Live COVID-19 updates: Romania declares curfew, China's Wuhan reports zero increase for 4th day

Source: Xinhua| 2020-03-22 15:48:44|Editor: huaxia

BEIJING, March 22 (Xinhua) -- The world is now in battle against the common threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, a disease caused by a previously unknown coronavirus that has spread to over 180 countries and regions around the world.

The following are the latest updates on the contagious illness.


BUCHAREST -- The Romanian government late Saturday declared a curfew and required citizens to stay at home as much as possible during daytime in the latest move to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Interior Minister Marcel Vela said the curfew will be imposed between 22:00 and 06:00 beginning Sunday, with the exemptions for professional reasons, shopping of daily necessities, and necessary medical services.


HAVANA -- A Cuban medical corps on Saturday arrived in the Jamaican capital Kingston to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Jamaican media reported.

Jamaica earlier this month declared the island a disaster area and requested Cuba to send medical professionals for help.


NEW DELHI -- The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 315, said the official data issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.

Four deaths have been reported so far, and no casualty reported in the past few days.

"Total number of confirmed cases so far in the country as on March 21 at 10.45 p.m., including foreign nationals, is 315," said a statement put up on the ministry's website on Sunday.


BANJUL -- The Gambia's government announced on Saturday night it will close borders with Senegal and suspend all flights from Monday in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

"President Adama Barrow has approved the closure of the border between the Republic of The Gambia and the Republic of Senegal, effective midnight, on Monday," said a statement from the presidency.


WUHAN -- No new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were reported Saturday in Wuhan, marking the fourth day in a row of zero report at the epicenter of the epidemic in a months-long battle with the deadly virus.

The health commission of Hubei Province, of which Wuhan is the capital, said Sunday the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wuhan and Hubei remained at 50,005 and 67,800 by Saturday.

Hubei saw five new deaths, four of which were in Wuhan, bringing the total number of deaths in the province to 3,144.


WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 66.

The newly reported cases are in both North Island and South Island regions of Auckland, Northland, Canterbury, New Plymouth, Waikato, Tauranga, Coromandel, and Dunedin, the Ministry of Health confirmed.


BEIJING -- The Chinese mainland reported 45 newly imported cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Saturday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 314, according to the National Health Commission.

Of the 45 newly imported cases, 14 were reported in Shanghai, 13 in Beijing, seven in Guandong, four in Fujian, two in Jiangsu, one in Hebei, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Shandong and Sichuan respectively, according to the commission.

The commission said it received reports of 46 newly confirmed cases on the mainland Saturday, including one domestic infection transmitted by imported cases in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province.


GAZA -- Two Palestinians in Gaza have tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first cases recorded in the Hamas-ruled enclave, a health official said early Sunday.

The patients are two Palestinians who arrived in Gaza from Pakistan through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt on Thursday, said Health Ministry Director-General Yousef Abu al-Reesh.


GENEVA -- The pandemic of COVID-19 has killed 11,184 people worldwide as of midnight Friday, an increase of 1,344 deaths compared with the previous day, according to the daily situation report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on late Saturday.

A total of 32,000 new infections were reported in the past 24 hours as of 23:59 CET Friday, bringing the global cumulative number of confirmed cases to 266,073.

Outside China, 7,923 people died from the epidemic outbreak, as the virus has spread to 181 countries and regions where a total of 184,657 infections were reported.