COVID-19: >156,381 Confirmed Cases; Italy, France & Spain to...

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

Remarks over the above tables:

1) The number of cases in Japan has been reduced because the Diamond Princess Cruise cases are now counted separately; earlier the cruise ship cases were counted with Japan. 

2) Yesterday's China Update Table had error in the 'total deaths' being reduced. Other provinces/regions deaths data is correct. 

3) Yesterday's Global Update Table had error in Italy and Iran "Still Confirmed" data. 

4) Yesterday's Global Update Table mistakenly showed "Sultan" Instead of "Sudan". 

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France Closes Public Places, Tells People to Stay Home

France will shut most shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities from midnight on Saturday and people should stay home as much as possible as the spread of coronavirus is accelerating, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced.

"I have decided to close all non-indispensable locations, notably cafes, restaurants, cinemas, nightclubs and shops," he said. "We must absolutely limit our movements."

Exceptions to the shop ban will include food stores, pharmacies and petrol stations.

France previously ordered the closure of schools from Monday and had advised people over the age of 70 to stay home. 

Spain Goes on Lockdown

Spain put in place tight restrictions on movements and announced restaurants and other establishments would be closed, following Italy's example. There are currently more than 6,300 cases of coronavirus in Spain, and there have been 195 deaths. The country has the second-most number of cases in Europe, behind Italy

According to the government decree, people will only be allowed to leave their homes to buy food and medicine, commute to work, go to medical centers and banks or take trips related to the care for the young and the elderly. Those limitations are effective immediately.

A Rush of News

India suspended domestic soccer until the end of this month while domestic cricket was put on hold indefinitely due to the coronavirus.

Afghanistan bans sports and Nowruz events, closes schools. 

Cambodia has banned entry for visitors coming from Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the US. It also ordered the closure of schools in the capital, Phnom Penh, and the popular tourist destination of Siem Reap. 

Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, have closed major tourism and cultural venues, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum and the Ferrari World theme park, from March 15-31.

Iran stops Abadan oil refinery expansion until mid-April. 

Apple will close all its retail stores outside China until March 27. 

Schools across Indonesias capital, Jakarta, will close for two weeks. 

Nasser Shabani, a senior commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has died of COVID-19. 

Saudi Arabia would suspend international flights for two weeks.

New Zealand says everyone entering country must self-isolate to contain coronavirus. 

The Czech government will shut most shops and restaurants from 6am local time on Saturday. 

Pierpaolo Sileri, Italy's deputy health minister, has tested positive for novel coronavirus and is now under quarantine. 

Anna Ascani, Italian vice-minister for education, tweeted that she has tested positive for the coronavirus and was showing symptoms.

Trump tested negative for coronavirus, doctor says. 

Latvia will stop nearly all foreigners entering the country from Tuesday, Latvians and foreigners with residency rights in Latvia will be able to enter the country, and tourists will be able to leave after the deadline. 

UAE to suspend visas starting from March 17. 

Qatar to stop issuing visas on arrival to several European nationalities. Individuals travelling from these countries who are in possession of a Qatar residence permit are excluded from this decision, but they have to stay in a quarantine facility for 14 days.

Norway will temporarily shut all its airports from Monday 07:00 GMT in a move to curb the spread of coronavirus. 

Greece suspends all Italy flights amid two more coronavirus deaths. 

Countries/Regions Confirming First Case/Death

Rwanda: The patient is an Indian citizen who arrived in the East African nation from Mumbai on March 8. He had no symptoms on arrival, but presented himself to a health facility on March 13.

Namibia reported its first two cases of coronavirus, with a Spanish couple who arrived in the Southern African country on Wednesday both testing positive and quarantined. 

Mauritania's health ministry confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the West African country in a statement on Friday.

The Republic of Suriname and Antigua and Barbuda both confirmed their first cases. Suriname has announced it will close its border and airports.

The Seychelles confirmed two coronavirus cases. Two Italian citizens visiting the country tested positive.

New York records first coronavirus death. 

Denmark registers first death of coronavirus patient

All Intl flights to Daxing Airport Moved to Beijing Capital Airport

Since Friday, all international inbound flights to Beijing's new Daxing International Airport started to be transferred to Beijing Capital International Airport, an official confirmed at a press conference held in Beijing on Saturday.

Beijing Capital International Airport has strengthened screening for imported cases and set up an isolation zone to handle international flights coming from key epidemic areas. 

China has recorded scattered imported coronavirus in the past week as locally transmitted cases continue to trend down.

Brazil Ambassador, Dined with Trump, Tests Positive

Brazilian ambassador Nestor Forster, who sat at U.S. President Trump's table last Saturday night at Mar-a-Lago, has tested positive for coronavirus, the embassy said on Friday.

Forster is the third person to test positive who visited Trump's South Florida resort over the weekend.

Brazilian president's communications secretary who posed for a photo with Trump that night was tested positive on Wednesday.

Another individual, who attended a Sunday luncheon hosted by Trump Victory, a committee that raises money for the Trump campaign and the Republican Party, has also tested positive, the Washington Post reported citing party officials.

US Adds UK and Ireland to Travel Ban

Mike Pence announced Saturday that the United Kingdom and Ireland have been added to the European travel ban. The ban will go into effect at midnight Monday. Pence said any American citizens in those countries will be able to fly home, but will be directed to designated U.S. airports.  

Israel orders hotels, restaurants to close

Israel will impose a partial shutdown of its economy beginning Sunday and implement anti-terrorism technology to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Malls, hotels, cafes, restaurants and theaters will shut down, employees should not go into their workplaces if not necessary while vital services, pharmacies, supermarkets and banks will continue to operate.

Trump Considers Domestic Travel Restrictions

Speaking at a coronavirus briefing on Saturday, President Donald Trump said further travel restrictions, possibly within the United States from places with high numbers of cases, is possible.

IMPORTANT: China's Visitors Testing Positive, To Bear Their Medical Expenses

Those people not enrolled in China's medical insurance scheme when they return from abroad to Beijing but test positive for COVID-19 or under suspicion, will bear their medical expenses by themselves, Beijing officials said on Saturday.

Jack Ma Donates Two Million Masks to Europe

Chinese billionaire and Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma has pledged to donate two million protective masks for distribution across Europe, with a first consignment arriving in Belgium late on Friday.

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