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Coronavirus live updates: Cases globally surpass 660,000


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  • Global cases: More than 664,695
  • Global deaths: At least 30,847
  • Top 5 countries: United States (124,377), Italy (92,472), China (82,057), Spain (73,235) and Germany (57,695)

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of 11:45 a.m. Beijing time

All times below are in Beijing time.

3:18 pm: Germany cases rise to 52,547; deaths reach 389

Coronavirus cases in Germany climbed by 3,965 to 52,547 on Sunday, and deaths increased by 64 to 389, the country’s Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases revealed.

2:34 pm: Tokyo records record daily case increase

Toyko confirmed 68 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, local broadcaster NHK reported, a record daily jump for the Japanese capital. Japan now has more than 1,700 cases and 55 deaths, excluding those on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship that sat off its coast through the month of February. 

1:08 pm: Singapore confirms third death related to COVID-19

Singapore’s health ministry said a 70-year-old patient has died on Sunday afternoon from complications related to the coronavirus. The country has recorded three deaths since the outbreak. 

The man, a Singapore citizen, had a history of hypertension and hyperlidaemia, the ministry said in a statement. He was admitted to hospital on Feb. 29 and confirmed to have the virus on March 2, said the ministry, adding that he had been in the intensive care unit since then.

As of noon on Saturday, Singapore has reported 802 cases, according to the health ministry. — Yen Nee Lee

12:48 pm: Thailand reports 143 new cases to a total of 1,388

Thailand reported 143 new coronavirus cases and one additional death related to the disease, reported Reuters. 

That brings the country’s tally to 1,388 cases and seven deaths, said the report. Thailand has the second highest number of confirmed cases in Southeast Asia behind Malaysia. — Yen Nee Lee 

12:11 pm: Cases globally surpass 660,000

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 has surpassed 660,000 globally, data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University showed. 

The U.S. remained the country with the highest number of cases at 124,377, according to the data. That’s followed by Italy and China at 92,472 and 82,057, respectively, said the university. 

The number of deaths related to COVID-19 reached 30,847 globally, with fatalities in Italy crossing 10,000, according to the data. — Yen Nee Lee

11:42 am: Australia says social distancing has helped to slow virus spread 

The rate of daily increase in new coronavirus cases has halved in recent days in Australia, Reuters reported, citing the country’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison. 

The daily increase in cases in recent days was around 13% to 15%, down from last week’s 25% to 30%, said Morrison, adding that social distancing measures were working, according to the Reuters report. 

Australia reported 431 new confirmed cases, bringing total infections in the country to 3,809 with 14 deaths, according to its health ministry. 

Morrison also announced an additional 1.1 billion Australian dollars ($678.2 million) in funding to expand telemedicine, mental health support and other health services to battle “the devastating impacts of coronavirus.” — Yen Nee Lee

10:45 am: New York Knicks owner Jim Dolan tested positive for COVID-19

Jim Dolan, the owner of NBA team New York Knicks, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the basketball team said in a Twitter post. 

Dolan, the executive chairman and chief executive of Madison Square Garden Company, has been in self-isolation and is experiencing “little to no symptoms,” the post said. He continues to oversee business operations, it added. — Yen Nee Lee

10:26 am: Mexico asks residents to stay at home for one month

Mexico’s deputy health minister, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, has urged all residents to stay at home for a month to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, reported Reuters. 

He added that the measure could be extended if needed, the report said. 

Mexico has reported 848 confirmed cases as of Saturday, including 16 deaths, according to the report. — Yen Nee Lee

10:04 am: New Zealand records first death related to the virus

New Zealand recorded its first death related to the coronavirus, reported Reuters, citing the country’s Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.

The woman who died was in her 70s and was initially diagnosed with influenza, said the Reuters report. 

New Zealand reported 63 new cases of the coronavirus disease in the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 514, according to the country’s Ministry of Health. — Yen Nee Lee

9:42 am: US CDC issues domestic travel advisory for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut 

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