Thursday, 19 March 2020 09:04


Italy,the country most affected by the coronavirus outside China, reported a further 475 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Nearly 220,000 people have now been confirmed with the coronavirus globally, and while at least 84,000 people have recovered from COVID-19, more than 8,800 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the US.

In China, where the outbreak first began, the hardest hit province of Wuhan, and the surrounding province of Hubei reported no new cases on Wednesday.


Here are all the updates:


India's PM to address nation:

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a national address on the coronavirus at 8pm (14:30 GMT), he announced on his official Twitter account. 


World Bank increases virus response package to $14bn:

The World Bank has increased its support package for businesses and economies struggling with the impact of the coronavirus.


WHO responds on ibuprofen concerns:

The WHO has said it is discussing concerns about the use of ibuprofen to treat fever in patients with COVID-19 and is not aware of any negative effects.

It is not recommending against its use.

Wuhan and Hubei report no new cases of coronavirus for first time:

China's central city of Wuhan and its surrounding province of Hubei have reported no new cases of coronavirus for the first time.

COVID-19 is thought to have originated in a now-closed seafood market that also sold wildlife late last year.

Hong Kong introduces compulsory quarantine for all overseas arrivals:

Hong Kong has tightened rules for people arriving from overseas.

The territory's reported a rising number of imported cases and all arrivals will now be required to spend 14 days in quarantine on their arrival in Hong Kong.

The authorities are also urging the city's residents not to travel.