Latest on the coronavirus: New York becomes the US epicenter of the disease

The U.S. House of Representatives will begin debate on a $2.2 trillion coronavirus aid bill on March 27 as virus cases in the country rose to the highest in the world.

Mainland China reported its first locally transmitted case in three days, while India slashed interest rates.   

Deaths, infections

Almost 531,500 people have been infected globally and over 24,000 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Europe

  • The coronavirus death toll in Italy rose by 662 to 8,165 on March 26.
  • The number of cases in Italy's northern region of Lombardy increased by some 2,500, a steeper increase than in previous days.
  • Spain extended its lockdown to at least April 12, as the death toll rose to 4,089.
  • German hospitals with spare capacity will take in at least 47 coronavirus patients from Italy in a sign of European solidarity.
  • Another 115 people have died in the United Kingdom after testing positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to 578.
  • Britain has placed an emergency order of 10,000 ventilators from Dyson.
  • Switzerland's infections topped 10,000 as the government pumped money into the economy and army medical units helped hospitals handle the spreading epidemic.
  • President Vladimir Putin said he hoped Russia would defeat the virus in two to three months, as authorities suspended international flights, ordered most shops in the capital to shut and halted some church services.
  • In Lisbon, a "drive-thru" clinic is performing five-minute swab tests through car windows on people with symptoms, as Portuguese authorities ramp up testing facilities.
  • Slovakia aims to sharply increase daily testing in the next few...
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