nationals permitted to visit Taiwan will not be required to pay their own medical expense if they are infected, Chen noted.

Taiwan has already barred its people from visiting China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, part of the US and Japan as well as 26 Schengen Europe countries and the UK for fun. Visitors from those countries are also barred except for special business or other occasions.


After confirming six imported cases, Taiwan on Monday announced eight more new infections, all brought back by its nationals from overseas pleasure trips.


The new wave of infections mostly comes from our people who have visited other countries with the coronavirus outbreak, Chen said, adding this prompted to temporarily ban Taiwanese from making holiday visits in countries listed as unfit for visit.


Currently, Taiwan has issues travel warning on at least 76 countries and areas, asking its people not to visit unless highly essential.


Member of Iranian clerical assembly dies from virus

Ayatollah Hashem Bathaei, a 78-year-old member of the Iranian clerical body that chooses the countrys supreme leader has died from the illness caused by the new coronavirus, news agencies reported Monday. He was the latest of several senior Iranian officials to have been infected in the worsening outbreak.


Iranian state TV says the new coronavirus has killed another 129 people, pushing the countrys death toll to 853 amid 14,991 confirmed cases. Iran is struggling to contain the worst outbreak in the Middle East. Monday saw the biggest one-day rise in the death toll since the epidemic began.


Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is 80 years old and has been in power since 1989, wore disposable gloves at a recent public event, apparently as a precaution.


Emergency announced in parts of Australia

The state of Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) announced a state of emergency to deal with the outbreak.


Victoria, the countrys second-most populated state with Melbourne as its capital, and the territory surrounding the countrys capital Canberra announced the measure after two more elderly people died.


The state of emergency in Victoria will last at least four weeks. It means authorised officers can quarantine places and people, detain them, restrict movement and prevent entry to premises to protect the public.


Australia has more than 300 confirmed cases, with five deaths, including the two reported overnight.


The Australian federal government on Sunday announced that all people travelling to the country must abide by a compulsory 14-day self-isolation at home or in their hotel.


South Koreas downward trend

South Korea reported 74 new coronavirus infections on Monday, slightly lower than a day ago, according to the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The new cases bring the countrys total to 8,236.


The KCDC also reported that 303 more patients had fully recovered and had been released from care. A total of 1,137 people have recovered and been released so far.


South Korea has been experiencing a downward trend

in new cases and the latest numbers are significantly lower than the peak of 909 cases reported on February 29 and slightly down from the 76 recorded on Sunday.


Feds drastic emergency measures

The US Federal Reserve announced that it cut interest rates to near zero in an effort to blunt the coronavirus pandemics impact on the economy.


The rate on short-term funds were lowered by a full percentage point to zero to 0.25 per cent, according to the de facto central bank.


To support the smooth functioning of markets, the Fed will also increase its holdings of Treasury securities by at least US$500 billion and its holdings of agency mortgage-backed securities by at least US$200 billion, an operation known as quantitative easing.


Those purchases will take place over coming months, the Fed said.

I have to say this, Im very happy and they did it in one step, they didnt do it in four steps over a long period of time, they did it in one step, US President Donald Trump said about the Feds move.


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Americans Told To Hunker Down As Global Cases Surpass China

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America ramped up its response to the coronavirus pandemic as more new Covid-19 infections were reported outside China for the first time.


The Federal Reserve took sweeping action to stem the US economic fallout of the worldwide outbreak that has sickened more than 168,000 people and left more than 6,500 dead.


The death toll in the United States was 68 and more than 3,500 have been infected.


Meanwhile, mainland China reported 16 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections Sunday, the National Health Commission said on Monday, down from 20 a day earlier. Twelve of those cases were imported and there were 12 deaths, bringing the death toll to 3,213.


That brings the total number of confirmed cases in China to 80,860, while Hong Kong had 148 and Macau had 10.


The number of Covid-19 cases outside China was more than 86,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.


The World Health Organisation said Europe has become new epicentre of the pandemic. With 368 deaths, Italys grim figure was higher than any single-day toll reported in China.


China has touted the effectiveness of quarantining Wuhan and Hubei province since late January, along with measures to prevent large gatherings and limit travel across the country.


As the United States moved nearer to shutdown, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention issued new nationwide guidance. It recommended that organisers cancel or postpone any in-person events gathering 50 people or more with the exception of day-to-day activities in education or business for at least the next eight weeks.


Here are the latest developments:

Malaysia announces national lockdown. Following two sudden spikes in coronavirus cases, the Malaysian government on Monday announced the country would be entering a national lockdown.

.

In a live address on Monday evening, Muhyiddin said the government would implement the Movement Control Order from March 18 until March 31.


Muhyiddins announcement comes after coronavirus fears in Malaysia hit new heights with the number of cases climbing to 553, the highest in Southeast Asia.


The country reported 125 new cases on Monday 95 of which are linked to a mass Islamic religious meeting held last month, according to the Health Ministry following a 190-case jump over the weekend.


Philippines imposes home quarantine on entire Luzon island

The Philippines imposed strict home quarantine measures and a halt on work and transport across its main island of Luzon on Monday, putting half the countrys population on lockdown in an aggressive bid to quell rising cases of coronavirus.


The government would with immediate effect compel people to remain in their homes and reliant on deliveries of food and medical supplies, while transport and work would be suspended except for essential services, Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said.


The presidents ultimate goal is to save ourselves from ourselves, Panelo said in a television interview.


The measures, if implemented fully, would be among the strictest in place in Asia, as the country grapples to contain an outbreak that has seen confirmed cases rise to 140 from only three cases 10 days ago with 12 deaths.


We are the soldiers but we are also the enemy, Panelo said in another interview. We are enemies with ourselves. We are the carriers of the virus.

Singapore records 17 new cases, another daily high


Singapore has confirmed 17 more cases of the coronavirus, its Ministry of Health said on Monday, marking the city states biggest daily jump. Singapore has reported a total 243 infections to date. Eleven of Mondays cases were imported.


The ministry also said 109 cases have recovered and been discharged from hospital.


Of the 234 people who are in hospital, most are in a stable condition or improving, the ministry said. There are 13 people in critical condition in intensive care.


Taiwan tightens travel restrictions

Taiwan will ban its nationals from travelling to 44 countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and North Africa from Tuesday as it confirmed a surge of imported coronavirus infections in the past two days.


Taiwans Health Minister Chen Shih-chung on Monday said the islands Central Epidemic Command Centre will publish the names of the violators and make them pay their own medical expense if they contract the virus after they return from their holiday visits and are quarantined at isolation facilities in Taiwan.


Also, from Tuesday, foreign nationals permitted to visit Taiwan will not be required to pay their own medical expense if they are infected, Chen noted.

Taiwan has already barred its people from visiting China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, part of the US and Japan as well as 26 Schengen Europe countries and the UK for fun. Visitors from those countries are also barred except for special business or other occasions.


After confirming six imported cases, Taiwan on Monday announced eight more new infections, all brought back by its nationals from overseas pleasure trips.


The new wave of infections mostly comes from our people who have visited other countries with the coronavirus outbreak, Chen said, adding this prompted to temporarily ban Taiwanese from making holiday visits in countries listed as unfit for visit.


Currently, Taiwan has issues travel warning on at least 76 countries and areas, asking its people not to visit unless highly essential.


Member of Iranian clerical assembly dies from virus

Ayatollah Hashem Bathaei, a 78-year-old member of the Iranian clerical body that chooses the countrys supreme leader has died from the illness caused by the new coronavirus, news agencies reported Monday. He was the latest of several senior Iranian officials to have been infected in the worsening outbreak.


Iranian state TV says the new coronavirus has killed another 129 people, pushing the countrys death toll to 853 amid 14,991 confirmed cases. Iran is struggling to contain the worst outbreak in the Middle East. Monday saw the biggest one-day rise in the death toll since the epidemic began.


Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is 80 years old and has been in power since 1989, wore disposable gloves at a recent public event, apparently as a precaution.


Emergency announced in parts of Australia

The state of Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) announced a state of emergency to deal with the outbreak.


Victoria, the countrys second-most populated state with Melbourne as its capital, and the territory surrounding the countrys capital Canberra announced the measure after two more elderly people died.


The state of emergency in Victoria will last at least four weeks. It means authorised officers can quarantine places and people, detain them, restrict movement and prevent entry to premises to protect the public.


Australia has more than 300 confirmed cases, with five deaths, including the two reported overnight.


The Australian federal government on Sunday announced that all people travelling to the country must abide by a compulsory 14-day self-isolation at home or in their hotel.


South Koreas downward trend

South Korea reported 74 new coronavirus infections on Monday, slightly lower than a day ago, according to the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The new cases bring the countrys total to 8,236.


The KCDC also reported that 303 more patients had fully recovered and had been released from care. A total of 1,137 people have recovered and been released so far.


South Korea has been experiencing a downward trend

in new cases and the latest numbers are significantly lower than the peak of 909 cases reported on February 29 and slightly down from the 76 recorded on Sunday.


Feds drastic emergency measures

The US Federal Reserve announced that it cut interest rates to near zero in an effort to blunt the coronavirus pandemics impact on the economy.


The rate on short-term funds were lowered by a full percentage point to zero to 0.25 per cent, according to the de facto central bank.


To support the smooth functioning of markets, the Fed will also increase its holdings of Treasury securities by at least US$500 billion and its holdings of agency mortgage-backed securities by at least US$200 billion, an operation known as quantitative easing.


Those purchases will take place over coming months, the Fed said.

I have to say this, Im very happy and they did it in one step, they didnt do it in four steps over a long period of time, they did it in one step, US President Donald Trump said about the Feds move.


Source:scmp



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