The total number of coronavirus cases worldwide has exceeded two million, and more than 133,000 of them have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
President Donald Trump is expected to announce guidelines on reopening the county’s economy on Thursday. Germany has announced the first steps to ease its lockdown.
The head of the World Health Organization said he regretted Trump’s decision to end the organization’s funding, but called for global unity to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the global economy is expected to contract 3% this year – the sharpest contraction since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The G20 countries agreed to suspend debt payments owed to them by the poorest countries in the world.
Here are the latest updates:
Thursday April 16
01:38 GMT – South Korea ruling party poised for overwhelming victory
The ruling Democratic Party (PD) in South Korea is expected to achieve an overwhelming victory in the parliamentary elections, according to preliminary results, according to a victory for local media which shows significant support for President Moon Jae-in’s efforts to combat the coronavirus.
The PDD and its ally are expected to secure 180 seats in the 330-member assembly, Yonhap news agency quoted the electoral authorities as saying. The main opposition United Future Party is expected to win 103 seats, he added.
The preliminary participation rate stands at 66.2%, the highest in 28 years.
South Korea has registered a total of 10,613 confirmed infections and 229 deaths from the coronavirus to date. In February, it experienced the largest epidemic outside of China, but it contained the virus through a program of mass testing and careful contact tracing.
|South Korea ruling party sees big gains in legislative elections (2:28)|
01:26 GMT – China reports new cases of local transmission in Beijing
Chinese health officials are reporting 46 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, including 34 imported and 12 domestic transmissions.
Of the 12 local cases, three are in the Chinese capital, Beijing, five in Guangdong province and four in Heilongjiang province.
There are no new cases in Hubei, the province once the epicenter of the Chinese epidemic.
00:10 GMT – Asia’s economic growth “will fall to zero for the first time in 60 years”
The IMF says the coronavirus pandemic is likely to block economic growth in Asia for the first time in 60 years.
“These are very uncertain and difficult times for the global economy. The Asia-Pacific region is no exception. The impact of the coronavirus on the region will be serious in all areas and unprecedented, “said Changyong Rhee, director of the IMF. Asia and the Pacific Department.
Governments must provide targeted support to the hardest hit households and businesses, he said, adding that the crisis requires “a comprehensive and coordinated political response”.
– IMF (@IMFNews) April 16, 2020
The zero growth projection for Asia is worse than the region’s average growth rates of 4.7% during the 2008 global financial crisis.
Hello, I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives, with Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. You can find all of the updates from yesterday April 15 here.