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German Coronavirus Cases rise by 19% to 16,662

According to the Robert Koch Institute of infectious diseases in Frankfurt, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has risen by 19.3% 2,705 within a day to reach 16,662. On 20 March 2020, confirmed cases stood at 13,957. A total of 47 people had died after testing positive, a Reuters report confirms.

COVID-19: 4.5 million people in China lost their jobs in 2 months

As is the human loss is not enough, at least 4.6 million people have lost their jobs in China in the first 2 months of 2020, with more job losses expected. The knock takes off from the 442.47 million urban employees in China as at December 2019. China’s economic indicators are pointing south as its GDP shed 20% in 2 months.

Positive COVID-19 Cases in South Africa Rise to 240

In a statement on Saturday, South Africa Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that 38 new positive cases of coronavirus were recorded, bringing the country’s total number of positive cases to 240. Of this number, the Eastern Cape Province recorded its first case of the novel coronavirus.

American Stocks Tumble on Coronavirus Outbreak

Wall Street had its worst week since the 2008 global crisis. As more workers are being ordered to stay home to contain COVID-19, investors have lost significant values within a week as the Dow Jones industrial index lost 913 points to close below 19174. The Nasdaq fell 271 points, and the S&P 500 fell 105. For the week, the Dow fell 17 percent, the NASDAQ dropped 12 percent, and the S&P 500 lost 15 percent.

Men More Vulnerable to COVID-19 in Italy

The coronavirus is affecting and killing more Italian men than women, statistics confirm. Some experts are warning that being male may be a risk factor for the illness, just as older age is. The Italian trend reflects what was also discovered in China, where men were more likely than women to die of Covid-19.

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