Coronavirus and other news

Happiness! A pod of Irrawaddy dolphins spotted swimming near Koh Chang

IT SEEMS nature is not just taking back cities emptied by the coronavirus pandemic with marine life too fully enjoying the sudden human withdrawal as shown by a school of Irrawaddy dolphins spotted happily swimming near Koh Chang island, off eastern Trat province’s coast, Sanook.com reported today (27.4.2020).

The fourth Marine National Park Operation Centre in Trat said in its Facebook post dated April 24 that after the pandemic broke out the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation ordered closure of tourism nationwide.

Fund moves to expand rice for fish barter strategy nationwide

AS Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak is giving importance to reviving the economy at the grassroots level in face of the coronavirus pandemic, the National Village and Urban Community Fund Office is now quickly pushing the barter of goods between communities across the nation such as rice for fish, PostToday reported today ( 27.4.2020).

The Deputy Premier has set his sights on driving the local economy to reduce dependence on exports and sees that this fund, with its 12.9 million family members, is an important mechanism to spur to domestic economy.

PM Prayut tops coronavirus poll

AN opinion survey held by Super Poll and participated by 1,551 Thais nationwide placed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the top of five big names in the government for resolving the Covid-19 outbreak giving him 35.7%, INN News reported today (26.4.2020).

The first of five big names from billionaires and important people those surveyed liked for helping resolve the coronavirus problems is Dhanin Chearavanont of CP Group with 22.4%.

More Thai workers wade home from Malaysia

Narathiwat – Thais workers stranded in Malaysia are still keen on returning home by natural routes with 25 more caught wading across a shallow point of Sungai Kolok River this morning (26.4.2020) and although immediately rounded up by Thai officers, they thanked them for taking good care of them, PostToday reported.

Early this morning Colonel Ekapol Leknok, task force commander of 48th Ranger Regiment, together with other senior officers patrolled and laid in wait at the three-kilometre-long  Bureng community on the Thai bank of Sungai Kolok River after being tipped off that more Thai workers stuck in Malaysia are going to cross over via natural routes after Malaysia extended the coronavirus lockdown.

Election Commission official infected with Covid-19

THE Office of the Election Commission of Thailand (EC) announced today (25.4.2020) that one of their officials has been confirmed to have been infected by the novel coronavirus with this person being asymptomatic and without any record of having traveled overseas, Sanook.com reported.

This official, who handles legal affairs at the Office of Investigation and Litigation, was confirmed to have been infected yesterday after being found to be so during active testing at a National Housing Authority block of flats on Chang Wattana road in Laksi district.

Friendly barter: Northern rice for southern salted fish

IN a sign of changing times Karens living on the hills in northern Thailand sent seven tons to rice to the Sea Gypsies living in Phuket’s Rawai village who in turn sent them a ton of salted fish with the northerners saying this transaction is to help the southerners and not focus on the value, PostToday reported today (25.4.2020).

Mr  Somsak Senapornphrai thanked the Karens for every grain of rice and said it will be distributed among Sea Gypsies in many areas.

Big battle to put out landfill fire in Pathum Thani

Pathum  Thani – A landfill fire that had been controlled yesterday again flared up today after dangerous gases deep in the big dump ignited leading to thick smoke covering the area and people forced to wear masks for protection, PostToday reported.

At 12.30 pm today Pathum Thani’s Deputy Governor  Chathip Rujarseri and other senior officials inspected the blaze at this five-rai rubbish dump in Soi Klong Sam, Klong Luang district, and found that firemen had to take turns to continuously fight the blaze. He instructed officials of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation to use all possibly ways to extinguish it.

33 Thais caught illegally wading across the river to Thailand

Narathiwat – Rangers rounded up 33 Thais who were caught trekking through a shallow point of Sungai Kolok River from Malaysia to Thailand with the whole party being fined for illegal entry and to be quarantined for 14 days, PostToday reported this morning (24.4.2020).

Three companies of rangers who had been ordered by their Task Force Commander Colonel Ekapol Leknok to patrol and waylay any suspects in Bureng community, stretching across three kilometres on the Thai bank of Sungai Kolok River, caught this party of 33 Thais as they were crossing over to Thailand through the natural riverine route.

Lockdown a boon for Koh Samet

THE coronavirus pandemic has not just led to eerily deserted cities but has also emptied popular tourist destinations with the ever popular Koh Samet off Rayong coast certainly being among them, Sanook.com reported this week.

An inspection found that the amid the back luck brought on by the lockdown is a glimmer good fortune because it has led to the popular Hat Sai Kaew beach and the others at Ao Luk Yon, Ao Prao and Ao Khai bays having turned ever so beautiful with the seawater now very clear as nature has got an opportunity to recuperate and restore its natural balance.

Hospital director wants to turn abandoned airport into ‘Camp Covid’

THE director of a hospital in Bangkok suggested in a Facebook post that an abandoned airport be rented out and turned into a high-end disease control and tourism zone for one to three years until a vaccine against the novel coronavirus is produced, PostToday reported this morning (23.4.2020)

Maj Gen Dr Rienthong Nanna, director of Mongkut Wattana Hospital, said in his post such a centre will be another option for tourists flying to Thailand.

Southern border checkpoint shut again as Thai Lion Air gears up to resume flights

SUPREME Commander Gen. Pornphiphat Benyasri ordered the closure of Sadao checkpoint on the Thai-Malaysian border from midnight tonight till April 29 after an immigration police officer and a police detective got infected with the coronavirus, INN News reported this afternoon (22.4.2020).

In another development, Thai Lion Air announced this afternoon that it is ready to resume flights within the country from May 1 onwards, Thai News Agency reported.

Chuan’s wife blasts four tax thieves

DEMOCRAT Party members are busy searching for four swindlers identified with their initials by former prime minister and House Speaker Chuan Leekpai’s wife in a harsh expletive-ridden Instagram post which has now been removed, PostToday reported this afternoon (22.4.2020).

Mrs Phakdiporn Sutcharitkul hurled curses at the four individuals in a message she shared via Instagram, under her account name  @manuj_mae.

 

Infection highest in service sector as focus falls on foreign workers

AN analysis of Thailand’s coronavirus patients shows that the majority are from the service sector while the government is also moving to scan foreign workers after seeing a big jump of infections among Singapore’s migrant workers, PostToday reported this afternoon (21.4.2020).

Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said this analysis shows that the number of Covid-19 patients in the service sector totaled 395, followed by 308 cases among private business operators, 235 factory workers, 176 entertainment workers and 164 students.

Young woman in hot water over disorderly giveaway

PUBLIC-SPRITED philanthropists be warned that just helping the less fortunate among us without proper supervision during the current coronavirus pandemic can land one in deep trouble to go by the case of a young woman who is facing charges for doing just that recently, Sanook.com reported today (21.4.2020).

Plubplachai 2 police said they had taken the young woman to the public prosecutor to file charges for giving away goods to the homeless on Krung Kasem road near Hua Lamphong station on April 12 without arranging proper social distance leading to a risk of infection spreading.

Govt’s new giveaway: 100 minutes of free mobile phone calls for 45 days

IN a new move to reduce the expense for the public during the current coronavirus pandemic the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) joined hands with all mobile phone networks to introduce 100 minutes of free calls for 45 days with registration taking place during May 1-15, PostToday reported this afternoon (20.4.2020).

Mr Takorn Tanthasit. secretary-general of the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, said all five mobile phone networks have agreed to cooperate and help lift the burden of mobile users with the procedure being to dial*170* followed by the user’s ID card number with the giveaway kicking in as soon as confirmation SMS is received.

Transgender pretty’s house burgled for the third time

LAMENTING his bad luck was well-known “pretty” product presenter Mr Phatrakorn Kamlangsup, or Pippo TV Pool, 35, whose house in Ratttanathibet area of neighbouring Nonthaburi province was burgled for the third time on Sunday, Sanook.com reported today (20.4.2020).

When police are arrived they saw clear signs of a rear window of the two-storey wooden house having been pried open from the outside. Stolen was a large bag containing a Buddha image and several amulets worth over 10,000 baht.

 

Central gearing up to reopen stores on May 1

GETTING ready to reopen its branches on May 1 after being ordered temporarily closed as the country’s fought the coronavirus pandemic is Central Department Store which has sent a letter to its business partners to also start preparing, PostToday reported today (19.4.2020).

The letter importantly stressed that the partners make sure their sales workers are in good health in accordance to the requirements stated within an attached code of conduct guidelines and send them to report themselves on April 28.

 

Spokesman blasted for ‘not realizing people are starving’

ATTACKED for allegedly not realizing that people are hungry and starving was Dr Thaweesin Wissanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, who had earlier criticised a large crowd milling around close to  each other to get donations at Wat Don Muang without leaving appropriate social distance, Sanook.com reported today (19.4.2020).

Dr Rawat Wisarutwej, former director of the Department of Medical Services, lambasted Dr Thaweesin in a Facebook post for allegedly not realising the truth, which is that people are starving to death.

Foreign media still playing up false ‘infection by dead body’ report

FOREIGN media have not let up on a false hair-raising account that a Thai had been infected by the dead body of a coronavirus patient even through the Public Health Ministry has confirmed that this is not true, Voice TV reported today (18.4.2020).

ABC News website became the latest major media outlet to write about a letter to Editor of the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine that a Thai forensic official had died after handling the body of a coronavirus victim under the headline, “Coronavirus’ reach from beyond the grave: Deceased body transmits Covid-19.”

Oxford University launches largest coronavirus drug trial

AN article published by The Oxford Blue newspaper today (18.4.2020) says the prestigious university has recruited 5,000 patients at 165 NHS hospitals around the UK to test how effective current drugs are in treating coronavirus infection.

Click here to read this important report.

Khon Kaen Hospital builds cheaper isolation stretchers

WITH the price of imported isolation stretchers badly needed to move coronavirus patients being very high Khon Kaen Hospital has created a Thai-made one which is four to five times cheaper, PostToday reported this morning (18.4.2020)

As imported isolation stretchers cost as much as 300,000 to 500,000 baht each, this hospital’s medical engineering team worked hard and successfully built one with local materials and equipment for only around 50,000 baht.

Para-rubber pillow manufacturers badly hit by pandemic

Trang – A para-rubber pillow manufacturer in this southern province has been so badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic he is dumping  a large stock piled up since January at cost price to get some liquidity, PostToday reported today (17.4.2020).

The Rubber Cooperative Bann Nong Krok, which is a member of the Rubber Authority of Thailand and is the only factory in Trang transforming latex into para-rubber pillows for sale within the country and overseas markets, is one of 40 such factories nationwide badly impacted by the ongoing pandemic.

Trucks barred from entering Bangkok while border crossings reopen tomorrow

NATIONAL police chief, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda signed a regulation published by the Royal Thai Government Gazette website this morning (17.4.2020) forbidding all types of trucks from coming into Bangkok during April 18 to 30 to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic, according to Sanook.com.

Meanwhile the Interior Ministry has alerted all provincial governors that 23 border checkpoints in 21 provinces will be reopened tomorrow, Saturday April 18, including the five Thai-Malaysian border crossings to allow Thais to return home, Thai News Agency reported.

Ministry to start hunting for patients in Klong Toey and Bang Khen

UPON seeing the success in Phuket the Public Health Ministry is now going to launch carpet, or saturation, coronavirus tests to find patients in two Bangkok districts – Klong Toey and Bang Khen, Thai News Agency reported this afternoon (16.4.2020).

Dr Anupong Suchariyakul, a senior expert at the Public Health Ministry’s Department of Disease Control, said both types of tests, real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and the rapid variety, will be used in Bangkok after active targeted testing in Phuket had led to the number of cases increasing substantially.

Big hike! Gold prices rise by 200 baht this morning

THE first round of gold prices announced at 9.35 a.m. this morning (16.4.2020) saw a big jump of 200 baht in the local market, Sanook.com reported while also asking its readers whether they had got their profit yet.

Buying price of one baht weight ornament gold was fixed at 25,529.00 baht while selling price 26,700.00.

At the same time buying price of an equal weight of gold bars was set at 26,000.00 baht while selling price 26,200.00.

 

Rush to sell gold leads to dire liquidity crunch at shops

As gold prices held steady this morning (15.4.2020) after hitting an over seven-year high the previous session, Thai gold shops are in a bad shape after a big flood of sellers triggered a liquidity problem with some pondering temporary shut down or asking their clients to accept payment  later, Jitti Tangsitpakdi, chairman of the Gold Traders Association was quoted as saying by Rakha Thong Kham Wan Nee website.

Adding to the liquidity problem of Thai gold businesses is that exporters have not been able to sell gold overseas being hampered by many countries having locked down and airlines halting flights.

 

Bangkok Land boss Anant Kanjanapas dies of old age

BANGKOK Land Plc plunged into mourning after the company’s big boss Anant Kanjanapas died of old age at 80 in Bangkok Nursing Home Hospital (BNH) yesterday,  Sanook.com reported today (14.4.2020)

His family said they would be performing funeral rites for Anant after the lockdown is over with an announcement to be made later.

PM urges Asean leaders to launch special ‘coronavirus’ fund

THE Asean video conference summit got under way this morning (14.4.2020) with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha suggesting that five measures be adopted to battle against the coronavirus pandemic with one being the establishment of “Asean Response Fund,” PostToday reported.

Speaking to the Asean leaders from Government House, Gen Prayut mentioned that leading private sector research institutions such as McKinsey project that global GDP will shrink by 1.5% this year but if the pandemic drags on it could plunge by as much as 4.7%.

Hundreds flock to ministry after cash handout rejection

HUNDREDS of people who were refused the 5,000 baht a month coronavirus cash subsidy swarmed the Finance Ministry today (13.4.2020) to find out why they had been rejected, PostToday reported.

Out of the latest total of 27 million people who had registered at the website www.เราไม่ทิ้งกัน.com for the cash handout to self-employed and laid-off people affected by this dire pandemic, lasting six months, the officials had checked the qualifications of 7.99 million applicants, approved 1.68 million of them and reject 4.78 million.

2 more coronavirus deaths and 2 additional cases in Phuket

TWO more persons infected with the novel coronavirus died in Thailand over the past 24 hours talking the toll to 40 with there being additional 28 cases raising the total of 2,579, spread across 68 provinces, Sanook.com reported this afternoon (13.4.2020).

Meanwhile the popular resort island Phuket also announced today that two more Covid-19 cases had been found, one through proactive tests, pushing the total during March 5 to April 12 to 178, PostToday reported

News of Thai newborns protected with visors spreading like wildfire

TAKING the world by storm is a report of a Bangkok hospital putting plastic face shields to protect newborn babies from coronavirus, PostToday reported this morning (12.4.2020).

Reporters and photographers of international news agencies such AFP and Reuters took photos of newborn babies at Rama 9 Hospital in Bangkok wearing these tiny visors leading to media outlets across the globe excitedly spreading the news.

Pandemic kills 3 more Thais while 4 rounded up in Phuket

THE coronavirus pandemic claimed three more lives in Thailand over the past 24 hours, raising the toll to 38, while the number of cases increased by 33 to 2,551, spread across 68 provinces, Sanook.com reported at 11.30 a.m. today (12.4.2020).

Meanwhile authorities in the popular southern holiday island Phuket rounded up four more Covid-19 patients, two of them pro-actively, with all having had close contacts with previous verified cases, PostToday reported this morning.

Farmer forced to dump shrimp at low price

WITH much of the world locked down as the coronavirus pandemic spreads far and wide farmers have been heavily impacted with one of them who raises shrimp for export today (11.4.2020) selling a ton of her stock at a steep discount of 250 baht a kilogramme, down from 450 baht, in Ratchaburi province, PostToday reported.

Ms Pornchanok Tungburana, the owner of Pornchanok shrimp farm in this central region province, was seen briskly selling a tankful of shrimp loaded on her pickup truck in front of the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives branch at this low price.

Over 2,000 die in US in a single day while 2 more die in Thailand

IT was sad day for US yesterday (10.4.2020) when it became the first country in the world to record over 2,000 deaths from this deadly infection in a single day while in Thailand two more persons died taking the toll to 35 and the addition of 45 cases raised the total to 2,518.

Figures from Johns Hopkins University show 2,108 people died in US the past 24 hours while there are now more than half a million confirmed infections, BBC said.

Meanwhile global cases reached at least 1,696,139 and global death at least 102,669, CNBC reported.

Govt to brainstorm private sector on Songkran Day

THE Federation of Thai Capital Markets Organization (FETCO) said today (10.4.2020) that the government has called a large group of private sector entities to the first meeting on working out ways to handle the coronavirus pandemic and reviving the economy on April 13, Songkran Day, PostToday reported.

Paiboon Nalinthrangkurn, FETCO chairman, said in a Facebook post that his organization will suggest that the government start preparing an exit strategy in advance to prevent turmoil and confusion as occurred when the lockdown was initially introduced while also working out ways to open up the economy and deciding when this should be done.

150 Saudi royals infected as one more person dies in Thailand

AS the number of global cases of the novel coronavirus rose to almost 1.6 million cases today (10.4.2020) with over 95.000 deaths, and Thailand recording an additional 50 cases and one more death, fear gripped Saudi Arabia after around 150 members of the Saudi royal family got infected with the deadly virus.

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman — the 34-year-old heir widely considered the real power behind the throne — and his ministers have been placed in quarantine for safety near the Red Sea, while his father, King Salman, 84, is in precautionary isolation near the city of Jeddah, New York Post quoted the New York Times as saying.

BMA getting ready to ban alcohol sales during April 10-20

BANGKOK Metropolitan Authority spokesperson Pol Capt Phongsakorn Khwanmuang said today (9.4.2020) that an announcement banning the sale of alcohol during April 10-20 by general shops or shops allowed to sell type 1 and type 2 liquor according to the Excise Tax law will be issued before the day is out, Channel  3 Thailand News reported.

Curfew not being extended as 2 more patients die

PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (9.4.2020) ruled out the extension of the 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew while getting ready to release more professions from the ongoing lockdown.

At 12.30 p.m. today Dr Thaweesilp Wisanuyothin, the spokesperson of the Anti-Covid-19 Pandemic Committee, said while Prime Minister Prayut decided to not extend the curfew at today’s meeting of this special panel, he urged the public to strictly follow all emergency measures, PostToday reported.

Gold seen soaring to $5,000 in medium term

WITH cities empty as the coronavirus rages across the globe, most people are not just focusing on survival but also their financial future, yet this could be put on sounder footing with investment in gold as suggested by an expert who sees it reaching $5,000 an ounce in a few years.

Kitco News quoted John Butler, author of “The Golden Revolution,” as saying that gold prices could climb to $5,000 in a few years as loose monetary and fiscal policies drag on to cope with the impact of Covid-19 and also to go by its historic performance during periods of declining economic growth

Trump pressure leads to India partly lifting malaria drug export ban

THE coronavirus pandemic appears to have triggered a global battle for badly-needed medicine and medical supplies with the latest skirmish, between US and India, ending today (7.4.2020) after the latter partly lifted a ban on export of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which has not yet been proven to effectively treat the deadly coronavirus infection.

US President Donald Trump had threatened to retaliate if India did not export the drug to US despite his personal request over a phone call to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, IndiaToday reported.

Dr Supavud: Likely jump in tourism in H2 will alleviate GDP slide

RESPECTED economist Dr Supavud Saicheua said in a recent Voice TV streaming television channel that even though the Thai economy is projected by Kiatnakin Phatra Research to slump by -6.8% this year, it is hoped that the situation will improve in the second half leading to 15 million tourists flocking to Thailand which would strengthen the country’s strongest economic engine.

Focusing on the Thai government’s handling of the dire coronavirus crisis, about which he has written a book entitled “Beating Covid 19” to help the public better understand the pandemic amid a flood of information pouring in everyday, Dr Supavud said tourism is the only engine running well with the others just staying stationary.

Dire warning from Trump and some travel tips

THE coronavirus death toll continues to rise reaching at least 64,606 worldwide today (5.4.2020) and we should all pray for the victims and do our best to cooperate with our government in fighting this deadly virus wreaking havoc everywhere.

US President Donald Trump honestly warned Americans that there will likely be a big spike in coronavirus fatalities in the coming days, as the country faces what he called the toughest two weeks of the pandemic, Reuters reported.

However it is important to remember that not all air travel can be put off and those who absolutely have to fly and have been checked that they are healthy enough to do so plus can actually find an airline to take them to their destination could follow some tips published by American website  Fm100.com to stay safe

A chocolate shop becomes a news site

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Free ebooks to chase away the lockdown blues

WITH metropolises eerily empty as billions of people across the world are locked away at home, life can become really tedious despite having work and household chores to do, and while it’s great having television for entertainment one can really watch it for a certain length of time.

A good way to break the monotony is to read a good book, but as many people would not want to buy one with their income at risk, fortunately there some free downloadable books available.

Food supply fears as coronavirus pandemic rages on

With global coronavirus cases reaching over 1,016,000 cases today (3.4.2020) and at least 53,100 patients dead, a key issue is food security and adequate food supplies across the world as lockdowns disrupt logistic networks.

While battling this deadly pandemic, governments also have to focus on the outbreak disrupting global food supplies and causing labour shortages in agriculture worldwide, as reported by Reuters today.

While there are reassurances by the authorities and food firms that panic buying is nearing an end and supplies will be replenished, the key issue is the logistics of getting the food to the plate.

Luxury Swiss hotel has set up ‘quarantine apartments’

DESPITE a recent dire warning by World Travel and Tourism Council that the coronavirus pandemic could lead to 50 million job cuts in the global travel and tourism sector, an uplifting report today (2.4.2020) that a Swiss hotel is selling luxury quarantine with a $500 coronavirus test shows that there is a way out even in the worst circumstances.

Le Bijou, a luxury Swiss hotel brand, has adapted to the pandemic and innovatively unveiled “quarantine apartments,” CNBC reported.

A stay in one of the apartments ranges from $800 to $2,000 per night.

 

American health-care workers told to keep mum as another doctor dies

EVEN as the number of coronavirus patients jumped to 872,912 globally today (1.4.2020) with 43,271 having succumbed to this disease and 184,588 recovered, many doctors have died battling this pandemic while American health-care workers are being pressured to keep silent about their working conditions.

The grim tally in US today, 188,592 cases with an increase of 62 over the past 24 hours and 4,056 deaths with an addition of 3, raises dire concerns with the administration of US President Donald Trump warning on Tuesday that in the best case scenario between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans are still expected to be killed by COVID-19, according to Yahoo News and Worldometers.info.

Here in Thailand there were an additional 120 cases overnight taking the total of 1,771, and two more deaths pushed up the tally to 12.

 

More coronavirus deaths as governments battle on

GRIM is the situation in most parts of the world where the coronavirus multiplies so rapidly that even some doctors and medical staff treating patients have died.

In Thailand today (31.3.2020), the addition of 127 cases took to total to 1,651 while the sad death of yet another patient pushed the tally of those who have succumbed to this disease to 10.

US recorded its deadliest day since the outbreak yesterday (30.3.2020) with the death toll of 540 moving up the total to over 3,000 with the number of cases rising to 163,000, ChannelNewsAsia quoted Reuters as saying.

People listen from their homes as priests conduct Sunday mass from the roof of the church San Gabriele dell’Addolorata in Rome on March 29.Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images and published by CNN

Economies to go into a ‘deep freeze’

With the total number COVID-19 patients reaching 723,000 worldwide today (30.3.2020) and the death toll climbing to 34,018, global economies are in for some tough times with most like to plunge into a “deep freeze,”
one analyst told CNBC.

 

CoronavirusAbove: 3D print of a SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—virus particle. The virus surface (blue) is covered with spike proteins (red) that enable the virus to enter and infect human cells. The spikes on the surface of coronaviruses give this virus family its name – corona, which is Latin for “crown,” and most any coronavirus will have a crown-like appearance. For more information, visit the NIH 3D Print Exchange at 3dprint.nih.gov. PHOTO: NIH (CC BY 2.0)

The scary coronavirus pandemic got scarier today (29.3.2020) with global death toll reaching at least 30,982, and cases across the world adding up to 669,310.

The five countries in worst shape are United States (124,686 cases), Italy (92,472), China (82,061), Spain (73,235) and Germany (58,247).

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of 6:20 p.m. Beijing time and reported by CNBC.

Click link to the CNBC report:

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/29/coronavirus-latest-updates.html

Empty HighwaysEmpty highways leading to Minneapolis during the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreeak on St. Patricks Day 2020. PHOTO: Chad Davis (CC BY-SA 2.0)