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Worldwide coronavirus toll passes 30,000, two-thirds in Europe

  • Published at 10:50 am March 29th, 2020
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Caracas, Venezuelam
Workers in protective suits walk on the street during the national quarantine in response to the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Caracas, Venezuela March 21, 2020 Reuters

Italy has the highest number of fatalities with 10,023 deaths

More than 30,000 people have died worldwide in the coronavirus pandemic, two-thirds of them in Europe, since the epidemic started in China in December, according to an AFP tally at 1900 GMT on Saturday.

In total, 30,003 lives have been lost with 21,334 of those in Europe where Italy has the highest number of fatalities with 10,023 deaths, followed by Spain with 5,690, the tally based on official information sources found.

Above 640,770 cases have been declared in 183 countries and territories.

First trains into Wuhan

Trains packed with thousands of passengers arrive in Wuhan where the virus first emerged late last year, as the Chinese city partly reopens after months of near total isolation for its population of 11 million.

Most of the subway network also starts up again and some shopping centres will open their doors next week.

Cases skyrocket in US, Europe

The United States now has the world's highest number of confirmed Covid-19 infections, surpassing 100,000 cases on Friday and rising to past 115,000 on Saturday. 

There have been nearly 1,900 recorded deaths in the US from the virus.

In Britain the death toll passes 1,000.

A record 832 people die in Spain in 24-hours, leading the country to halt all non-essential activities.

Trump invokes wartime powers

President Donald Trump signs into law the largest stimulus package in US history, a $2 trillion rescue plan, in a bid to salvage the economy.

Trump also invokes the Defense Production Act, a wartime power, to compel auto giant General Motors to honour its commitment to making ventilators.

Canada financial boost

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces measures to boost the country's economy, almost doubling the amount of aid pledged just two days previously to more than Can$200 billion (128 billion euros).

A parliamentary report forecasts a 5.1% contraction of Canada's economy in 2020, the worst since 1962.


Russia on Monday will become the latest country to "restrict traffic" across its borders, according to a decree on the government website.

Ireland imposes a total lockdown until April 12.

South African police enforce lockdown by firing rubber bullets towards hundreds of shoppers queueing outside a supermarket in Johannesburg.

Ghana announces a two-week lockdown in two main regions starting Monday.

Election impact

New York's governor says the state will postpone its presidential primary election by nearly two months, pushing the date from April 28 to June 23. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, said he was considering placing the state under quarantine.

Mali records its first coronavirus just hours before polls open on Sunday for a long-delayed parliamentary election. 

Helicopter evacuation

France carries out is first evacuation of patients by military helicopter, transporting two people with the virus in critical condition from eastern France to Germany.

Churches under quarantine

A Brazilian court blocks a decree by President Jair Bolsonaro that exempted places of worship from confinement orders. The federal court in Rio de Janeiro state ruled that religious services pose a public health risk. The government can still appeal the decision.

Protecting guns 

Gun owners, vendors and arms associations turn to US courts to prevent local authorities in California from shuttering gun stores.

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