UPDATE: Coronavirus cases surpass 230,000 globally

By Fabian Sutch-Daggett - World Healthcare Journal

There have been more than 30,000 new cases of coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, as governments across the globe scramble to enact new measures to fight the virus. Here are the latest coronavirus developments from around the world:

  • Italy has now surpassed China’s coronavirus death rate, reporting a total of 3,405 fatalities. China has so far reported 3,249 coronavirus-related deaths at the time of publication, with no new domestic cases recorded today - a first since the outbreak began. China still holds the highest current amount of confirmed cases.

  • Iran is set to pardon more than 10,000 prisoners in an attempt to stop the virus spreading through the countries prison system. COVID-19 has already caused 1,284 deaths in the country, with the Iranian government reporting that one person dies of coronavirus-related causes every 10 minutes in the nation.

  • Cases of coronavirus in Spain have risen by more than a quarter in 24 hours, with current confirmed cases now reaching 17,395. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez earlier this week announced that the country would be providing a €200 billion relief package to fight the virus, which he called “the greatest mobilization of resources in the country’s entire democratic history. ”

  • The Federal Ministry of Defence in Germany today announced that they plan to mobilise reserve armed forces to help combat the spread of coronavirus within the country. This follows German Chancellor Angela Merkel calling the COVID-19 pandemic “The biggest challenge for Germany since WWII. ”

  • The Queen has addressed the UK regarding the coronavirus outbreak, promoting solidarity and urging the nation to unite against the threat of coronavirus. "At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation's history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal." This comes as Prince Albert of Monaco has tested positive for Coronavirus - the first Monarch in the world to report contracting COVID-19.

  • The Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson, appearing alongside the Chief Scientific Advisor Professor Patrick Vallance and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, announced their aim to “turn the tide” on coronavirus within 12 weeks.

  • The US government is currently preparing for the coronavirus pandemic to possibly last longer than 18 months, and "include multiple waves of illness," according to a report from CNN. The current confirmed cases in America has now reached more than 10,755.

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