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Weekly Coronavirus Report: What Happened Today

Around the World:

  • China reported no new domestic cases for the first time since the start of the epidemic. There were 34 new confirmed cases, but they were registered as “newly diagnosed imported cases.”

  • The European Central Bank announced a 750 billion euro, or $810 billion, plan to help the economy in the "euro area" — the monetary union of 19 of the 27 European Union member states.

  • Australia and New Zealand announced plans to close their borders to all foreigners.

  • The death toll in Spain, the second-worst affected country in Europe, saw its death toll soar by 209 over a 24-hour period, bringing the country’s total number of deaths to 767 and total confirmed cases to 17,147.

  • Italy overtook China as the country with the most coronavirus-related deaths, registering 3,405 fatalities. China’s total number of deaths stood at 3,242.

  • Connecticut delayed its presidential primary election to June.

  • The Cannes Film Festival, set to be held in May, was postponed until an as-yet-decided time in late June or early July.

  • The U.S. State Department raised the global travel advisory to Level 4: Do Not Travel, warning Americans against traveling internationally and for those abroad to consider returning immediately.

  • California issued a statewide stay-at-home order asking residents to only leave the house if necessary.

  • China exonerated Dr. Li Wenliang, the doctor who was reprimanded for warning about the coronavirus outbreak and later died of the disease.

Sources: The COVID Tracking Project and NBC News


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