Good evening. Here are the most important national and international stories of the day concerning the coronavirus pandemic.
- Confirmed cases of coronavirus jumped to 1,333, an increase of 234 on the previous day, although the number of deaths has still not increased beyond 8.
- We created some new graphs on the number of tests per capita in various countries to complement yesterday's visual piece on the spread of coronavirus in Luxembourg.
- Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Minister of Health Paulette Lenert held a joint press conference in which they dispelled the rumour that lower case confirmations on weekends are due to decreased testing. You can find our live ticker coverage of their briefing here.
- There has been a 25% surge in internet use during the crisis, as the new government-sponsored online shopping platform corona.letzshop.lu has racked up over 1,000 orders already.
- As new emergency health centres opened in Ettelbruck and at the Rockhal, over 8,000 healthcare professionals and 2,000 volunteers have registered for service with GovJobs.lu, while dentists have been asked to donate masks.
- There has been high demand for chloroquine in the Grand Duchy's pharmacies, but a new study has found that the anti-malarial drug is no more effective than standard treatment for the coronavirus.
In Wednesday's international developments:
- Global coronavirus cases have stand at 441,187, with 19,784 deaths and 111,933 recoveries. You can find more detailed statistics here.
- Spain overtook China as the country with the second-most deaths from coronavirus, while the World Health Organisation warned that the 'whole of humanity' is at risk.
- The heir to the British throne Prince Charles tested positive for the virus, as over 170,000 Britons signed up for the country's new volunteer force in the first 24 hours.
- There were new fears over the spread of coronavirus in Europe's largest migrant camp in Lesbos, and in refugee camps in northern Syria.
- The neighbouring Grand Est region of France reported 407 deaths as a 28-year-old from Nice became the youngest French victim of the new disease.
- War-torn Libya announced its first case, as Panama became the latest Latin American country to enter a full lockdown, and India adjusted to life under quarantine.
That's all for today's evening roundup. You can find more of today's stories on our live ticker.
We hope you're managing to keep yourselves entertained indoors, and for any young budding artists out there, Luxembourg artist Ben Carter has created a new children's colouring competition.
Thanks for tuning in,
- The RTL Today team.