Coronavirus Global Update

BBC World Service

Since Mar 2020·8 episodes

A daily round-up on the spread of the coronavirus, with reports from affected areas, details of the latest medical information and the impact on health, business and travel.


17 hours ago
The coronavirus pandemic is going to get “worse and worse” if certain governments do not take decisive action to curb the spread of the disease, the World Health Organisation has warned. Also: Latin America becomes the second worst-hit region for COVID-19 deaths and Florida sets a new record for ...
1 day ago
Five countries account for half the world’s total of 13 million recorded cases. Also: President Trump is seen wearing a mask for the first time in public, and a family of Bollywood stars test positive for COVID-19.
3 days ago
Bill Gates says coronavirus drugs and eventual vaccines must go to the needy not the highest bidder; All university exams in the Indian capital Delhi are cancelled to stop the spread of the disease, and Disney World in Florida reopens -- despite the recent surge in infections and deaths in the St...
4 days ago
More than 63,000 coronavirus cases were registered on Thursday according to Johns Hopkins University, and some intensive care units reach capacity. South Africa has also hit its highest single day increase, and Barbados tempts homeworkers.
5 days ago
The UK based charity says the pandemic is disrupting food supplies and aid. Also: the WHO announces a review of the global response to Covid-19, and the number of new cases in Tokyo has reached a record high, as Japan prepares to relax some restrictions.
6 days ago
Vice President, Mike Pence, said more than 39 million people had been tested. Also: the WHO acknowledges emerging evidence that the coronavirus can be spread by tiny air particles, and crowds in Serbia storm parliament to protest about a new curfew.
7 days ago
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for coronavirus. Meanwhile, Australia places Melbourne under 6-week lockdown. And Spanish study casts doubt on herd immunity feasibility.
8 days ago
Public spaces have been shut indefinitely, as Israel grapples with the spread of infections. Meanwhile, Australia has closed the border between two states as cases rise there. And the Louvre Museum in Paris reopens after four months.
9 days ago
There are more than 50,000 cases in Gauteng which is the country's economic powerhouse. Also Britain celebrates the 72nd anniversary of the National Health Service - which has faced the most challenging year in its history with the battle against Covid-19, and an Indian man buys a gold face mask ...
10 days ago
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, says it's the biggest step so far to recovery. Also two hundred thousand people are put back into quarantine in a region of Spain and Sri Lankan police patrol to enforce the wearing of facemasks in public.
11 days ago
The number of infections in Israel and the occupied West Bank has reached its highest point since April. Meanwhile, India records its highest single-day spike in cases. And the isolated residents of a US care home have received thousands of letters, thanks to a viral post on Facebook.
12 days ago
Unemployment has fallen after a massive rise in April when lockdowns were introduced. Also: Mexico's virus-related deaths have risen to over 28,000, and the African Union warns of the pandemic's impact on tourism.
13 days ago
The US has struck a near-exclusive deal to buy Remdesivir for the next three months. Also: global lockdowns cause layoffs in the aviation sector, and the mayor in Colombia who reported his own son from breaching restrictions.
14 days ago
European Union diplomats suggest member states allow visitors from 15 non-EU countries. Also: South Korean officials conclude the idea of a community forming herd immunity is "wishful thinking", and doctors in Afghanistan say their healthcare system is being over-run.
15 days ago
The World Health Organization says the virus has a "lot of room to move" after the number of people who died from COVID-19 passed the 500,000 mark. Also: mental health experts call for former patients to be tested for post traumatic stress disorder and the Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, asks fo...
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