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Coronavirus: News and live updates by Dylan Stableford

Coronavirus: News and live updates by Dylan Stableford

March 24
15:50 2020

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  • Dylan Stableford

    Olympics officially postponed

    Here’s the joint statement from the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organizers:

    The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
    They were joined by Mori Yoshiro, the President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee; the Olympic Minister, Hashimoto Seiko; the Governor of Tokyo, Koike Yuriko; the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, John Coates; IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper; and the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi.
    President Bach and Prime Minister Abe expressed their shared concern about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and what it is doing to people’s lives and the significant impact it is having on global athletes’ preparations for the Games.
    In a very friendly and constructive meeting, the two leaders praised the work of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and noted the great progress being made in Japan to fight against COVID-19.
    The unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the outbreak has seen the situation in the rest of the world deteriorating. Yesterday, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the COVID-19 pandemic is “accelerating”. There are more than 375,000 cases now recorded worldwide and in nearly every country, and their number is growing by the hour.
    In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.
    The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

  • Dylan Stableford

    BREAKING: Japanese prime minister proposes postponing Olympics

  • Will Taylor

    WHO: U.S. has ‘potential’ of becoming coronavirus epicenter

    The World Health Organization said on Tuesday it was seeing a “very large acceleration” in coronavirus infections in the United States, which had the potential of becoming the new epicenter of the virus.

    Over the past 24 hours, 85 percent of new cases were from Europe and the United States, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters. Of those, 40 percent were from the United States.

    Asked whether the United States could become the new epicenter, Harris said: “We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the U.S. So it does have that potential.” Read more.

  • Will Taylor

    U.K. could have ‘worst recession in modern history’

    The U.K/ economy has suffered a sharper slowdown than in 2008 as the coronavirus “flung businesses into the abyss,” with experts warning it could trigger the worst recession in modern history.

    A closely-watched survey shows U.K. business activity has nosedived at a faster rate even than at the height of the financial crisis more than a decade ago. The slowdown between February and March marks the sharpest monthly decline on the flash composite U.K. purchasing managers’ index (PMI) since it began in 1998. Read more.

  • Will Taylor

    Mnuchin says Senate is ‘very close’ to deal on $2 trillion coronavirus aid package

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin voiced confidence late Monday for a deal to be reached soon on a far-reaching coronavirus economic stimulus package that had been stalled in the U.S. Senate

    Negotiators made great progress on the bipartisan, $2 trillion stimulus measure on Monday, but without striking a final pact as they had hoped, Mnuchin told reporters.

    “There are still a couple of open issues,” Mnuchin said just before midnight. “I think we are very hopeful that this can be closed out tomorrow.” Read more.

  • Will Taylor

    Germany ‘flattens the curve’ as Italy deaths rise to more than 6,000

    Germany’s coronavirus infection curve is likely now flattened, according to the country’s public health chief, as cases across elsewhere in Europe and the United States continue to surge.

    “We are seeing signs that the exponential growth curve is flattening off slightly,” Lothar Wieler, head of the country’s health institute, said Tuesday. “But I will only be able to confirm this trend definitively on Wednesday.” Read more.

  • Amir Ali

    Thailand declares one-month emergency

    Thailand has announced a one-month national emergency to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said at a news conference on Tuesday. Read more.

  • Amir Ali

    Singapore scientists study genes to fast-track coronavirus vaccine

    Scientists at Singapore’s Duke-NUS Medical School have developed a way to track genetic changes that speeds testing of vaccines against the coronavirus. Read more.

  • Amir Ali

    Coronavirus in the U.K.: The latest numbers

  • Amir Ali

    China to lift lockdown in most of virus-hit Hubei province

    The Chinese authorities are lifting a lockdown in Hubei province, one of the areas most impacted by the coronavirus. People who are cleared will be able to leave the province after midnight Tuesday. Read more.

  • Amir Ali

    IOC urged to make quick Olympic decision on postponement

    The International Olympic Committee is under pressure to speed up its decision about postponing the Tokyo Games as athletes criticized the 4-week deadline and joined calls to delay the competition. Read more.

  • Esther Au Yong

    Italy sees second consecutive drop in virus deaths

    Italy reported a second successive drop in daily deaths and infections — its daily fatalities come down from a world record 793 on Saturday to 651 on Sunday and 601 on Monday. Read more.

  • Amir Ali

    Where to park all of the grounded planes?

    As airlines idle thousands of aircraft for which there are no passengers, they are hitting an unprecedented problem: Finding a place to park them. Read more.

  • Amir Ali

    ‘Where’s Fauci?’ Americans wonder as doctor absent from White House briefing

    For many anxious Americans tuning in from the confinement of their homes, Dr. Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease expert and member of President Trump’s coronavirus task force, is a a voice of reason in a time of deep uncertainty. So when he wasn’t one present at Monday’s White House briefing, many viewers wondered: “Where’s Fauci?

  • Amir Ali

    Thailand reports 106 new coronavirus cases and three deaths

    The country now has 827 cases and 4 fatalities since the outbreak began. Read more.

  • Louise Cheer

    Beijing ramps up coronavirus measures for overseas arrivals

    The city’s government is further strengthening quarantine rules for individuals who arrive in China from overseas, Beijing Daily reported. The paper, the official publication of the city’s Communist Party organization, said all people entering the Chinese capital will be subject to centralized quarantine and testing for the coronavirus. The report also said those who entered the city and have traveled from overseas to China in the past 14 days would also be subjected to quarantine and testing for the virus, which has killed nearly 3,300 and infected nearly 82,000 in mainland China. Read more.

  • Louise Cheer

    Amazon suspends almost 4,000 sellers over ‘price gouging’

    Amazon revealed it had suspended more 3,900 selling accounts in its U.S. store alone for violating its fair pricing policies. The e-commerce giant said it had also removed more than 500,000 listings “due to coronavirus-based price gouging.”

    “Amazon strictly prohibits sellers from exploiting an emergency by charging excessively high prices on products and shipping,” the company said on its online blog. “We began taking these enforcement actions promptly upon discovering this kind of misconduct, and we’ve been partnering directly with law enforcement agencies to combat price gougers and hold them accountable.”

  • Louise Cheer

    U.S. Olympic Committee urges IOC to postpone Tokyo Games

    From Yahoo Sports: The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee is joining the chorus of voices calling for the postponement of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, something reported to already be in the works. USOPC chair Susanne Lyons and CEO Sarah Hirshland released a statement on Monday saying that after surveying many of their athletes, they are recommending the International Olympic Committee postpones the Tokyo Games. Read more.

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