(Reuters) – The world’s richest nations poured unprecedented aid into the global economy as Coronavirus
cases ballooned in the new epicentre, Europe, with deaths in Italy outstripping those in mainland China, where the virus originated. DEATHS, INFECTIONS – The virus has infected nearly 253,000 people across the world and the Death
toll exceeds 10,400. – For an interactive graphic tracking global spread: open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser EUROPE – The death toll in Italy leapt by 627 to 4,032, an increase of 18.4% – by far the largest daily rise in absolute terms since the contagion emerged a month ago. – Spain said it would turn a Madrid conference centre into a giant military hospital for coronavirus patients, as Europe’s second-worst outbreak claimed another 235 lives. – France reported 78 new deaths on Friday, taking the total to 450, an increase of 21%. – As many as 300,000 European Union citizens are seeking repatriation, notably from Latin America and Southeast Asia. – Britain has asked 65,000 former nurses and doctors to return to work and will also deploy final-year medical students. It has banned the parallel export of 80 crucial medicines to protect supplies. – Germany may enforce a nationwide curfew if the country’s 83 million people fail to keep their distance from each other this weekend. – Russian scientists have begun testing prototypes of potential vaccines on animals, Russia’s consumer health regulator said on Friday. – European Union…
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