World coronavirus updates: Cases to hit 1 million within days, WHO warns
Novel coronavirus infections are nearing the 1 million mark after a "near exponential growth" that's reached "almost every country," World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday.
The big picture: COVID-19 cases surged past 937,000 and the global death toll exceeded 47,000 by early Thursday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy has reported more than 13,000 deaths.
- Governments around the world have introduced public health and economic measures to try and curb the impact of the virus.
What's happening: "The number of deaths has more than doubled in the past week," Tedros said during a WHO briefing. "In the next few days we will reach one million confirmed cases and 50,000 deaths."
- In Spain, two planes carrying protective equipment arrived to restock the country's overloaded public health system on Wednesday as confirmed cases surpassed 100,000 and the nation saw its biggest death toll so far, Reuters reports.
- In the U.K., 500 people were reported dead within 24 hours as of Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins data.
- Iran's death toll surpassed 3,000 on Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins.
- India's three-week lockdown is the largest ever attempted, and sparked South Asia's greatest migration since partition in 1947.
- Taiwan plans to donate 10 million surgical face masks to the U.S., European Union and other allies, President Tsai Ing-wen said Wednesday. The country pledged to send 100,000 masks to the U.S. per week.
- Sanctions on Venezuela, Iran, Syria and Cuba should be lifted "to prevent hunger crises" amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Hilal Elver, the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, said Tuesday.
- A landmark U.N. climate change summit, originally scheduled for November in Glasgow, Scotland, is being delayed until next year.
- Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has remained defiant of his own health ministry's guidelines, after he visited a busy commercial district in Brasília. He called on all but elderly Brazilians to get back to work, the New York Times reports.
Economic impact: The virus has caused a "global shock" and significant economic pain "seems unavoidable in all countries," the World Bank said in an update for East Asia and the Pacific on Monday.
- The World Bank projected growth in China, where the outbreak began, would slow 2.3% in the baseline scenario, or as low as 0.1% in the lower-case scenario.
Coronavirus symptoms: Fever, cough, shortness of breath.
Editors note: This article will be updated regularly with breaking news.
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