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Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: March 25

(Update, adds information from WHO, the US, the Vatican, France, Finland, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean)

Miami Desk, Mar 25 (efe-epa).- Here is a roundup of stories around the world related to the coronavirus pandemic:

WHO: World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday that more than 460,000 confirmed coronavirus cases have been detected worldwide and more than 21,000 people have died.

US: The United States asked Saudi Arabia to take action to calm the world energy and financial markets in the face of the economic “uncertainty” created by the coronavirus crisis amid the oil price war between Riyadh and Moscow that has sent crude prices plunging.

US: The New York state government on Wednesday criticized the White House for allowing the state to be the one receiving the second-least amount of funding to alleviate the impact of the spread of Covid-19. The state is slated to receive $3.1 billion, some 1.9 percent of the total budget, from Washington and 48 other states will receive more funding than that, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s communications director, Dani Leve, said.

US: The Univision television network reported Wednesday that it has closed its main building in Miami after two workers tested positive for the coronavirus. The Spanish-language TV network said it would move its operations to a smaller building it has elsewhere in the Miami area, from which it broadcast all its programs up until 2013 and where it still has fully operational studios.

THE VATICAN: A Vatican official living in the residence of Pope Francis has been hospitalized and isolated after testing positive for the coronavirus, which in Italy has killed more than 7,500 people, according to the Italian daily Il Messaggero. This is the fourth coronavirus case registered at The Vatican.

FRANCE: France announced that it will withdraw its troops stationed in Iraq after the decision by the international coalition to “provisionally” suspend the mission to train that country’s security forces because of the coronavirus crisis.

FINLAND: The Finnish government announced Wednesday that it will prohibit people from entering or leaving the Uusimaa region, where Helsinki is located, for at least three weeks and ordered the closure of all local leisure spots to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The move affects some 1.7 million people, about 30 percent of Finland’s population.

CANADA: The Canadian government ordered all travelers returning to Canada from abroad to be placed in isolation. The country currently has 3,281 cases of Covid-19, 489 of them detected in the past 24 hours, along with 30 deaths.

BRAZIL: Brazil raised its death toll from the coronavirus to 57 on Wednesday, 11 more than the day before, and has decided to use chloroquine to treat critically ill patients, starting immediately. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil stands at 2,433 and has been increasing at “more or less” the same rate over the past few days, Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said.

ECUADOR: About 1,000 people have been arrested in Ecuador for failing to abide by the 15-hour daily curfew implemented on Wednesday running from 2 pm through 5 am, the latest measure to limit the spread of the coronavirus. A total of 1,211 confirmed cases have been registered in the country, along with 29 deaths.

CHILE: Chilean Health Minister Jaime Mañalich announced that a health and home isolation cordon will be imposed on seven districts within Santiago where the majority of the confirmed Covid-19 cases are located.

ARGENTINA: Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced the suspension of all returns of Argentines or foreign residents who are presently abroad and have asked to come back to Argentina. State-run Aerolineas Argentinas and other airlines had been operating special flights to bring part of the 45,000 citizens abroad back home.

PANAMA: Panama is testing an artificial intelligence system that conceivably can detect in just one or two minutes the coronavirus in infected individuals. At least 443 people have acquired the virus in Panama and eight people have died.

EL SALVADOR: At least 600 people have been “detained” in El Salvador and sent to “containment centers” for allegedly not abiding by the obligatory home quarantine decreed last weekend by the government of Nayib Bukele to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

CARIBBEAN: St. Kitts & Neves and the British Virgin Islands reported their first cases of the coronavirus – two each – making them the final Caribbean territories to report infections.

MALI: Mali has recorded its first coronavirus cases after two citizens tested positive. One of them was a 49-year-old woman who arrived in the country on 12 March from France where she had also tested positive but decided to flee.

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