Latest on the spread of the coronavirus: Worldwide deaths exceed 21,200

Coronavirus cases across the globe jumped on March 26 as Japan planned to set up a special virus task force and New Zealand went under lockdown.

The U.S. Senate unanimously backed a $2 trillion bill aimed at helping unemployed workers and industries hurt by the epidemic.  

More than 470,800 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus across the world and 21,221 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Infections have been reported in 200 countries and territories outside China.


  • Summer is unlikely to stop the spread of the virus, and every country in Europe is forecast to run out of intensive care beds by mid-April unless it acts fast.
  • European Union states need 10 times as much personal protective equipment and other medical devices than traditional supply chains can provide, an internal EU document showed on March 25.
  • Italy has seen more fatalities than any other country, with latest figures showing that 7,503 people have died from the infection in barely a month.
  • A person who lives in the same Vatican residence as Pope Francis has tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Spain's coronavirus death toll jumped by 738 overnight to 3,434 fatalities and exceeded that of China.
  • French health authorities reported 231 new deaths from coronavirus on March 25, taking the total to 1,331.
  • The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has risen to 463 as of March 25, while the total number of cases in the UK have risen to 9,529.


  • New York, experiencing more coronavirus deaths and infections than any other U.S. state, is showing tentative signs of slowing the spread of the virus.
  • New Orleans is on track to...
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