(Reuters) – Here’s what you need to know about the corona virus:
$ 2 trillion to fight the “strange and evil” crisis
After bitter negotiations, the deeply divided U.S. Senate unanimously supported a $ 2 trillion bill on Wednesday to flood the economy with cash to curb the effects of an escalating epidemic that Chuck Schumer, leader of the minority democratic group Senate, has termed “strange and nasty disease”. “The massive bailout package, which would be the largest ever passed by Congress, will go to the House of Representatives on Friday.
Time-out in the US-China guilt game before the G20 summit
China and the United States have agreed to put their differences aside before an extraordinary G20 summit to discuss corona virus-fighting efforts, the South China Morning Post reported, citing a diplomatic source who started the preparatory talks between the two Countries.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s allegations that China is delaying the exchange of information about the virus and his reference to the corona virus as a “Chinese virus” – a term that President Donald Trump has often used – has angered Beijing.
The G20 summit will be held on Thursday via video conference chaired by Saudi King Salman.
According to Reuters numbers, counted Thursday at 2:00 p.m. GMT, there are over 470,000 cases of coronavirus in 200 countries and areas. Ninety of these places have 100 cases or more.
The deaths associated with the virus rose by 2,400 to more than 21,000 worldwide. Italy had the most daily numbers with over 680 deaths.
The United States has replaced Italy as the country that reports the most new cases. It now accounts for around a third of all new cases reported on the previous day, with almost 15,000 infections and over 260 new deaths, resulting in a total of over 67,800 cases.
The disease has killed more than 900 people in the United States and the death toll is expected to soon exceed 1,000. Many of the infections focus on New York State, where over 20,000 cases and around 280 deaths have been reported.
Go now, Australia says cruise ships
Australia ordered two cruise ships to leave their waters on Thursday after a liner that moored in Sydney Harbor last week became the main source of infection for the country’s coronavirus outbreak.
Cruise ships have become a focal point after 147 of 2,700 passengers allowed to board Ruby Princess from Carnival Corp. later tested positive for COVID-19, a mistake that highlighted the official tensions overcoming the crisis.
Another carnival ship – the Diamond Princess – was in the spotlight in February when hundreds were infected on board and became the largest cluster outside of China.
Did you know about St. Corona, patron saint of the epidemics?
Aachen Cathedral in Germany has unearthed the relics of the little-known Saint Corona, the patron saint of epidemics, from its treasury and is polishing its ornate shrine to show it after the end of the coronavirus pandemic.
Even before the Corona virus broke out, the cathedral had planned to show the shrine of St. Corona this summer as part of an exhibition on gold crafts.
Corona is said to have been killed by the Romans around 1,800 years ago at the age of 16 because of their commitment to the Christian faith. According to legend, she suffered a particularly painful death, which was tied to two curved palm trees and torn apart when the trunks were released.
“This is a very cruel story and has led to it becoming the patron saint of lumberjacks,” said Brigitte Falk, head of the treasury of the Aachen Cathedral.
(Reporting by Cate Cadell; Compiled by Karishma Singh)