Iran Covid counts

#Iran: #Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 14,200 in 236 Cities The number of victims in the province of Ardabil is 400, Alborz 600, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 38, Khorasan Razavi 1120, North Khorasan 190, Zanjan 250, Gilan 1370, and Yazd 305


Iran reported 3,111 new #COVID19 confirmed cases and 141 more deaths in the past 24 hours, total number of confirmed cases in the country to 44,606, including 2,898 deaths, and 14,656 have been discharged from hospital, nation’s health authority said Tue.

#Iran: A new milestone #coronavirus fatalities exceed 10,500 in 212 cities, according to #MEK Victims in Isfahan exceeds 600, Kashan 500, Khorasan Razavi 872,Golestan 536, Khuzestan 369 reports 24 March.

Russia, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea, Iraq, Venezuela and Iran signed a letter to UN about removing US sanctions on Iran during corona.


Ghani names FM

Ghani Appoints Arghandiwal as Acting Finance Minister

Following the appointment of Chief of Staff Shakir Kargar on Monday, President Ghani appoints former economy minister and head of Hezb-e-Islami political party Hadi Arghandiwal as acting finance minister.

Presidential adviser Waheed Omer in a tweet said the process of appointing new cabinet members will continue, and they will be sent to the parliament for a vote of confidence once all of the cabinet is appointed.


EU Trade Iran

Instead trading mechanism to send to Iran consignments amid sanction in conglomerate form.

France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have officially confirmed concluding their first INSTEX transaction with Iran, exporting medical goods to the Middle Eastern country.

According to the German Foreign Ministry, Berlin hopes to enhance the mechanism and carry out more transaction with Tehran.

The news comes several months after Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands joined the mechanism, allowing the countries to circumvent US sanctions against Iran.

The medical goods are being sent to the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has severely affected Iran, making it the worst-hit Asian country outside China.

According to official data, there are over 41,000 infected in the Islamic Republic, and the death toll currently stands at 2,757. At the same time, European countries are experiencing a similar situation; Germany has 67,000 infected and 650 fatalities, while France has confirmed over 44,500 cases and more than 3,000 deaths from the virus.


Kanika 5t Covid

On social media her message “Going off to bed. Sending you all loving vibes. Stay safe you guys. Thank you for your concern but I am not in the ICU. I am fine. I hope my next test is negative. Waiting to go home to my kids and family…miss them!”

Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor’s fifth sample test for Covid-19 has also come out to be positive. Sample tests are carried out on coronavirus patients every 48 hours.

Kanika is presently admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS). Director of the institute, Prof RK Dhiman said that the singer’s condition was stable and there was no cause for worry.

India has done only 38442 tests in total Govt has no explanation for why we have the Lowest Testing Rate in the World.


Brazil Hostile

 Brazilian President Bolsonaro Over Handling of Coronavirus Crisis opposition turn hostile.


The backlash comes after the president called COVID-19 a “minor flu” and visited public places, shaking hands with people and encouraging them to keep living normally, despite the pandemic.

Brazilian Supreme Federal Court Justice Marco Aurélio Mello forwarded a request for the removal of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the Attorney General’s Office (Prosecutor General of the Republic, or PGR) on Monday. The request, filed by opposition federal deputy Reginaldo Lopes, accuses the head of state of neglecting the coronavirus threat to the country and creating extreme danger for Brazilians.

If the PGR accepts the charges, the case will proceed to the Chamber of Deputies, who will then have to vote on the issue.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro

© REUTERS / ADRIANO MACHADOBrazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro

Bolsonaro previously accused the media of creating panic over the coronavirus and overreacting. In response, several members of the National Congress urged him to resign.

At the same time, a federal judge on Saturday banned the government from campaigning against isolation measures, and tweets from the Brazilian president were removed by the social network on the grounds of violating the social network’s rules related to public health information.


Covid Markaz

Most coronavirus deaths. Italy: 11,591 Spain: 7,716 China: 3,304 US: 3,172 France: 3,018 Iran: 2,757 UK: 1,408 Netherlands: 864 Germany: 645 Belgium: 513 Switzerland: 354 Turkey: 168 Sweden: 165 South Korea: 162 Portugal: 140 Brazil: 140 Indonesia: 122 Austria: 108 Canada: 89

Delhi Nizamudin sealed off. 24 people who were present at the Markaz building, #Nizamuddin have tested positive for #Coronavirus, so far. Not certain of the no. but it is estimated that 1500-1700 people had assembled at Markaz building: @SatyendarJain, Delhi Health Minister.Jamaad links to 10 deaths.

Home Ministry is considering to blacklist around 800 Islamic preachers from Indonesia, known as Tablighi, who came on tourist visas to attend a three-day religious conference in Delhi amid the coronavirus outbreak.

They would be blacklisted for violating visa norms as the group entered the country on a tourist visa but participated in a religious congregation.

The 3-day religious gathering hosted on 16 March at an Islamic shrine in the densely populated Nizamuddin area of south Delhi was attended by around 8,000 people from India and countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and Kyrgyzstan.

High-level meeting underway at Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s residence over link between fresh #coronavirus cases and the religious gathering at Delhi mosque earlier this month. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal hold meeting via video conferencing over Markaz #Nizamuddin issue.

Delhi: Medical team and Police are present at the Markaz building, Nizamuddin where around 2500 people had attended a function earlier this month. Around 860 people have been shifted from the building to hospitals so far, around 300 are yet to be shifted. #Coronavirus

At least 2,000 people stayed at the Markaz Nizamuddin building earlier this month .

24 have tested positive to COVID-19.

Hundreds who showed symptoms were moved to hospital.

Medical teams and police are present at the premises.

Delhi CM attends high level meetings on the next steps.

At least 24 coronavirus cases and hundreds with symptoms after Delhi mosque event.

There are fears that thousands of people who attended a function at a mosque in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area may have been exposed to COVID-19. Delhi Health MinisMinisterter Satyendra Jain says that 24 individuals who stayed at the Markaz Nizamuddin building have tested positive, while hundreds more are showing symptoms of the virus.

Delhi Government to ask police to register FIR against Maulana of Markaz, Nizamuddin: Delhi Govt Around 300-400 people had attended a religious gathering at Markaz & 163 people from Nizamuddin, likely to be infected with #COVID19, have been admitted to Lok Nayak Hospital, Delhi, Over 300 hospitalised over Nizamuddin event; total cases at 1251.


Italy in Pandemic

Italy to continue lockdown until Easter as Infections rate drops.Italy: Total Corona Case are 80589. Recovered are 1036. Italy count deaths are 10,023.

Global death toll surpasses 30,000, with more than 10,000 deaths in Italy.

March 31, 2020

All containment measures would be extended at least until Easter on April 12, said Health Minister Roberto SperanzaSha.

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ROME: Italy on Monday extended an economically crippling lockdown until “at least” mid-April to stem coronavirus infections that have claimed a world-leading 11,591 lives.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said any easing of containment measures would be done incrementally to ensure Italy does not give up gains it has made against the extraordinary disease.

The near three-week shutdown “had been very tough economically,” Conte told Spain’s El Pais newspaper.

“It cannot last very long,” he said. “We can study ways (of lifting restrictions). But it will have to be done gradually.”

Health Minister Roberto Speranza later announced that “all containment measures would be extended at least until Easter” on April 12.

Business closures and a ban on public gatherings were to have expired on Friday.

– ‘Flattening of the curve’ –

Italy was the first Western nation to impose sweeping restrictions to stem a pandemic that has claimed more than 36,000 lives worldwide.

Its own toll grew by 812 on Monday and the number of infections reported by the civil protection service surpassed 100,000.

But fresh evidence also suggested that COVID-19 was spreading more slowly than when the first victim died in Italy on February 21.

The daily rate of new infections dropped to 4.1 percent — a fraction of the 62 percent level registered a month ago.

The number of people suffering from the illness at its epicentre in the northern Lombardy region also dropped for the first time.

And the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 across the nation of 60 million people hit a new high.

“We saw 1,590 people recover in the past 24 hours,” civil protection service chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters.

“This is the highest number of recoveries recorded since the start of the pandemic.”

Deputy Health Minister Pierpaolo Sileri said the latest data showed that Italy might see “a drop in the number of people infected within seven to 10 days”.

Italy’s ISS public health institute chief Silvio Brusaferro also felt the infection rate was approaching its peak.

“We are witnessing a flattening of the curve,” Brusaferro told the La Repubblica daily.

“There are no signs of a descent yet, but things are improving.”

– ‘Picture has improved a lot’ –

Health officials said one of the most encouraging figures was a drop from 25,392 on Sunday to 25,006 on Monday in the number of people in Lombardy testing positive for COVID-19.

The figure had grown continuously for more than a month.

“The picture has improved a lot over the past four days,” Lombardy’s chief medical officer Giulio Gallera said.

The latest data was released nearly three weeks into a national lockdown that has emptied cities and paralysed most business activity.

Store and restaurant closures were reinforced last week by a shutdown of “non-essential” factories.

Forecasts by several global banks and analysts point to Italian economic output shrinking by seven percent this year.


WB:Asia hit worst

How far this WB statement true?

When Asian Tigers are performing in Coronavirus Singapore Japan Taiwan and South Korea technology upbeat is making another experts that when China US EU on decline South Asian economy to be bank upon in giving inertia to Global recession.

 World Bank forecasts coronavirus pandemic to hit growth in Asia

Countries in region should invest in healthcare and take targeted fiscal measures, advises World Bank

WASHINGTON: The coronavirus pandemic is expected to sharply slow growth in developing economies in East Asia and the Pacific as well as China, the World Bank said in an economic update on Monday.

The bank said precise growth forecasts were difficult, given the rapidly changing situation, but its baseline now called for growth in developing economies in the region to slow to 2.1% in 2020, and to -0.5% in a lower-case scenario, compared to estimated growth of 5.8% in 2019.

In China, where the coronavirus outbreak originated in late December, growth was projected to slow to 2.3% in the baseline scenario, or as low as 0.1% in the lower-case scenario, compared to growth of 6.1% in 2019.

The region faced an unusual combination of “disruptive and mutually reinforcing events,” the report said. “Significant economic pain seems unavoidable in all countries.”

Countries in the region should invest in healthcare capacity and take targeted fiscal measures, such as providing subsidies for sick pay and healthcare, to mitigate some of the immediate impacts of the pandemic, the World Bank said.

“Containment of the pandemic would allow for a sustained recovery in the region, although risks to the outlook from financial market stress would remain high,” it said.

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The financial shock of the pandemic was also expected to have a serious impact on poverty, defined as income of $5.50 a day, the bank said. The baseline scenario called for nearly 24 million fewer people to escape poverty across the region in 2020 due to the pandemic. If the economic situation deteriorated even further, poverty could increase by about 11 million people.

Prior projections estimated that nearly 35 million people would escape poverty in the region in 2020, including over 25 million in China alone, the bank said.

In addition to targeted fiscal measures, countries should look to deeper international cooperation and new cross-border public-private partnerships to ramp up the production and supply of key medical supplies and services, and ensure financial stability in the aftermath of the crisis, it said.

Also read:Economists believe German economy is set for significant recession

Countries should also ease credit to help households smooth their consumption and help firms survive the immediate shock of the outbreak.

“The good news is that the region has strengths it can tap, but countries will have to act fast and at a scale not previously imagined,” said Victoria Kwakwa, vice president for East Asia and the Pacific at the World Bank.


Moon No breach

Moon urges legal punishment for quarantine breach

March 31, 2020

March 31 – President Moon Jae-in called Tuesday for stern legal measures against those flouting coronavirus quarantine rules, a day before the policy of imposing 14-day mandatory self-isolation on all arrivals from abroad takes effect.

“If the quarantine measure is violated, resolute and strong legal measures should be taken to protect the safety of the community,” he stressed, speaking at a weekly Cabinet meeting.

Although South Korea’s response to COVID-19 has won praise, with signs of “gradual stabilization” in the situation here, he said, “There’s still a long way to go for a solid stable stage.”

He added, “We need more powerful measures and thorough control over the growing influx of overseas infections.” Moon pointed out that “a small hole breaks down the bank” and warned against any activity to make the people’s anti-virus efforts “come to naught.”

President Moon Jae-in (R) speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on March 31, 2020, which was linked via video with other Cabinet members working at the government office complex in the administrative town of Sejong, 130 kilometers south of the capital. (Yonhap)

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President Moon Jae-in (R) speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on March 31, 2020, which was linked via video with other Cabinet members working at the government office complex in the administrative town of Sejong, 130 kilometers south of the capital. (Yonhap)hide caption

South Korea confirmed 125 additional cases on Monday and four more deaths.

“Pay special attention to reducing the number of deaths and concentrate quarantine authorities’ capabilities on preventing group infections at facilities used by multiple people,” he told the Cabinet members in his opening remarks open to pool reporters.

The president said it has become unavoidable to extend the school break again.

The government has decided to phase in online classes at public schools nationwide beginning on April 9 in an unprecedented step to protect the right to study despite the unceasing COVID-19 outbreak.

Moon ordered education authorities to make full preparations for the plan, especially to prevent students from suffering disparities in taking online classes at home due to related educational circumstances such as the supply of computers and mobile devices.

Citing the government’s decision to allocate another supplementary budget, worth 7.1 trillion won (US$5.8 billion), for financial handouts to middle and low-income families, Moon voiced concern about state debt.

He said “bone-cutting” restructuring of budget spending is inevitable.

He also emphasized the importance of international cooperation and solidarity in the war against the pandemic, calling it a “weapon” that would decide the results of the fight.

He instructed related government offices to do their best so that South Korea can play a leading role based on its experience and know-how related to the virus.


Nation Needs

Nation needs short-term measures, long-term vision to overcome COVID-19 challenge, asserts PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the social organizations have three distinct specialties: a humane approach, massive reach and connect with people and a service mindset. He said, due to these distinctions, such organisations are trusted implicitly. He further added that the nation is facing an unprecedented crisis and needs the service of these bodies and their resources like never before. He suggested that they could play a huge role in arranging for basic necessities for the poor. They could also dedicate their medical facilities and volunteers to serving patients and the needy. Mr. Modi said, the nation needs both short-term measures and a long-term vision to overcome the challenge.

The representatives of the social welfare organizations praised the leadership of the Prime Minister in navigating a complicated situation with dexterity. They lauded the pro-active measures of the government which have been effective in controlling the spread of the virus. They pledged support to the PM-CARES fund. They said, their workforce will be dedicated completely to the cause of serving the nation in this time of crisis.  They also talked about their work to meet the COVID-19 challenge through awareness campaigns through digital means, distribution of essentials, food packets, sanitizers, medicines and provision of medical help to those in need.

Prime Minister reiterated the importance of spreading awareness, helping the poor and needy through arranging for basic necessities, provision of medical facilities and dedicating the volunteers to the cause of serving those impacted by COVID-19. He stressed on the importance of giving medical and scientific advice and countering misinformation. Prime Minister also underlined the need to keep working together to face the challenge of the pandemic.