Coronavirus Update: Lockdowns in California, Taiwan Closes Borders, Today is World Happiness Day

By Anna Breuer on 20 March 2020
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IN BRIEF

Happy World Happiness Day. Ironically, today is World Happiness Day, which may be hard to believe for some.  The world’s happiest country as per the U.N. World Happiness Report, Finland, with a population of 5.5 million in 2019, has only 450 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and has reported no deaths from the virus. The world’s second and third happiest countries, Denmark and Switzerland, with 2019 populations of 5.8 million and 8.8 million, have reported 1,226 and 4,905 confirmed cases respectively.  See our report on World Happiness Day for further details.

Meanwhile, the global death toll climbed to over 10,000 and restrictions on travel mounted.

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES

The number of coronavirus cases across the globe is now 255,890, of which 89,918 have recovered.  The death toll now stands at 10,495.

China, which had reported zero new cases for several days, reported 30 new cases and three deaths.  Out of a total of 80.967 cases, only 6,569 are active.

The number of known Covid-19 cases in the United States is now 14,439, up by 650 as testing in the country expands and a backlog of test results was released.

CORONAVIRUS NEWS

03-20 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told the state’s 19 million residents to stay home as much as possible and told non-essential businesses to keep their workers at home.

03-20 The first-ever virtual round of the Nürburgring Langstrecken-Serie or Endurance Series will start Saturday, March 21, at 1 p.m. CETwith a four-hour race in the Grüne Hölle, or Green Hell. Among the more than 50 cars in the field that are split into four classes will be two BMW Z4 GT3s driven by BMW drivers Jens Klingmann and Martin Tomczyk.

03-20 Residents in Freistaat Bayern, the German state of Bavaria, are being asked not to leave their homes except for an essential reason such as grocery shopping or caring for a relative.

03-20 Bentley Motors said it will suspend production at its factory in Crewe for four weeks.

03-20 The United States extended the deadline for tax filing from April 15, 2020 to July 15.

03-19 Taiwan plans to shut its borders to foreigners in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the government there announced.

03-19 California extended “shelter-in-place” rules to the entire state. The governor said that people in the state should leave their homes only for “essential business.”

03-19 The U.S. State Department issued a Level 4 warning that Americans should not travel abroad and that citizens who are already abroad should return home immediately or prepare to stay where they are for an indeterminate period of time.

03-19 Vaccine trials are taking place in the United States and Europe, although health experts say that an effective vaccine against Covid-19 is 12 to 18 months away.

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