COVID-19: >168,209 Cases; Overseas Cases/Deaths Surpass China's

Source: People's Daily, Xinhua, China Daily, Global Times, CBS, iFeng, Baidu, Global  News Agencies, Majdi


Italy Announces 368 More Coronavirus Deaths

Italy on Sunday announced 368 new deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll in the country to 1,809, according to Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli.

Speaking at a press conference in Rome, Borrelli went on to reveal that the total number of positive cases registered in Italy reached 24,747 on Sunday, with an increase of 3,590 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours.

Top 30 Infected Countries by Population Percentage

While the total number of infections in every countries was the main index discussed since the outbreak of COVID-19, we thought of compiling a list showing the top infected countries/regions by the number of total infections by population percentage, the results are quite eye-opening. We will publish the complete list of countries soon; follow our official account from the QR in the below chart. 

CoronaVirus Globally Worsening

Confirmed cases of coronavirus outside China rose by 10,955 to 72,469, death toll rose by 333 to 2,531, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest daily situation report.

As of 10 a.m. CET (0900 GMT) on Sunday, the total number of infections around the world is 153,517 with 5,735 deaths recorded.

Beijing to Quarantine All International Arrivals

Beijing will implement strict quarantine measures for international travelers arriving in the city, according to local authorities on Sunday.

From midnight Monday, a 14-day quarantine in a designated facility will be applied to all international arrivals in the city. However, home quarantine is permitted for people with special conditions following a strict evaluation by local authorities.

Beijing reported five new imported cases of COVID-19 on March 14, among which three are from Spain, one from Italy and another from Thailand, an official said at a press conference. 

Spain Reports 2,000 New Cases, >100 deaths

Spain reported about 2,000 new coronavirus cases and more than 100 deaths over the last 24 hours.

The new figures raise Spain's number of COVID-19 infections to 7,753 - and its death toll to 288 - after the government imposed a near-total nationwide lockdown, banning people from leaving home except to go to work, get medical care or buy food.

A Rush of News

Morocco government suspends all international flights. 

The tomb of Imam Reza in Iran's holy Shia city of Mashhad has been closed to pilgrims until further notice. 

The UK has advised against all but essential travel to the United States. 

Vittorio Gregotti, an Italian architect who designed the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics stadium, died at the age of 92 after catching the novel coronavirus. 

Brunei said its citizens and foreign residents in the country are barred from leaving. 

Greece said it would ban road and sea routes, as well as flights to Albania, North Macedonia. It has also decided to ban flights to and from Spain to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Nike to close all stores in US, many other countries. 

Vietnam's health ministry said all passengers coming from or through China, South Korea, the UK and Schengen countries will be compulsorily quarantined for 14 days and tested for coronavirus.

Austria's Tyrol province is ordering a lockdown to fight the coronavirus, initially for one week.

Giorgio Valoti, the 70-year-old mayor of Cene, a town in the Italian province of Bergamo, died from the new coronavirus in hospital as his condition worsened on Thursday.

Kazakhstan declared a state of emergency. 

Australia to require self-isolation (14 days) of all international arrivals.  

Begona Gomez - the wife of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez - was diagnosed with coronavirus.

Germany's borders to Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and France will be closed from 8:00 a.m. local time on Monday to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus , according to local media reports.

Russian Railways will suspend international passenger trains to Latvia, Ukraine and Moldova from March 17. 

Iraqi government restricts movement in Baghdad for nearly a week. 

Colombia will block entry for all non-residents and require residents who enter the country to self-isolate for 14 days beginning on Monday 

Countries Confirming First Case/Death

Hungary government confirms first death from coronavirus. A 75 year-old Hungarian national died shortly after being hospitalised with severe pneumonia and a suspected coronavirus infection. 

Equatorial Guinea reports first case, a 42-year-old woman who flew back to the capital Malabo from Spain on March 13. 

Republic of Congo reports first coronavirus case. 

El Salvador declares state of emergency over coronavirus. 

Uzbekistan confirms first case of coronavirus. 

Lebanon Announces Two-Week Lockdown

Lebanon has closed its airport, borders and ports for two weeks starting Sunday until March 29 at midnight to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country, Information Minister Manal Abdul Samad said in a press conference on Sunday in Beirut. People are obligated to stay in their homes unless there is an "extreme necessity," the minister said.

The government is banning public and private gatherings and government offices will be closed except for security, health and service offices, according to Abul Samad. All private commercial companies, except for food production-related ones, were also instructed to close, the minister said.

Pope Walks Through Rome's Empty Streets and Prays for An 'End to the Pandemic'

Pope Francis walks down an empty street in the Rome on March 15. Vatican Media/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis left the Vatican on Sunday to walk through Romes empty streets to pray for an "end to the pandemic," according to a Vatican news release.

During his walk the Pope visited "two important pilgrimage sites in Rome to pray for the city and the world," the release said.

The first site is the ancient icon of Maria Salus Populi Romani at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, and the other at the foot of a wooden crucifix that protected Rome from a great plague.

South Asian nations discuss ways to tackle virus outbreak

Leaders of South Asian countries discussed ways to cooperate in tackling the spread of the new coronavirus in the region with India offering to contribute to an emergency fund.

Over video conference, the leaders from the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) were able to discuss their plans.

The group includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. These countries together are home to about a fifth of the world's population.

Americans returning from abroad face hours-long lines at US airports

Thousands of Americans returning home faced cramped arrivals halls and hours-long waits for the Trump administrations new coronavirus screenings at some of the busiest airports in the country, sparking some worry that it could further the spread of the virus.

Trump last week banned most Europeans from visiting the United States for 30 days in a bid to contain the virus. The unprecedented restrictions created chaos at European airports as Americans raced to get home before airlines canceled flights and European countries take their own drastic measures to fight the illness. 

Returning American citizens and permanent residents would face enhanced entry screening where the passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities, the Department of Homeland Security said Friday.

Cruise Ship Cannot Find 'Somewhere' to Dock

A transatlantic cruise ship carrying more than 600 passengers with at least five confirmed coronavirus cases on board is frantically searching for somewhere to dock after it was refused entry at multiple Caribbean ports.

British officials have launched an intense diplomatic effort to find a country willing to take the the MS Braemar, which belongs to the British company Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. Twenty passengers and another 20 crew members, including a doctor, are in isolation after displaying influenza-like symptoms while traveling on the the ship.

The vessel, which is carrying 682 passengers and 381 crew members, arrived in the Bahamas on Saturday. Authorities there were the latest to prevent it from docking but was given permission to drop anchor southwest of Freeport.

South Africa Announces Travel Restrictions

South Africas President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation Sunday evening to announce "urgent and drastic measures" to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country. 

Travel will be prohibited from the following high-risk countries: Italy; Iran; South Korea; Spain; Germany; US; United Kingdom and China starting March 18. Existing visas from citizens of those countries will also be cancelled. 

Any foreigner who visited high risk countries in the past twenty days will also be denied a visa. Effective immediately, South African citizens are also advised to refrain from all forms of travel to or through the European Union, United States, United Kingdom and other identified high-risk countries such as China, Iran and South Korea.

LVMH Perfume Factories to Make Hand Santiser Instead

Luxury goods giant LVMH has told factories producing perfumes for its Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain and Parfums Givenchy to start producing "substantial quantities" of hydroalcoholic gel instead.

The move will take effect on Monday and the gel delivered free to France's public health authorities, the company said in a statement.


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