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Coronavirus live updates: WHO warns of protective gear shortage as global recession fears mount - MW

Fifteen Italian citizens tested positively in India
In India, fifteen Italian citizens tested coronavirus positive, Indian state and private media said Wednesday, citing unidentified sources. Reuters reported on Monday, an Italian citizen tested positive in the state of Rajasthan, according to a health official.

In Australia, Queensland health director Jeanette Young said anyone who has been in Iran since February 19 must be quarantined at home for 14 days.

The state has confirmed the 11th case of coronavirus infection, a man visiting Iran is currently isolated at Princess Alexandra hospital. Authorities began to locate passengers seated near him on the plane.

So far, Nine Nine's contact has been identified and this work continues. The contacts we really need to focus on are the ones on the plane now, two rows in front, behind and to the sides of him, said Young. Authorities will soon make the flight number public, she added.

In brief
Here are the key developments of today:
  • WHO warns that protective equipment has weakened rapidly, amid panic buying and market manipulation.
  • South Korea reported 516 new Covid-19 cases, a day after President Moon Jae-in declared a war on illness.
  • China mainland confirmed 119 new cases. There were 38 new deaths due to the virus on March 3. China's service sector collapsed in February to its lowest level since the global financial crisis.
  • There are currently 41 cases of viral infections in Australia, including a health care worker at an elderly care home in Sydney. The Australian government has extended quarantine requirements for people recently from Iran.
  • A second case of coronavirus has been confirmed in New Zealand, with an infected woman who recently arrived in the country from Italy.
  • Japan total number of cases has reached 1,000, with a new case being confirmed today.
  • US Vice President Mike Pence announced new screening measures, including all tourists to the United States on direct flights from South Korea and Italy, as Washington residents expressed disappointment in Test obstacles.

In the latest episode of Today in Focus: Vladimir Johnson's battle plan to cope with a major coronavirus epidemic. The plan foresaw that the country would be close to war, with schools closed, public rallies canceled and up to a fifth of the workforce on sick leave.

Sarah Boseley, the Guardian's chief health editor, says that while these measures may never be necessary, the plan shows how serious the government is in tackling this crisis. But there is also a perception that the virus will be extremely difficult to control and the best hope may be to delay the worst effects until the vaccine is made.

A Guardian report from Hallie Golden said that an Amazon employee in Seattle was positive for the coronavirus, according to an internal message sent Tuesday afternoon.

The employee returned home after feeling sick on February 25 and has since left the office of the main technology company, according to a message from Amazon Human Resources, which was sent to most Amazon employees in the area and protected by the Guardian. Employees are currently isolated.

All other employees in close contact with the person were informed, according to the message.

Justin McCurry
Japan will cancel a commemorative week next week for the March 3, 2011 disaster on its northeast coast, as part of a government effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The national ceremony is slated to take place in Tokyo on March 11, exactly nine years after a strong earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people and caused a trio crisis at home. Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

In morale-boosting news from Iran, healthcare workers are posting videos of themselves dancing in their protective gear.

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In Australia, a 26-year-old man from Logan is isolated at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane after being tested positive for Covid-19. This is the 11 confirmed case of confirmed coronavirus in Queensland.

The Queensland Department of Health said the man had recently returned from Iran and was in stable condition. Authorities are also awaiting test results from a roommate of a 20-year-old man who tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday. The man and his roommate were isolated at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and the Women's Hospital.

The 63-year-old beauty returned from Iran earlier this week and was still isolated at Gold Coast University Hospital in stable condition. Eight other patients recovered. Queensland Health has been calling the help of anyone overseas for the past 14 days and does not feel good to see a doctor immediately. People should call their family doctor or local hospital to prepare for a possible coronavirus.

Helen Davidson
In Hong Kong, a monk from a worship hall linked to 16 of the region’s 100 confirmed cases has tested positive in a preliminary screening, South China Morning Post is reporting.

The 43-year-old man is being treated in hospital, and is awaiting a second test to confirm the diagnosis.

Hong Kong health authorities have previously said that 16 people diagnosed with Covid-19 had visited the hall, or were related to someone who had visited it.

In the morning in southern China, a third doctor from Wuhan Central Hospital died of Covid-19. Mei Zhongming, 57, is an ophthalmologist. Wuhan Central Hospital is the same location where Dr. Li Wenliang works. It is located near the market where the virus is detected. Li died of Covid-19 in February.

Eleanor Ainge Roy
The New Zealand government has said it will find funding more difficult for companies affected by the coronavirus, as many people have cut their incomes, including those working in tourism, seafood and fishing. wood.

Today, New Zealand has confirmed the second case of coronavirus, in a woman in her thirties, who has just returned from northern Italy. Her partner is also being tested because he has symptoms of the virus.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that despite the involvement of two local schools, it should be warned because of the last case, the rate of transmission is low among young people.

We then prepare for all the different scenarios, according to Mr. Ardern, concerning the management of the coronavirus epidemic in schools.

Ardern stressed that the economy is still in good health, despite the difficulties of the university sector and the various export industries.

No travel ban has yet been announced, but Ardern said arrivals from affected areas are decreasing every day as airlines adopt their own measures. New Zealand requires travelers from northern Italy and South Korea to quarantine themselves.

New Zealand's travel limit is one of the toughest in the world, said Ardern. There are no plans to ban or restrict travelers from Australia, where the disease is more prevalent.

Governments around the world are ordering or planning to close schools to slow the spread of the coronavirus. French authorities have closed around 120 schools in the areas that reported the highest number of infections, the country's education minister said on Tuesday.

In some countries, parents have children at home for more than a month. Some have taken vacations or sent the children abroad to parents.

Most Hong Kong students never go back to school after the Lunar New Year holidays after the government announces it and extended its closings until April 20.

So how do parents do it? Reports from Helen Davidson, Lily Kuo and Justin McCurry.

In more toilet paper-related coronavirus news out of Australia, the social enterprise Who Gives a Crap, which delivers toilet paper made out of 100% recycled materials and donates 50% of its profits to build toilets in the developing world, has sold out of toilet paper.

“With all the panic buying madness, we’ve sold out and are working as hard as possible to restock,” said the company on their website.

They asked customers to consider “how we can all do our bit to encourage kindness, empathy and calm” in these “crazy times”.

The news comes as Australia’s supermarkets have reported selling out of toilet paper as people stock up in anticipation of being stuck in home quarantine due to the coronavirus. Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has begun rationing the sale of toilet paper to four packets per customer. #toiletpapercrisis has been trending on Australian social media all Wednesday.

Staff block off the aisle as they frantically replenish toilet paper supplies at Coles Hornsby last night. 📸: Russell Neale

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