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European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde may have had some communication misfires at her last news conference but the overnight action from the ECB is being widely seen as the bank’s bid for a “whatever it takes” moment in the coronavirus era. The commitment to buy up assets worth 750 billion euros by year-end comes on top of the “mere” 120 billion announced last week and the 20 billion a month the bank is already feeding into the system. Added up, that’s 1.1 trillion euros for the year.

The phrase Corona virus on a banner with blurred Chinese flag on the background.

Also the open-ended commitment to “do everything necessary within the mandate” of the ECB to stabilise the situation. Although not quite as snappy as the three words her predecessor Mario Draghi uttered in 2012 to draw a line under the euro debt crisis, the message was clear. European shares edged up from near-seven year lows.

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There are almost 219,000 cases of coronavirus reported globally, and over 8900 deaths linked to the virus.

Over 20,000 cases were reported in the past 24 hours – a record high in daily new cases and over 5000 more than China reported during the peak of the virus in Wuhan.

One of the open questions in the coronavirus story is why there are relatively few infections and deaths in Germany. That could be because the outbreak there took off later than in France, Italy and Spain. In any case, the past 24 hours saw a big leap upwards in Germany with 2801 new cases – roughly a third in a single day. The total increased to 10,999 cases while 20 patients died.

The United Kingdom is bracing for the virtual shut down of London as underground train stations across the capital close and Prime Minister Boris Johnson mulls tougher measures to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

After finally ordering the closure of schools across a country that casts itself as a pillar of Western stability, Johnson has said the government – initially reluctant to go down the social distancing route – was ruling nothing out when asked whether he would bring in measures to lock down London.

More than 100,000 Rohingya live in Malaysia after fleeing from Myanmar, but they are considered illegal immigrants, which would likely make many of them reluctant to identify themselves to get tested for the coronavirus even if they showed symptoms, other sources in the Rohingya community said.

This update highlights the challenge for governments trying to track the virus among communities living without official papers and wary of authorities.





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