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Italy Records Slight Downward in Deaths with 756 in past 24 hours

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy climbed by 756 to 10,779, the Civil Protection Agency said, the second successive fall in the daily rate.

The number of fatalities, by far the highest of any country in the world, account for more than one-third of all deaths from the infectious virus worldwide.

Italy's largest daily toll was registered on Friday when 919 people died. There were 889 deaths on Saturday.

The government will "inevitably" extend beyond April 3 the containment measures to stem the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the regional affairs minister said.

Foreigner Refuses to Wear Mask and Attack Prevention Worker, Ordered to Leave China

According to Global Times twitter account; a foreigner was ordered to leave China after his refusal to put mask on; instead he went to attach the epidemic prevention workers. 

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31 new COVID-19 cases are reported in Chinese mainland, with 30 imported cases. Wuhan reports ZERO new COVID-19 infection for consecutive 6 days.

Alibaba founder Jack Ma's foundation & Alibaba foundation said Sun they would donate 1.7 million masks, 165,000 test kits, protective outfits and other medical supplies to 7 Asian countries including Azerbaijan, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam

Aircraft from China with medical supplies arrives in New York City. 

A China Eastern Airlines plane has just arrived in Vientiane, Laos, from Kunming, carrying 12 Chinese medical experts and up to 6 tons of medical supplies including ventilators and face masks to help Laos fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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US: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut states to "refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately". 

Country singer Joe Diffie has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61.

Ken Shimura, one of Japan's best known comedian, died from COVID-19 at a hospital in Tokyo.

Maria Mercader, a CBS News producer and talent executive, has died of Covid-19 in New York,

The finance minister of Germany's Hesse state has committed suicide apparently after becoming "deeply worried" over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, state premier Volker Bouffier said.

Former French Minister of Industry Patrick Devedjian, who was also the president of the local parliament of Hauts-de-Seine, has died from COVID-19 infection: local media reports

Saudi Arabia has shut down entry and exit into the Jeddah governorate and brought forward a curfew there to begin at 3 pm local time. The same measures were applied to Riyadh, Mecca and Medina last week.

Myanmar suspended issuing entry visas starting on Sunday as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Honduras extends curfew until April 12.

New York City residents who violate social distancing policies will receive a summons and fines ranging from $250 to $500, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday.

US: President Donald Trump announced Sunday he is extending social distancing guidelines until April 30.

Nigeria: Both Nigeria's largest city and capital city will be under a "cessation of movement" for 14 days, said Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in a Sunday address, which was published on Twitter.

Vietnam will halt incoming passenger flights in the coming two weeks. Flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to other locations and vice versa will also be reduced as much as possible. Lottery services will also be suspended for 15 days from April 1.

Mexico asks citizens to stay home until April 19 amid Covid-19 outbreak.

South Korea: All travelers entering South Korea will be subjected to two weeks of mandatory quarantine starting midnight on Wednesday, April 1, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun announced Sunday.

Countries Confirming First Case/death

Syria's Health Ministry reported its first death due to Covid-19.

Sri Lanka confirmed its first coronavirus-related death. The patient was 60 years old, had a kidney transplant, and suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure.

Four in 10 People Worldwide Confined in Some Form

More than 3.38 billion people worldwide have been asked or ordered to follow confinement measures in the fight against COVID-19, according to an AFP news agency database.

That represents around 43 percent of the total world population, which is 7.79 billion people according to a United Nations count in 2020.

Deadliest ay for Spain

Health personnel outside the emergency entrance of the Severo Ochoa Hospital on March 28, in Madrid, Spain. Carlos Alvarez

Spain's coronavirus death toll rose by 838 cases overnight to 6,528, according to the health ministry. 

On Saturday, the country had reported 832 new deaths.

The total number of those infected rose to 78,797 from 72,248 on Saturday.

A total of 4,907 people are now in intensive care in Spain, an increase of more than 300 since Saturday. But the Health Ministry also reported that a total of 14,709 people had recovered from the illness, a rise of nearly 20% from the previous figure of 12,285.

Moscow Orders Citywide Quarantine Starting Monday

An announcement on a screen urges people to keep 1.5-2m apart in a subway car in Moscow on March 29. Sergei Fadeichev/TASS via Getty Images

Moscow imposed a citywide quarantine starting March 30 until further notice for all residents regardless of their age, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said in a statement. 

Residents will only be able to leave their houses to get urgent medical help, go to a nearby grocery store or pharmacy, and to walk their pets in the proximity of 100m from their residence. The exception will be made for essential workers.

City officials will deploy a "smart monitoring" system to enforce these restrictions, Sobyanin said, and the city will develop a special pass system for people to get permission to leave their homes.

Public and private transportation, as well as leaving or entering the city, is still allowed, according to the statement.

India's Modi Apologizes for 'Necessary' Lockdown

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologized for a nationwide lockdown during his monthly radio address to the nation on Sunday morning.

"Let me seek forgiveness from all the countrymen. My conscience tells me that you will definitely forgive me as I had to take certain decisions which have put you in a lot of difficulty," Modi said.

Modi ordered the 21-day complete lockdown on March 24 in an effort to fight the coronavirus from spreading. All nonessential establishments, including shops, factories, and places of worship, are required to remain closed throughout the lockdown.

"Especially when I look at my poor brothers and sisters, I definitely feel that they must be thinking, what kind of prime minister is this who has placed us in this difficulty? I especially seek their forgiveness," Modi said. 

"I understand your troubles but there was no other way to wage a war against corona for a country like India with a population of 1.3 billion. It is a battle of life and death and we have to win it, therefore, such strong measures were absolutely necessary. Nobody likes to take such strong measures, however, looking at the situation all over the world, it seems this is the only option," Modi said.

US stock futures down

US stock futures were lower Sunday night after President Donald Trump announced an extension of the social distancing guidelines to April 30.

Dow futures were down 371 points, or about 1.7%. S&P 500 futures fell around 1.8% and Nasdaq futures were down around 1.5%. 

Australia Limits Gatherings to Two People in Public and Close Outdoor Areas

People spend time at St Kilda Beach in Melbourne, Australia on March 28. Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images

Australia will limit gatherings to two people, among other new measures to fight the novel coronavirus, from Monday onwards, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Gatherings will be limited to two people in public spaces and in other areas, down from a ceiling of 10 people implemented earlier, Morrison said at a press conference on Sunday.

All public outdoor areas, including playgrounds and skate parks, will also be closed.

Morrison said all residents must stay home, except to shop for necessities, medical care, exercise, work or education. He urged people aged over 70 to stay at home and self-isolate.

Returnees quarantined: On Sunday, 1,600 people who returned to Australia on international flights went into quarantine at hotels in major cities, Morrison added.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus squad give up $100 million in wages amid coronavirus outbreak

With football on hold across the world, Juventus' first-team squad and coach Maurizio Sarri have agreed to give up four months' wages to help the club manage the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Juventus say the agreement -- equal to the monthly payments for March, April, May and June -- will save the club a total of 90 million ($100.5 million). 

All sport in Italy has been canceled until at least April 3 but Juve says it will renegotiate with players "in good faith" should the current season be rescheduled and resumed.

Singapore Cancels citizens Passport for Breaching Quarantine

Singapore canceled the passport of a citizen for breaching stay-at-home notice requirements, according to a statement from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority released on Sunday.

The 53-year-old male Singaporean citizen was reported to arrive at Singapore from Indonesia on March 19, after Singapore imposed a mandatory 14-day home quarantine on all travelers from March 16. He was required to be quarantined, but decided to return to Indonesia on the same day.

On March 24, he returned to Singapore again and was asked to be quarantined for another 14 days.

The Ministry of Health is investigating his breach of stay-at-home notice requirements.


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