Smart production lines are operating at full speed at a household supply company in Nanxun district, Huzhou, east China’s Zhejiang province for orders of memory foam pillows and electronic mattresses, April 3, 2020. Photo by Li Zeming, People’s Daily Online
Smart production lines are operating at full speed at a household supply company in Nanxun district, Huzhou, east China’s Zhejiang province for orders of memory foam pillows and electronic mattresses, April 3, 2020. Photo by Li Zeming, People’s Daily Online

The world is now in a battle against COVID-19, a disease caused by a previously unknown coronavirus that has spread to over 200 countries and regions.

The following are the updates on the contagious disease.
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OTTAWA — The Canadian Parliament passed on Saturday what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the country’s most significant economic program since the World War II.

In a rare Saturday sitting — during the Easter long weekend with only a handful of parliamentarians present to avoid the large gatherings now prohibited across Canada — members of both the House of Commons and Senate, from all political parties, agreed to support the government’s 52-billion-U.S.-dollar-wage-subsidy program that will cover 75 percent of earnings up to about 42,000 U.S. dollars, retroactive to March 15 and up to June 6.
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WASHINGTON — There is “an even greater need for closer and more effective global cooperation” as COVID-19 has disrupted the global supply chain, Chinese ambassador Cui Tiankai has said.

“I think this is something our economists really have to look at. But I believe, you see, so far the virus has moved much faster than any shift in the supply chain. You have to recognize this,” Cui said in an interview on April 3 with Ian Bremmer at weekly digital and broadcast show Gzero World, which was aired nationally on Saturday by American Public Television.
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WASHINGTON — The number of COVID-19 cases on USS Theodore Roosevelt, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, has risen to 550, the U.S. Navy said on Saturday.

In an update, the U.S. Navy said 92 percent of the USS Theodore Roosevelt crew members have been tested for COVID-19, with 550 positive and 3,673 negative results, and that a total of 3,696 sailors have moved ashore.
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NEW DELHI — India has recorded 31 new deaths and 827 new cases due to the coronavirus on Sunday, according to the federal health ministry.

The death toll reached 273 and the total number of confirmed cases stood at 8,356, with 7,367 active cases in the country.
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WASHINGTON — The United States and China have to facilitate bilateral cooperation on combating COVID-19, which is affecting over 180 countries and regions, to save the future of the global community, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai has said.

“Let’s work together to respond to this global crisis, to save people’s lives, to save the future of global economy, and to save the future of the global community. This is our paramount task,” Cui said in an interview on April 3 with Ian Bremmer at weekly digital and broadcast show Gzero World, which was aired nationally on Saturday by American Public Television. Enditem

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