From 30 March 2020, the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has tightened quarantine in this country, reports Dunyo news agency.
International Monetary and Financial Committee Chair Lesetja Kganyago and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva issued the following statement following conference call of the International Monetary and Financial Committee.
More than 100 thousand people infected with COVID-19 fully recovered. This was announced by the head of the WHO Tedros Ghebreyesus at a briefing. He also said that in the near future, tests of drugs for the virus in humans will begin. But coronavirus continues its "procession" on the planet: the number of infections worldwide has exceeded half a million.
In direct response to the COVID-19 crisis the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board has adopted some immediate enhancements to its Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT) to enable the Fund to provide debt service relief for its poorest and most vulnerable members. The CCRT enables the IMF to deliver grants for debt relief benefitting eligible low-income countries in the wake of catastrophic natural disasters and major, fast-spreading public health emergencies.
The impact of COVID-19 and the oil price plunge in the Middle East and the Caucasus and Central Asia has been substantial and could intensify. With three-quarters of the countries reporting at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 and some facing a major outbreak, the coronavirus pandemic has become the largest near-term challenge to the region. Like much of the rest of the world, people in these countries were taken utterly by surprise with this development, and I would like to express my solidarity with them as they cope with this unprecedented health crisis.
Viruses that cause new diseases like COVID-19 are unpredictable. Their impact depends partly on population dynamics, partly on demographics and behavior, and of course on the nature of the virus itself. We don’t know the virus well enough to know what it will do next, or to say with certainty how we can best protect high-risk groups.
In an appeal issued on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged warring parties across the world to lay down their weapons in support of the bigger battle against COVID-19: the common enemy that is now threatening all of humankind.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and football’s world governing body, FIFA, agreed a four-year collaboration to promote healthy lifestyles through football globally.
Heads of state and government of the EU member states and countries associated with the European Union decided to follow the recommendations of the European Commission and introduce restrictions on entry for all non-mandatory trips to control the spread of COVID-19 from third countries to the EU with a preliminary validity of 30 days.