Italy death toll approaches 3,000; Portugal declared a state of emergency; cases in the world passed the 200,000. This blog is now closed.
Wed 18 Mar 2020 20.35 EDT
First published on Tue 17 Mar 2020 20:24 EDT
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Reuters reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will forgive 10,000 political prisoners including those in honor of the new year Iran on Friday, state television reported.
“They will be forgiven not going back to jail … almost half of them security-related prisoners will be pardoned,” said court spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told state television on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Esmaili said Iran had temporarily freed from prison about 85,000 people, including political prisoners, in response to the epidemic coronavirus.
“A large number of prisoners who have been released while not need to go back to prison after remission leader,” said Esmaili.
“unprecedented point is that forgiveness also includes security-related detainees to a prison sentence of less than five years,” said Esmaili.
Esmaili not say whether it will include a British-Iranian Nazanin aid workers Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was released on Tuesday for two weeks.
It’s also unclear whether the British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert will be forgiven. Wednesdayamong 85,000 prisoners on temporary release from prison Iran.
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Sushi chain of fast food, YO! Sushi, has revealed that 54 of the restaurants that will permanently close at the end of service on Wednesday.
In an email sent to employees seen by the Guardian, the company said that the decision has come “in light of the increased uncertainty of Covid-19” and followed by “some very difficult decisions’.
“Unfortunately, we had to take this action because it is obviously in the interest of public health to do so and there is nothing more important than that, particularly our responsibility for the elderly and vulnerable,” said the email.
is not yet clear that the restaurant will be included, but at least one branch in London is set to close.
One employee, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “This is a lot to come to terms with. A week ago we were all talking about the future and what we can do with the restaurant, now we close. It was so much to process in such a short time. “
YO! Sushi has nearly 100 restaurants operating in 8 countries, 70 of which are in English.
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The Australian share market has risen a little in opening trade despite US market again fell by between 5% and 6% overnight.
At about 10:15 the benchmark ASX200 index rose about 1.45%.
Before trading opened, the Australian flagship carrier Qantas announced it was suspending all international flights from the end of the month and will stand down two-thirds of the 30,000-strong work force without pay.
Qantas shares fell 4.35% in early trade.
Another company also flooded the market with associated coronavirus bad news, with at least half a dozen interesting previous profit forecasts and other reporting slower sales.
Still in the US and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has updated figures on Thursday March 18th. They are as follows:
A US Congress, Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican from Florida, has tested positive for coronavirus, said in a statement. “I feel much better,” he said. “However, it is important that everyone takes this seriously.”
I feel so much better. However, it is important that everyone takes this seriously and follow the guidelines to avoid the pain and reduce the spread of this virus. We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a nation during the try.
Tasmania will be a quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus from the Australian mainland.
This is the first time the border controls have been introduced between the Australian states, and especially extreme measure in a state whose economy relies heavily on tourism.
The main Tasmanian, Peter Gutwein, forld reporters in Hobart on Thursday that from midnight on Friday (AEDT), all arrivals to Tasmania – including Tasmania back to home -. must enter into 14-day mandatory self-isolation
The only exception is for essential services, such as health workers. The penalty for violating this mandatory self-isolation is a fine of up to AUD $ 16,800 (£ 8366) or six months in jail. Gutwein said:
I think it is an extra layer of protection in Tasmania. It will be, in Tasmania, the strongest border measures in the country in terms of state and territory …
But I want to make it clear as well: every Tasmanian been able to return. If they come home after midnight on Friday, they will need to go to a two-week quarantine.
This is what has been implemented nationwide since Monday.
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The Ministry of Health of Costa Rica has announced the country’s first death from Covid-19.
A man 87 years old who are in intensive care in Alajuela, Costa Rica’s second largest city, died at 4:15 (CST) on Wednesday.
President of the country, Carlos Alvarado, expressed solidarity with the man’s family and urged Costa Rica to react to the government’s suggestion of social distance.
Death came as the Central American countries announced the largest daily increase in cases :. up 19 to 69 on Wednesday
The primary fallecido COVID por-19Hoy, hace pocos minutos, el primer Registra se fallecimiento de Paciente confirmado COVID por-19. Se Trata de un hombre de 87 años de Edad y que se encontraba internado en cuidados intensivos en el Hospital de Alajuela.
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Mauritius has confirmed the first three cases of coronavirus, the island nation’s government said.
It concerns three citizens of Mauritius who has traveled back to Mauritius recently aged 21, 25 and 59 years, respectively. Two have been working on cruise ships and one from England.
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