(Reuters) - Coronavirus cases across the globe jumped on Thursday as Japan planned to set up a special virus task force and New Zealand went under lockdown. The U.S. Senate unanimously backed a $2 trillion bill aimed at helping unemployed workers and industries hurt by the epidemic.
Medical officials wearing protective gear test a man at a drive-through coronavirus testing site following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, March 26, 2020.
REUTERS/Chalinee ThirasupaDEATHS, INFECTIONS - More than 470,800 people have been infected across the world and over 21,200 have died, according to a Reuters tally. - For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser. EUROPE - Summer is unlikely to stop the spread of the virus, and every country in Europe is forecast to run out of intensive care beds by mid-April unless it acts fast.
- European Union states need 10 times as much personal protective equipment and other medical devices than traditional supply chains can provide, an internal EU document showed on Wednesday. - Italy has seen more fatalities than any other country, with latest figures showing that 7,503 people have died from the infection in barely a month.
- A person who lives in the same Vatican residence as Pope Francis has tested positive for coronavirus. - Spain’s coronavirus death toll jumped by 738 overnight to 3,434 fatalities and exceeded that of China. - French health authorities reported 231 new deaths from coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the total to 1,331.
- The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has risen to 463 as of Wednesday, while the total number of cases in the UK have risen to 9,529. AMERICAS - New York, experiencing more coronavirus deaths and infections than any other U.S. state, is showing tentative signs of slowing the spread of the virus.
- New Orleans is on track to become the next coronavirus epicenter in the United States. - Defense Secretary Mark Esper has issued a stop movement order to the U.S. military halting all travel and movement abroad for up to 60 days. - Canada has almost doubled the value of an aid package to C$52 billion to help people and businesses.
- Many of Brazil’s 850,000 indigenous people are urging officials to expel from their lands outsiders who could introduce the disease. - Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro faced a political backlash for calling the coronavirus lockdown a crime. - Mexico temporarily halted the processing of asylum requests from Tuesday, as its cases climbed to 405.
- Venezuela has opened talks with China over possible financial support to cope with a sharp drop in oil prices and the arrival of the novel coronavirus. ASIA AND THE PACIFIC- Japan is to set up a coronavirus taskforce, the government said, as it warned of a high risk the wide spread of the virus. - Mainland China reported a second consecutive day of no new local coronavirus cases as the country’s.