Coronavirus Global Update

By BBC World Service

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A daily round-up on the spread of the coronavirus, with reports from affected areas, details of the latest medical information and the impact on health, business and travel.

Episode Date
British Prime Minister hospitalised with coronavirus
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Boris Johnson has spent the night in hospital with persistent symptoms, but continues to lead the government. Also: cardboard coffins used to bury the dead in Ecuador, and Americans told to prepare for the saddest days of their lives.
Apr 06, 2020
Some good news for Spain as Covid-19 death toll falls
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The latest daily number of deaths recorded was six hundred and seventy-four. Also: Criminal investigation launched into the Australian cruise ship responsible for nearly a tenth of all cases in the country, and how people in Italy are helping each other by dangling baskets out of their windows.
Apr 05, 2020
Trump tells US to prepare for ‘a lot of death’
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New York state remains the epicentre of the outbreak in the US with more cases than the whole of Italy. Also: abandoned dead in Ecuador moved to refrigerators, and the wild animals strolling city streets.
Apr 05, 2020
Britain sees its highest daily number of deaths
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The UK sees another 708 deaths -- but there are hopeful signs from Spain and Italy. Also: China remembers its victims, and dating in the days of social distancing.
Apr 04, 2020
Trump to defy 'voluntary' medical advice to wear masks
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The US president says he does not want to be seen in one, despite guidance from health officials. Also: the virus reaches Asia's largest slum and Premier League footballers prepare to take a pay cut
Apr 04, 2020
Latest figures from Italy show Covid-19 deaths pass 14,500
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Deaths in Italy pass 14,500 but there's evidence the infection rate slowing, as Spain's numbers rise. Plus French police try to stop the Easter exodus and Google helps show is lockdowns work. The audio in this episode has been updated with amended numbers.
Apr 03, 2020
Confirmed global cases pass one million
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The number of people infected worldwide has doubled in the past week. Also: 30,000 merchant sailors are stuck on quarantined vessels, and one of the gaming industry's biggest award ceremonies goes ahead - but online.
Apr 03, 2020
Spain passes 10,000 coronavirus deaths
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The Spanish authorities say 950 people have died there in the last 24 hours. Also, the latest on pros and cons of face masks, and words of wisdom from the grannies of Wuhan.
Apr 02, 2020
Hospitals say US running out of medical supplies
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Reports say government reserves of protective equipment are almost exhausted. Also: the president of the Philippines has ordered the police and military to use deadly force against violent protesters during the quarantine, and fresh warnings over the privacy of video-conferencing apps.
Apr 02, 2020
Italy’s daily death toll at lowest level for six days
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The outbreak in Italy continues to take a heavy toll on the medical profession as more than 60 doctors have died. Also: the authorities in the Netherlands are investigating whether group or ‘herd’ immunity could stop the spread of Covid-19, and the Wimbledon tennis championships have been cancelled.
Apr 01, 2020
US Navy captain pleads for help
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Sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt – one of the world’s largest aircraft carriers – have tested positive for coronavirus. Meanwhile, officials in India have traced hundreds of suspected cases to a single religious gathering. And Panama has imposed gender-based quarantine measures.
Apr 01, 2020
US coronavirus death toll overtakes 9/11 fatalities
299
Over 3000 people have died from the virus in the US. New York's governor is re-organising the state's entire health system. Also: Spain suffers its deadliest day so far, and why are so many young people in Australia testing positive?
Mar 31, 2020
World Bank predicts ‘significant pain’ for East Asian economies
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Experts have said coronavirus will hamper financial growth throughout 2020. Meanwhile, the US has tested more than a million people for the virus. And Facebook has accused the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, of spreading misinformation about the benefits of self-isolation.
Mar 31, 2020
Spain’s COVID-19 cases surpass China
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It comes as the country announces new lockdown restrictions. Also: Japan reports a surge in coronavirus infections, and how motor racing engineers helped build a new device to assist breathing.
Mar 30, 2020
Spain and Italy say they're near the peak of the outbreak
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The two European countries are hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Also India's prime minister, Narendra Modi asks for his country's forgiveness for imposing a sweeping lockdown, and the world's oldest man has to celebrate his birthday with no fanfare due to the outbreak.
Mar 29, 2020
Spain has largest coronavirus daily death toll to date
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There's been a surge in the number of deaths from the coronavirus in Spain. Also: the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the pandemic began, has partially re-opened, and the world's biggest manufacturer of ventilators - in Germany - says demand is currently outstripping capacity ten-fold.
Mar 28, 2020
British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus
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The British health minister also has the virus, while England's chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, is showing symptoms of COVID-19. Also: the OECD has estimated that every month major economies spend in lockdown will cut growth by two percentage points, and we hear what it's like to be tested for the coronavirus.
Mar 27, 2020
National lockdown in Spain extended
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The Spanish parliament voted to prolong the restrictions. Also: millions of people in the United States filed claims for unemployment last week due to the coronavirus, and getting married during a lockdown.
Mar 26, 2020
US Senate agrees huge stimulus package with Trump
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The US deal worth $1.8 trillion is to ease the impact of coronavirus. Spain becomes only the second country after Italy to record more deaths than China, and Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus.
Mar 25, 2020
Worldwide cases top 300,000
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Italy records a record jump of nearly 800 deaths in just 24 hours. Also: Iran rejects US help offer, and the new toilet paper calculator trying to discourage hoarding.
Mar 22, 2020
UK joins the global shutdown
299
UK urges people not to panic buy, as pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities close. Also: South Korea threatens to bring in new restrictions as cases begin to rise again; and how to keep young children informed.
Mar 21, 2020
EU plans to close border for 30 days
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Coronavirus travel restrictions have forced airlines to ground planes. Also Africa implements the lessons learnt from Ebola and we hear about the first coronavirus vaccine trial.
Mar 16, 2020
Europe now coronavirus 'epicentre'
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The WHO urges EU nations to take aggressive action amid steep rise in cases. In football, all English, Scottish, French and German matches suspended. UEFA Champions League and Europa League also affected.
Mar 13, 2020
Coronavirus confirmed as pandemic
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The WHO says the number of cases outside China has increased 13-fold in two weeks. Also: President Trump suspends travel from Europe to US and American basketball latest sports casualty.
Mar 12, 2020
Up to 70% of Germany could contract coronavirus – Merkel
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that up to 70% of the country's population could contract the coronavirus. Also: The number of cases in Europe continues to rise and governments announce economic help.
Mar 11, 2020
Italy starts life under lockdown
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Italy is adjusting to restrictions on travel and public gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak. Also: The spread of misinformation and whether China is getting things under control.
Mar 10, 2020
How crowds help spread the virus
298
Six Nations rugby matches and the Tokyo Olympics torch-lighting ceremony are just two of the high profile events that have been cancelled owing to fears of the spread of Covid-19. Also: Northern Italy on lockdown and Trump says, Don't panic.
Mar 09, 2020
Welcome to Coronavirus Global Update
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Introducing a podcast rounding-up the latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world, with reports from affected areas and details of the latest medical information.
Mar 05, 2020