The unknown type of viral pneumonia, currently labelled 2019-nCoV or Novel Coronavirus, was first reported in Wuhan in late December and has since spread to 122 countries.
The World Health Organisation has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. By 13 March, the total number of confirmed infections worldwide had surpassed 140,000, with a death toll of more than 5,000. More than 69,000 patients have recovered from the disease.
Like many other countries affected by the new coronavirus pandemic, Australia has been experiencing a shortage of hand sanitizers.
Bipartisan talks have stalled in the Senate over an emergency economic package to rescue businesses and workers from the fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic – likely to be the largest in US history. Democrats pressed pause on the negotiations accusing Donald Trump of pandering to corporations and not caring enough about workers and families.
US Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) are on the defensive following reports they illegally sold off stocks following a COVID-19 novel coronavirus briefing in January, profiting off a pandemic while their constituents face economic uncertainties and lagging leadership.
A Virginia police force has launched a probe regarding reports that local teens have been recording themselves contaminating produce at grocery stores so that they can then upload the content to social media for internet clout.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The fact Wuhan has not recorded any new cases of COVID-19 for the first time since the outbreak began gives hope to the rest of the world, World Health Organisation (WHO) Chief Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus said Friday.
The coronavirus outbreak has not only led to empty shelves in US grocery stores but has also boosted gun and ammo sales across the country. American observers have given explanations about the possible roots of the trend and its potential consequences.
Several media outlets previously claimed that the Russian capital was on lockdown or would be closed soon amid coronavirus fears, but the reports were later debunked.
According to NHS data, some 3,269 cases of COVID-19 have been registered in the UK with the death toll rising to 144 people on 19 March. The epidemic in the country has already led the government to recommend citizens stay in their homes and take financial measures to support local businesses.
On Thursday, the Russian authorities issued a resolution stipulating that all travellers arriving in Russia will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
KHANTY-MANSIYSK, Russia (Sputnik) - The annual international IT forum of BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) countries will not be taking place this year due to COVID-19 concerns, the department of information technologies of Russia's Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Area (Ugra) said on Friday.
The number of patients infected with COVID-19 in Russia has increased by 52 people over the past 24 hours, the country's operational headquarters for preventing the spread of coronavirus said earlier in the day.
As nightlife, bars, and cultural institutions all went dormant following social distancing measures, the coronavirus has turned Norway's state monopoly on alcoholic beverages into a honey pot.
At the moment, the number of those infected in France is nearing 11,000, while over 370 people have succumbed to the coronavirus in the country.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Twitter blocked accounts of Venezuelan Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez, who heads the presidential commission on the fight against the spread of COVID-19, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has said.
According to a Gothenburg University researcher, it was “not incredible” to think that the number of infected is ten times higher, which would amount to one million.
Numerous countries have imposed travel bans and introduced 14-day quarantines for citizens coming home amid growing numbers of infected. Outside China, where the COVID-19 was originally registered back in December, the worst-hit countries are Italy, Iran, and Spain, with Germany and the US also reporting mass increases in numbers.
BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – The Argentine authorities have imposed a mandatory quarantine on all citizens in the country until 31 March amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Alberto Fernandez said.
The Kingdom has recently initiated a series of measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19, including the suspension of prayers outside Mecca and Medina holy mosques and the cancellation of the Jeddah Season festival.
The new coronavirus disease was first identified in China's Wuhan and has rapidly spread to more than 160 countries, according to the latest data provided by John Hopkins University.
Russian scientists earlier successfully sequenced the whole genome of the novel coronavirus, as states worldwide have intensified efforts to combat the new disease.