US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The world continues to take emergency measures in connection with the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
As of March 17, 183,185 cases of COVID-19 were recorded worldwide, 7,162 people died, and 79,656 recovered and were discharged from medical facilities.
At the same time, the number of people infected outside of China for the first time exceeded the number of people infected in this country.
The top ten in the number of cases detected after the PRC are Italy (27 980), Iran (14 991), Spain (9 942), South Korea (8 320), Germany (7 272), France (6 655), USA (4 661 ), Switzerland (2,330) and the United Kingdom (1,553). According to official figures, coronavirus has affected 155 countries and regions of the world.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a law aimed at combating the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The law provides for criminal liability for intentional infection with a coronavirus, fines for citizens and civil servants for non-compliance with quarantine rules are introduced. The document spells out administrative responsibility for the unauthorized abandonment of observation sites.
The country introduces government control over the prices of medicines and essential goods. In all Ukrainian cities, the metro will stop working. All shopping centers, cinemas, restaurants and other entertainment facilities will be quarantined. Grocery stores and pharmacies will continue to work.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday in an appeal to the people announced the introduction of quarantine measures in the country, similar to those previously resorted to by the Italian authorities. According to him, France for two weeks goes into total isolation.
The President stated the need to exclude any contacts, cancel social events and even family celebrations.
“Never before has France taken such exceptional measures in peacetime,” Emmanuel Macron.
Following many countries, Canada announced the closure of the border. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau clarified that an exception was made for diplomats, family members of Canadian citizens, aircraft crews and US citizens. In addition, from March 18, only four airports will receive international flights – in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto.
The closure of borders was also announced by Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia. An emergency has been declared in Finland and a national quarantine in Venezuela.
In Russia, regions announce a state of high preparedness, schools and universities are moving to distance learning.
Citizens are warned about the need to avoid mass gatherings, popular cultural and leisure facilities are being closed. So, the Pushkin Museum in Moscow is closed from March 17 to April 10, and the Moscow Zoo will stop receiving visitors for the same period.
Iranian authorities took unprecedented measures in connection with the need to curb the spread of coronavirus among prisoners, having released 85 thousand people from prisons.
In Afghanistan, 38 people escaped from quarantine. This happened in the province of Herat in northwestern Afghanistan, Tolo News reported, citing the head of the provincial health department, Abdul Hakim Tamannu. According to him, one of the escaped from a regional hospital confirmed coronavirus.
Following the actors Tom Hanks and Olga Kurylenko , two more representatives of the film industry announced the infection with the coronavirus – Idris Elba and Christopher Heavier, who played the role of Tormund in the series “Game of Thrones”.
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced its readiness to provide loans in the amount of 1 trillion dollars to help countries fight against coronavirus. The Fund also announced its readiness to take emergency response measures to help countries with urgent needs to restore their balance of payments. “These tools can provide about $ 50 billion to developing countries,” the regulator said.
In addition, the IMF may allocate $ 10 billion to low-income countries at 0% per annum.
CAPA Aviation Center, a Sydney consulting company , warned that most airlines in the world could go bankrupt before the end of May if the industry does not receive the necessary support.
Many airlines have already faced technical bankruptcy or are experiencing problems with paying off debts. Airline cash reserves are rapidly depleted due to cancellation of flights and a sharp drop in demand for air travel.
In the event of the closure of all international destinations, Russian airlines may lose ₽360 billion in revenue, Bain analysts calculated. This is comparable to Aeroflot’s revenue from flights abroad for the whole of 2019.
Now in Russia, due to the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, there is a restriction on flights to China, South Korea, Iran, as well as to all EU countries, Norway and Switzerland. The ban on flights to European countries, except for their capitals, began to apply from Monday, March 16.
The largest automobile concerns – Volkswagen, Renault, Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group – decided to stop the assembly of cars at European plants. And one of the two major global aircraft manufacturers, Airbus, announced plans to halt production in Spain and France for four days. The reaction of another aviation giant, Boeing, has not yet been reported.
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