The rapidly spreading pandemic of Covid-19 coronavirus infections around the world remains the greatest public health threat in the world for a generation.
The number of infections and deaths increased rapidly and on Friday it was confirmed that more than 5,429 people had died worldwide, including 11 in the United Kingdom.
These are the latest pandemic updates in the world.
More mass gatherings
Mass gatherings in the UK may be banned next week.
A government source said that BBC ministers were making plans similar to those seen in Scotland, where rallies of more than 500 people will have to be canceled.
This will affect sports and concerts and other gatherings. It is understood that the purpose of prohibiting large group gatherings is to reduce the pressure on the emergency services.
Airline staff at risk of losing their jobs
British Airways will cut jobs and cut flights because it sees a sharp drop in demand due to the coronavirus.
Boss Alex Cruz wrote a note to staff titled “The Survival of British Airways” in which he described it as a worse crisis than SARS or 9/11 and said the job cuts may be long term .
Ryanair also told staff that it may have to take leave without pay as it cancels flights.
Countries around the world are putting in place isolation measures for newcomers
New Zealand is the latest country to announce restrictions on newcomers.
Anyone entering the country will have to isolate themselves for 14 days under the restrictions, which will be a serious blow to the tourism industry. Cruise ship arrivals are also suspended.
“We have to go strong and we have to go early,” said Prime Minister Jacqui Adern. Malta has also introduced 14-day isolation periods for new arrivals.
The World Health Organization wants countries like the United Kingdom to go further
The Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (WHO), urged countries to go further in the fight against Covid-19.
Describing Europe as the new epicenter of the epidemic, he said: “More cases are now being reported [in Europe] every day than what had been reported in China at the height of its epidemic. “
Dr Tedros said that countries should not choose between testing, self-isolation and social distancing, but do everything to stop the pandemic.
The UK has not introduced mass testing and has so far introduced only limited social distancing.
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Infections in Europe soar
Italy currently has the most cases outside China with at least 17,660 infections and 126 deaths, followed by Spain with 5,232 and 133 deaths, Germany with 3,675 and France with 3,667, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Other European countries are seeing cases soar. Switzerland currently has 1,125 cases, followed by Sweden with 809, the Netherlands with 804 and Denmark with 788.
Iran is the country in the world with the third highest number of infections with 11,364 and 514 deaths.
UK could be added to US travel ban
Donald Trump says the UK could be added to a list of countries banned from traveling to the United States for the coronavirus.
The UK and Ireland were exempt when the President announced earlier this week that he would not allow people from 26 European Schengen countries to enter America for 30 days.
Asked why, Trump said, “It was recommended to me by a group of professionals and we are looking at it based on the new numbers coming out.” We may have to include them in the countries we want, you can say ban or anything during this period. “
Huge numbers will be infected
“When the virus is there, the population has no immunity and no therapy exists, so 60 to 70% of the population will be infected,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday at a press conference. in Berlin.
Mortality rates are still under debate by experts, but with a consensus of around 1%, such an infection rate would lead to millions of deaths worldwide, including thousands in Wales.
Cancellation of non-emergency hospital care in Wales
Health Minister Vaughan Gething said non-emergency ambulatory and surgical care will be suspended in Wales to allow the Welsh NHS to prepare for an increase in the number of patients with coronavirus.
It occurs after the confirmation of 13 new cases of Covid-19 in Wales. The total number of cases in Wales is now 38.
Gething said government needs to act because the worst-case scenario would see 20,000 to 25,000 people in Wales lose their lives due to the coronavirus.
There are now 38 cases of coronavirus in Wales
In the United Kingdom, there are 798 cases and 11 deaths. The map below shows the location of cases diagnosed in Wales so far.
America declares a national emergency
President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency over the coronavirus.
This means that the federal government can access up to $ 50 billion (£ 40 billion) in emergency relief funds, and speed up health care and crisis response tests.
There are 1,701 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the United States and 40 deaths.
Several US states have banned large rallies, sporting events, and closed schools.
Trump will not be tested
The President has been questioned repeatedly on whether he will be tested for the coronavirus after three members of a Brazilian delegation he met in Mar a Lago tested positive for Covid-19. One of them shared a table with Mr. Trump.
At a press conference, the president said he could be tested. However, the White House said it would not.
All youth and adult football in Wales has been canceled
The decision was made by the FAW and harmonizes grassroots football with professional football.
All leagues have been canceled.
Global stocks regained some of their losses on Friday after Thursday’s huge crash
On Friday, stocks on the UK markets rose 2.5% on average.
But in America, Wall Street stocks on the top three U.S. indices jumped more than 9% at the end of the day after President Trump announced a national emergency.
Thursday had witnessed the biggest losses on Wall Street since 1987.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised against all but essential travel to certain parts of Spain
Several regions of Spain have been designed as areas of community transmission of coronavirus by the British government.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all but essential travel to Madrid and La Rioja, as well as to the municipalities of La Bastida and Vitoria (both in the Basque Country) and Miranda de Ebro.
Flights to Spain continue, however.