COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 12 January

SourceWorld Economic Forum
CountryMiddle east

This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected. Top stories: Need to follow public health measures more than ever, say WHO; Senegal's hospitals under pressure; new restrictions in China. 1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have now passed 90.8 million globally, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 1.94 million. Japan is set to extend a state of emergency to three western prefectures - Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo - according to reports. New Zealand will ask international travellers from most countries to show negative COVID-19 test results before boarding flights to the country. On arrival, travellers will still be tested and complete the 14-day compulsory quarantine period. Australia has recorded a handful of locally-acquired infections - one in Queensland and five in New South Wales.

Mexico has asked United States officials to extend restrictions on non-essential travel across their land border, due to the pandemic. Thailand has approved new measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including soft loans and a subsidy more...