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JUST IN: Israel Confirms Its First Case Of Coronavirus

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The virus was confirmed in a citizen who flew home from Japan earlier this week after being quarantined on the stricken cruise ship Diamond Princess.

“One of the passengers who returned home from the cruise ship in Japan tested positive in a checkup by the health ministry’s central laboratory,” a ministry statement said.

The statement added that the other dozen Israeli passengers who had flown home had all tested negative.

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COVID-19: Americans To Get N441,000 Each As Trump Signs Historic $2.2 TRILLION Financial Stimulus Bill

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President Donald Trump on Friday signed the $2.2 trillion (N827 trillion) financial stimulus package to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

This came hours after the country’s House of Representatives approved the bipartisan bill, which the Senate passed on Wednesday.

U.S. is currently the hardest-hit country in terms of the COVID-19 infections, accounting for no fewer than 99,000 cases.

Under the law, the government will make direct payments totaling $290 billion (N109 trillion) to Americans earning below $99,000 (N37 million) per annum.

They are expected to get directly get up to $1,200 (N451,000) each, in addition to $500 (N188,000) per child.

On Wednesday, a record 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits amid massive job losses occasioned by the pandemic.

The package includes the payment of another $260 billion (N97 trillion) to jobless and laid-off workers for up to four months.

Small businesses with less than 500 employees and airlines will get a total of $881 billion (N331 trillion) as soft loans to cushion the economic effect of the virus.

In brief remarks, after the signing at the White House in Washington, Trump thanked “Democrats and Republicans for coming together and putting America first”.

He said the package would pave way for economic recovery in the U.S., adding that the country would have “a tremendous rebound’’.

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Over 70,000 Chinese Recover From Coronavirus

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The People’s Republic of China now has the highest number of recoveries from the Coronavirus infection, totaling 74,588.

China has a record of 81, 340 covid-19 cases, latest figures posted by Worldometer revealed this on Friday.

Meanwhile, Italy has 10,950 recoveries out of 84498 Covid-19 cases in the country while 2447 Americans have recovered out of 93,881 case, according to Worldometer figures.

The World Health Organization (WHO) had said that China’s recovery from Coronavirus pandemic, provides hope for the entire world.

The U.S President, Donald Trump also said he was keeping in touch with China’s leader, as his country continues to battle the pandemic.

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9,444 Health Workers Treating Patients In Spain Infected With Coronavirus

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Spain’​s coronavirus death toll has risen by 769 in the country’s largest single-day surge, with reports saying 9,444 health workers treating patients have also tested positive for the virus and bringing the total number of deaths to 4,858.

The Spanish health ministry announced the latest figures on Friday, adding that 64,059 people were now infected with the virus, up from 56,188 over the past 24 hours.

Among these confirmed cases, it said that 9,444 health workers had also tested positive for coronavirus.

Only Italy has lost more lives following the outbreak of Covid-19, having reported 8,215 deaths to date.

Spain ranks fourth for the number of confirmed cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The country’s rate of infection has increased by a fifth and almost 27,000 people are currently being treated in hospital.

In Madrid, the country’s worst-affected region, an ice rink has been converted into a morgue while Real Madrid have said their Santiago Bernabeu stadium will be used to store medical supplies.

On Thursday, Spain extended its coronavirus lockdown for another two weeks until 11 April. Under current rules, people are banned from leaving home except for buying essential supplies and medicines, or for work.

Amid a global shortage in protective equipment, the Spanish government said it was fighting a “war”.

“We are in a real war to get hold of ventilators, face masks and quick test kits,” budget minister Maria Jesus Montero said on Thursday. “All the countries are fighting to secure domestic production, fighting to get supplies from China.”

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