Coronavirus update 18 April: WHO defends China’s new Wuhan death toll | ABC News

A second US citizen who travelled on the Ruby Princess has died from COVID-19. The 64 year old man fell ill on his way home to California after travelling on the cruise ship last month.

Also in this update:

0:30 Deb Chalik, US lawyer representing the man’s family gives details about their experience on the Ruby Princess

1:34 The cruise ship Artania is expected to leave Fremantle today. The ship has been docked in the West Australian port for weeks, with the State Government saying it is directly responsible for 79 cases of coronavirus in WA.

2:00 The Queensland Government is offering $200 million to help keep Virgin Australia flying. The airline has asked for a $1.4 billion bailout from the Federal Government to help it through the coronavirus pandemic. The money would be subject to the airline keeping its headquarters in Brisbane.

2:30 More than 150,000 people have died around the world from COVID-19. More than a fifth of global deaths are in the United States, where more than 35,000 people have died.

2:50 Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has announced Victoria has recorded another 17 cases of COVID-19.

3:15 The World Health Organisation has defended China over accusations that the country has attempted to cover up its reporting of the coronavirus outbreak. Officials in the city of Wuhan, where the global pandemic began, yesterday reported an increase of fifty percent in coronavirus fatalities taking the death count to 3,869.

4:02 Indonesia has surpasses the Philippines to become the country with the most COVID-19 cases in South-East Asia. A further 47 cases were detected in the last day, taking the country’s total to just below 6,000.

4:27 Swedish officials have defended the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic arguing that it is a “myth” that life in Sweden has continued as usual. Sweden – where schools, restaurants and shopping centres remain open has been under intense international scrutiny for its approach to dealing with the pandemic.

5:06 With cities around the world in lockdown, there has been many reports of wildlife reclaiming urban areas. In Lebanon, flocks of migratory birds have returned to the capital Beirut, with storks, pelicans and herons flying along the city’s waterfront.

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