More than 510,000 people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. Over 120,000 have recovered, while more than 22,000 people have died.
The number of coronavirus cases in Europe topped 250,000, more than half of which are in hard-hit Italy and Spain.
Spain registered 655 fatalities from coronavirus – down from more than 700 on Wednesday, while Italy reported another 712 deaths.
More than three million Americans filed new claims for unemployment insurance last week amid the pandemic, breaking the previous record as the first wave of layoffs battered the US economy.
Here are the latest updates:
Thursday, March 26
20:41 GMT – G20 pledges $5 trillion to defend global economy against COVID-19
Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies pledged on Thursday to inject $5 trillion in fiscal spending into the global economy to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus and “do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic”.
Showing more unity than at any time since the 2008-2009 financial crisis that led to the G20’s creation, the leaders said they committed during a video conference summit to implement and fund all necessary health measures needed to stop the virus’s spread.
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Coronavirus triggers panic-buying of guns in US
20:27 GMT – Control pandemic first, then open economy, Fed chairman says
The United States “may well be in recession”, but progress in controlling the spread of the coronavirus will determine when the economy can fully reopen, US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said in a rare network television interview on NBC’s Today Show.
Powell spoke just about an hour before federal data showed a record-breaking spike of unemployment claims to 3.28 million, evidence that “social distancing” to fight the pandemic has taken hold, and may have ended the country’s more than decade-long economic expansion.
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20:19 GMT – Fox News slammed for talking hair, nails during pandemic
A Fox News host sparked a firestorm of outrage Thursday by voicing concern over how women are going to get their hair and nails done during the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is not a priority, but women have to get their hair done,” Ainsley Earhardt told viewers of US President Donald Trump’s favorite conservative-leaning morning talk show, “Fox and Friends”.
Earhardt said she was talking about trivial everyday worries rather than the life-or-death issues which are of much larger importance.
Social media users described her complaint about the lockdowns and social distancing as “vapid” and “vain.”
20:13 GMT – HRW slams ‘reckless’ Mexican leader over COVID-19
Human Rights Watch accused Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of setting a “dangerous example” amid the coronavirus pandemic by failing to respect social distancing.
Lopez Obrador had initially maintained his routine of public appearances and contact with supporters despite health authorities calling on Mexicans to take more precautions.
“President Lopez Obrador’s behavior in the face of the COVID-19 crisis is a profoundly dangerous example that threatens Mexicans’ health,” said Jose Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch.
Late in February, after Mexico’s first case had been confirmed the president “blatantly misinformed the Mexican public, saying: ‘According to the information available, it is not terrible or fatal. It is not even as bad as the flu,'” HRW said.
Coronavirus in Mexico: President blamed for slow reaction to outbreak
19:52 GMT – As world struggles to stop deaths, far right celebrates COVID-19
A leader of the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM), a neo-Nazi movement based in northern Europe, said that he welcomed the pandemic as a necessary step to help create the world that his group wants to see.
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19:26 GMT – Italy rejects EU’s draft on economic coronavirus response
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he rejected draft proposals prepared by sherpas at a summit of European Union leaders intended to tackle the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement released by his office while the video conference between the leaders was still ongoing, Conte said the proposals were too timid and he gave the EU 10 days to come up with adequate solutions.
In a speech to the Italian Senate before the summit, Conte called for the launch of European “recovery bonds” aimed at financing “a courageous economic response” to the outbreak that has spread across the world.
19:22 GMT – Costa Rica confirms 30 new coronavirus cases, 231 total
Costa Rica’s Health Minister Daniel Salas said that there are 30 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the Central American nation, bringing the total number or cases to 231.
19:08 GMT – Italy’s latest coronavirus deaths data omits 50 from Piedmont
Italy’s northern Piedmont region said that 50 people had died there from coronavirus in the last 24 hours,…
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