Latest on the coronavirus: Wuhan reports no new infections for first time
Beijing saw a record number of imported coronavirus cases, data released on March 19 showed, as new local transmissions in China fell to zero, putting more pressure on the capital to screen out infected passengers and isolate suspected cases.
The figures showed that for the first day since the virus took hold late last year in Hubei province's capital of Wuhan that China has recorded no locally transmitted cases.
The total number of confirmed cases in mainland China stands at 80,928, with the overall death toll at 3,245 as of the end of March 18, up by eight from the previous day.
Deaths and infections
- The virus has infected more than 212,000 people across the world and the death toll has exceeded 8,700 in 164 nations.
- All 50 states in the United States have reported cases and the total number of known U.S. infections closing in on 8,000. The U.S. death toll has climbed to at least 151.
- The United States and Canada closed their shared border to "non-essential traffic" on March 18 to curb transmission of the coronavirus.
- More than 60,000 homeless people could become ill with the coronavirus in California over the next eight weeks, badly straining the healthcare system.
- Mexico registered its first death from coronavirus on March 18.
- Canada has decided to provide an $18.6 billion aid package directly to affected families and businesses.
- Chile declared a 90-day state of catastrophe on March 18.
- Brazilian retail, transport and manufacturing were hammered, and the government stopped accepting Venezuelan refugees at the border.
- Peru's President Martin Vizcarra restricted overnight movement...