COVID-19: Here's what you need to know todaySaturday, March 28, 2020
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections worldwide topped 600,000 today as new cases stacked up quickly in Europe and the United States. More than 2.6 billion people —one third of humanity— are now under lockdown conditions in a global effort to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic.
— In Jamaica, the total number of confirmed cases is 30. This includes 20 imported cases, eight import-related cases and two cases are under investigation. The quarantine measures placed on the St Andrew community of Bull Bay were lifted early this morning. The Government said the community will remain under surveillance.
— Trinidad recorded its second death yesterday, as the Trinidad and Tobago Registered Nurses Association called for calm, as a worker at the Scarborough General Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19.
— The United States of America yesterday secured a US$2.2 trillion stimulus package aimed at giving companies and families a cash cushion to better weather the health crisis and looming recession.
— The number of coronavirus deaths in Britain jumped by 260 in one day to pass 1,000, official data showed today, this come one day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself tested positive.
— Italy, yesterday, recorded its single biggest rise in deaths, with 969 more victims, to bring its total number of fatalities to 9,134. The country now has 86,498 cases, surpassing China to record the grim distinction of the second-most infections in the world, behind the US.
— International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva on Friday said "it is clear that we have entered a recession" that will be worse than in 2009 following the global financial crisis.
— Huge crowds jammed trains and buses in Hubei province on Wednesday as people seized their first chance to travel after two months under lockdown at the epicentre of China's coronavirus outbreak.
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