International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva announced a US$50 billion aid package for countries to help fight the coronavirus and stimulate their economies

By Ian Horswill


Posted on March 5, 2020

Even James Bond is no match for the coronavirus, COVID-19, the contagion that is sweeping across the world.

The new James Bond movie No Time to Die has had its release date pushed back to the end of the year.

With China, Iran, South Korea and a large swathe of Italy locked down and the coronavirus continuing to spread, No Time to Die had an international release date of 2 April and a US Easter weekend global release day of 10 April.

No Time to Die will be released in the UK on 12 November 12 with worldwide release dates to follow, with a US launch on 25 November.

No Time to Die is actor Daniel Craig’s final movie as James Bond. In total the last four Daniel Craig 007 movies Spectre, Skyfall, Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale have grossed US$3.2 billion, with Skyfall (2012) being the highest grossing James Bond movie in the 58 years of the character’s movies.

With the number of deaths attributed to Covid-19 increasing in Australia, Iran, Iraq, Italy and the US, the countries of Poland, Morocco, Andorra, Armenia and Argentina all confirmed their first cases of the virus in the past 24 hours. There are more than 93,000 cases of Covid-19 around the globe, with the overwhelming majority in China. A total of 81 countries have coronavirus.

James Bond, coronavirus

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva announced a US$50 billion aid package for countries to help fight the coronavirus and stimulate their economies. This follows the World Bank announcing a US$12 billion program to help poor nations deal with the health and economic consequences of the epidemic.

Central banks across the world are trying to stimulate the economies. The Reserve Bank of Australia, the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of Canada announced 50 basis point cuts. US politicians have agreed to provide US$8.3 billion in emergency aid.

Italy, where there are 3,089 infections and 107 Covid-19 deaths, will shut all schools and universities from Thursday for 10 days to try and help contain coronavirus. All professional sports in Italy, including Serie A football matches, will be played behind closed doors for a month.

“This virus is not SARS, it is not MERS, and it is not influenza,” World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing in Geneva. “The nature of this virus means we have an opportunity to break the chains of transmission and contain its spread.”