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Coronavirus Global Update

Author: BBC World Service

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A daily round-up on the spread of the coronavirus, with reports from affected areas, details of the latest medical information and the impact on health, business and travel.
15 Episodes
Brazil has recorded its highest number of new coronavirus cases in a single day. Also: South Korea is shutting more than eight-hundred schools, and the Boston Marathon has been cancelled for the first time.
The Premier League re-start date is set for June the 17th, subject to government approval. Also: US pandemic jobless claims top 40 million, and BBC Proms goes virtual.
However the number of new infections is slowing and the economy is beginning to reopen. Also: Britain's testing and tracing system launches, and Rugby League in Australia is restarting.
United Nations research says one in six young people out of work due to pandemic. Also European Commission outlines an 800-billion dollar proposal to build EU economies. And England's top football clubs agree to resume contact training.
The WHO's Pan American Health Organization says it's worried about the rapidly spreading outbreaks in Brazil, Chile and Peru. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has arrested 40,000 people over the past two months for breaking lockdown rules. And the state of New York starts to re-open some businesses.
President Duterte says without a vaccine, the risk to children is too great. Also, the New York Stock exchange trading floor re-opens. And wanted in Britain -- the plasma of Covid-19 survivors.
Health officials say an "abundance of caution" is necessary, after a recent study suggested the anti-malaria drug could lead to more deaths among COVID-19 patients. Meanwhile, the US state of California will let shops and places of worship re-open, albeit with restrictions. And Haiti braces for a spike in cases.
The Japanese PM says it got the outbreak under control in less than two months. Also: Germany stumps up $10bn to bail out the airline Lufthansa, and the curators documenting Covid-19 for future generations.
Cyril Ramaphosa says the risk of a COVID-19 resurgence has never been greater, as the country prepares to lift its curfew next week. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defends his top adviser, who is accused of breaking lockdown rules. And as India restarts domestic flights, each state has its own quarantine measures for travellers.
The Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, said the US and China should work together. Also, The New York Times devotes entire front page to victims of Covid-19 and Eid celebrations under lockdown.
Saudi Arabia, Turkey and others order a complete lockdown during this festival, which is traditionally a time for feasts and gift-giving. Meanwhile, Russians begin to question the accuracy of their country’s official death toll. And Mexican officials say drug cartels have been less active under the lockdown, though murders are on the rise.
President Kenyatta said funding would help vulnerable families, tourism and agriculture sectors. Also: one of the world's biggest car hire firms, Hertz, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US, and La Liga football season can resume next month.
The WHO says many countries in the region have seen a worrying rise in cases. Also: a study says hydroxychloroquine increases the risk of patients with Covid-19 dying from the disease, and the mystery of the Paris park pandemic lock-picker.
Aid agencies say there's a shortage of equipment and oxygen. Also, India records its highest daily increase in cases and researchers in the UK begin a trial using immunotherapy.
Introducing a podcast rounding-up the latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world, with reports from affected areas and details of the latest medical information.
Comments (14)

Tim Stinson

This should be the Coronavirus / bash the US update. We get it, you don't like the US. Get over it and just report about the virus.

May 24th

Dominique Leib

I'm calling bullshit on that dream 😒

May 1st


This podcast is slightly helpful for those of us who can only listen to podcast and not read articles due to working. However, it is very short, and the summary in the beginning is just about as in depth as the rest of the podcast, so it feels redundant. There is also often super long empty air time at the end, which is really annoying when I want my next podcast to play but cannot hit the next button due to work. Cut out the empty space at the end and it is a very brief look at the situation globally. They do mention what Trump says a little more than necessary considering more important facts they could be stating, but otherwise it seems fair and reasonably unbiased.

Apr 30th
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Apr 22nd

Gene Moroney

Offset o

Apr 17th


What happened to the PM's "good spirits"?

Apr 7th
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Artemis Nelson


Mar 22nd

Edmond Williams

The only good thing about it, it keeps me up to date daily.

Mar 21st


Please use more appropriate titles. Not such clickbait in this time of need.

Mar 20th


Is it just me or did this episode have an entire minute of silence at the end?

Mar 20th

Armando Hernandez-ruelas

what about the mexico border???

Mar 16th
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