A man and a woman wearing face masks walk past advertisements of a shoe store temporarily selling face masks and antibacterial hygiene products in Berlin on March 16, 2020.
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- Global cases: More than 533,416
- Global deaths: At least 24,082
- Top 5 countries: United States (85,991), China (81,782), Italy (80,589), Spain (57,786) and Germany (43,938)
The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of 3:03 p.m. Beijing time.
All times below are in Beijing time.
6:10 pm: Hungary announces two-week lockdown
Hungary has become the latest country to announce a two-week lockdown in response to the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban said via public radio Friday that while citizens must maintain social distancing, they would be able to go to work, shop and take limited exercise outdoors, starting Saturday.
Orban said people can still go outside, but they cannot be in a group. Hungarian police will enforce compliance with the rules and apply fines, if needed. — Silvia Amaro
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – MARCH 25: A worker of the authority responsible for the maintenance of public spaces /FKF/ cleans the underpass during the coronavirus pandemic in Budapest, Hungary on March 25, 2020.
5:50 pm: How to avoid contagion?
Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking the spread of the virus, has unveiled details on how to avoid the contagion. Here’s some of its advice:
- The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy because the foam cuts the fat (that is why you have to rub your hands for 20 seconds or more when washing, to make a lot of foam).
- Heat melts fat; this is why it is good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything.
- Never shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth.
- Dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.
- You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.
- Also, keep your nails short so that the virus does not hide there. — Silvia Amaro
5:37 pm: Iran’s death toll rises to 2,378
The Iranian health ministry has reported that there have been 2,378 deaths from the virus and 32,332 confirmed cases, according to Reuters. — Silvia Amaro
5:30 pm: Italy’s business morale plunged in March
Morale among Italian businesses plunged in March as the coronavirus outbreak dampened economy activity, Reuters reported.
Data by statistics institute ISTAT showed that its composite business morale index — which captures the manufacturing, retail, construction and services sectors — sank to a reading of 81.7 this month from last month’s 97.8. The March reading was the lowest since June 2013, reported Reuters. — Yen Nee Lee
5:15 pm: Pandemic has had ‘substantial’ impact on Swedish companies, survey shows
Some of the largest companies in Sweden said the coronavirus pandemic has had “a substantial effect” on their businesses and the situation has “deteriorated extremely rapidly,” a survey conducted by the country’s central bank showed.
The Riksbank surveyed companies in industries ranging from manufacturing, travel, retail and services. The survey is done three times a year.
The central bank said some manufacturers have had to shut their factories since last week due to movement restrictions and border closures in parts of Europe, while companies in the retail and travel have experienced large declines in demand. — Yen Nee Lee
4:55 pm: Russia reports close to 200 new cases
Russia reported 196 new coronavirus cases, the country’s biggest daily increase so far, according to a report by Reuters.
Total confirmed cases in Russia now stand at 1,036 including four deaths, reported Reuters. — Yen Nee Lee
4:40 pm: The virus outbreak is crushing Bangladesh’s garment export
More than $2.6 billion worth of orders in Bangladesh’s garment sector have been withdrawn and new cancellations are coming up, according to Tipu Munshi, the country’s commerce minister.
Garments are a major source of export for the South Asian country as retail brands abroad source for apparel from Bangladeshi factories. But the coronavirus pandemic has led to many of those brands shutting down their stores, forcing them to cancel orders or delay shipments.
Bangladesh is the world’s second-largest clothing exporter behind China, according to ratings agency Moody’s. — Saheli Roy Choudhury
4:25 pm: India’s central bank cuts rates
The Reserve Bank of India’s Monetary Policy Committee met this week and cut the repo rate — or the rate at which it lends to commercial banks — by 75 basis points from 5.15% to 4.4%. Originally, the central bank was scheduled to meet next week and the interest rate decision was due on April 3.
“After extensive discussions, the MPC…
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