World coronavirus dispatch: The geopolitical consequences of the pandemic

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Travellers wearing protective gear are seen at a check-in counter at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport. Photo: Reuters
China's new coronavirus cases fall; eyes now on the northeastern province: China on Sunday reported 16 new coronavirus cases but no deaths, while authorities remained on guard against a major resurgence and monitored the spread of cases in the Heilongjiang province.

Let’s look at the global statistics:

Total confirmed cases: 2,347,875

Change over previous day: 5,60,109

Total deaths: 161,402

Total recovered: 604,311

Nations hit with most cases: US (735,287), Spain (195,944), Italy (175,925), France (152,978), and Germany (143,779)

Source: Research Center

Trump warns China could face consequences for virus outbreak: US President Donald Trump on Saturday warned China that it would face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for the coronavirus pandemic, as he ratcheted up criticism of Beijing over its handling of the outbreak.

Migrant workers bear the brunt of coronavirus pandemic in Gulf: Crammed into work camps, stood down from their jobs, facing high rates of infection and with no way home, hundreds of thousands of migrant workers are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic in West Asia, migrant advocates and diplomats say.

Spanish PM promises to ease confinement of children: Now Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez aims to relax the restrictions on 27 April so they can “get some fresh air”. Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, who has young children herself, this week pleaded with the government to allow children outside. Spain has seen more than 20,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic and almost 200,000 reported cases.

Vietnam garment makers hung out to dry as global orders vanish: Vietnam's textile sector is reeling from a sudden loss of orders that could be catastrophic to many garment makers, with industry leader Vinatex contemplating a furlough for up to 50,000 workers.

Japan's coronavirus total surpasses 10,000 as Tokyo adds 181 cases: Japan’s Covid-19 infections broke the 10,000 mark on Saturday just days after a nationwide state of emergency was declared. The total reached around 10,100 by Saturday afternoon (excluding cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantine). Tokyo, which has more infections than any prefecture, logged 181 new cases on Saturday, the metropolitan government said after reporting a single-day high of 201 on Friday.


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