Coronavirus Updates on the global pandemic

22:43. Well, this is everything from us. Tomorrow we return with more news on the health crisis in Spain and around the world. In the meantime, take care and have a very good night.

22:40. Barcelona have stated their intention to carry out pay cuts across the club. The focus is on the first team, but it may affect all employees. There is now a five-day deadline to try and reach an agreement. If not, the club will carry it out anyway.

22:36. The Supreme Pontiff has been tested for coronavirus after one of his collaborators, an Italian priest who lives with him, tested positive for coronavirus. However, Pope Francis has tested negative, according to the newspaper Il Messaggero.

22:30. Catalonia’s Ministry of Health has authorised 15 more days of quarantine in the municipalities of Igualada, Vilanova del Cami, Santa Margarida de Montbui and Odena, as requested by the Catalan government on Wednesday.

22:15. Italy and Spain, the two counties most affected by coronavirus in the European Union, have stood up at the end of the European Council meeting. Both Giuseppe Conte and Pedro Sanchez refused to sign the document with the conclusions and the minimum agreement that the 27 were supposed to agree on.

22:00. The Rio de Janeiro City Council has arranged for the relocation of elderly people living in favelas to more suitable facilities to overcome this situation, such as hotels. There will be 400 rooms made available for this purpose.

21:50. In Spain, there have been 56,347 cases of coronavirus, of which 45,094 are still active. A total of 4,154 people have died and 7,015 have been cured.

21:35. The latest data indicates that there are already more than 11,500 infected people in Catalonia, where 672 people have died of coronavirus. There is already concern about the possible saturation of the Intensive Care Units there, as is logical given the figures we are starting to discover.

21:20. The English Football Association has decided to end all seasons in non-professional football. The question now is whether they will do the same for the other divisions.

21:06. The Community of Madrid have revealed that 1,065 elderly people in nursing homes have died this month, but they have not specified how many of them had coronavirus.

20:42. Damm, the well-known brand of beer in Barcelona, has presented an ERTE – a temporary dismissal from their role – for the 443 workers of its plant in El Prat (Barcelona). They did so on Monday before the competent authority, but they have not yet received a response. The closure of bars and restaurants has pushed the company to take this step.

19:45. “The people who continue to move are, in large part, those who are ensuring the functioning of society,” Jose Luis Abalos, the Transport Minister, said.

“For them we do the work so that they can move within the framework of exception in which we are. We try to help them in their work.

“Yesterday we declared a series of tourist accommodations to be essential, which, although they are closed to the public, will be accessible to workers who are doing essential work.

“They will be able to access them for cleaning and maintenance even when they are not staying there.

“AENA is postponing the payment of the rent of facilities to airlines for six months without interest.”

19:36. “Despite the exceptional situation, we remain vigilant against all types of crime,” Fernando Grande-Marlaska, the Minister of the Interior, said.

“I’m not just talking about the Guardia Civil and the National Police, but about regional and local police.

“We remain vigilant against gender violence, drug trafficking, human trafficking and all kinds of crime. A ship has been intercepted in the port of Valencia with 500 kilos of cocaine, for example. We also monitor threats to our cyber security.

“We continue to monitor the most vulnerable groups. Nearly 3,000 checks are carried out daily in cases of gender-based violence and we carry out hundreds of actions in the area of nursing homes”.

“Just this morning we stopped a cyber-attack using the COVID-19 as a hook. We are not going to tolerate situations like the one on the A-42 near Getafe, when a vehicle with four people ran away and hit a corporal of the Guardia Civil. They were arrested and the corporal is in serious condition. A big hug from here and the desire for a speedy recovery”.

“Days are coming when we will try our best, to be responsible and supportive. The results will be seen. Together we’re going to make it. United is the only way to defeat the virus.”

19:06. Stan Collymore has launched a message to the banks on social media. The former footballer reminded the banks that in the previous crisis, the ordinary citizen paid the price and came to the bank’s rescue. He believes that now it must be that sector that comes to the rescue of the citizens.

19:00. Thirty-two per cent of all deaths in Spain due to coronavirus are elderly men and women who were housed in nursing homes for the elderly.

18:51. Despite Brexit, it seems that the United Kingdom is interested in joining the European Union in joint health procurement programmes. This is basically the system by which EU countries make joint negotiations and purchases of these materials in order to have greater strength when negotiating with sellers.

18:41. Some 2,000 health workers from the Castilla-La Mancha Health Service are in isolation due to confirmation and suspicion of having coronavirus, according to the regional health minister, Jesus Fernandez Sanz.

18:30. The anti-drug prosecutor, Cristina Toro, died today of coronavirus, according to the Independent Professional Association of Prosecutors (APIF).

18:20. After 15 days of quarantine, the Italians are still unable to overcome the coronavirus and bend the famous curve: 662 dead and 6,153 new cases in one day.

17:51. Florida governor Ron DeSantis does not want to impose a quarantine for fear of the impact it might have on the state’s economy. However, the number of people infected is increasing: 2,000 people in the state are already infected. The city of Miami is imposing a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. In addition, it has decreed a confinement during the day, but allows people to go out for sports, to buy food, etc.

17:37. Spanish banks have reached an agreement that the maximum payment amount for contactless. without the need to put the pin, has gone up from 20 to 50 euros. This has been done with the intension of limiting contact when making purchases. This is a temporary measure, which will start to be applied from March 30.

17:25. At this time, the figures for coronavirus in Colombia are as follows: 420 infected, four dead and eight cured.

17:15. The G20, which met today by videoconference, have committed itself to “doing whatever it takes” against coronavirus, but without specifying any type of measure.

17:00. Spain’s Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda has asked the government to assist in his plan to use 370 hotels throughout Spain to host essential service workers.

16:20. G20 leaders spoke gathered by videoconference and stated that “together we will overcome this” in regards to the coronavirus pandemic.

15:15. The Spanish government has distributed 6,748,268 protective masks since March 10 and a further 5,500,000 more units will be sent from China.

14:30. Real Madrid have moved to turn the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu into a centre for healthcare supplies amidst the ongoing fight against COVID-19. More details here.

13:30. Thiago and Rafinha Alcantara have teamed up with UNICEF to help children through the period of self-isolation during the coronavirus crisis. More details here.

11.25. Iran prohibits inter-city travel after many citizens ignored calls to stay home and cancel travel plans for the Persian New Year holidays that started on March 20. The country has suffered 2,234 deaths from the coronavirus.

11:18. Catalonia will allow the elderly to be taken home without losing their place in their residences.

10:58. Catalan prisons are to manufacture 32,000 uniforms to supply hospitals, which will provide retired health professionals, recent graduates and final year students who are joining health centres to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

10:07. Two people were detained in Cadiz among a group of about 50 who threw stones at a convoy that was transporting 28 elderly people with Covid-19 who were being relocated to a residence in isolation.

10:23. The Spanish capital hopes to reach its peak this weekend, with the Community of Madrid’s health minister Enrique Ruiz Escudero optimistic over the number of medical discharges, which today could exceed 4,000.

9:59. A cameraman who shot footage inside the Utah Jazz locker room after a March 7 match in Detroit is in a coma after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

9:49. The G20 will hold a meeting via a video conference about the fight against the coronavirus and the major economic impact it has had.

9:12. A woman who left the ICU of a Valladolid clinic on Monday to applause from doctors after recovering from coronavirus has died 36 hours later.

8:23. Japan will prohibit entry to the country from 21 European nations and Iran from March 27, as a measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

8:18. The Government of Russia has ordered the federal air transport agency Rosaviatsia to suspend all scheduled and charter flights to and from the country, except those provided for in the repatriation program for citizens who are in other countries

8:12. South Korea, a country that chose not to limit the movement of its citizens and kept its borders open, has reported another 57 imported cases of coronavirus on Thursday.

8:05. The US Senate unanimously approved on Wednesday the largest economic rescue plan in the country’s history, with two billion dollars in aid to companies and citizens, to face the crisis that has been unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic.

8:00. Good morning and we hope you’re all safe wherever in the world you’re reading from. Here is our coronavirus live blog for Thursday, March 26.


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