COVID-19: >335,000 Infected, US & France >100 deaths in 24hrs

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


U.S.A: More than 100 COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours

Coronavirus claimed more than 100 lives in the past 24 hours in the United States, bringing the total to 389 deaths, according to an authoritative tally from Johns Hopkins University.

The states of New York (114 deaths), Washington (94 deaths) and California (28 deaths) have been the hardest hit by far. The virus has infected at least 30,000 people nationwide.

Italy: Deaths rise by 651 in a day, bringing total to 5,476

A woman with her dog is seen crossing the deserted Piazza del Popolo while the Italians stay at home as part of a lockdown against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Rome [Alberto Lingria/Reuters]

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has risen by 651 to 5,476, officials said, an increase of 13.5 percent but down on Saturday's figure when some 793 people died.

The total number of cases in Italy rose to 59,138 from a previous 53,578, an increase of 10.4 percent, the Civil Protection Agency said - the lowest rise in percentage terms since the contagion came to light on February 21.

Of those originally infected nationwide, 7,024 had fully recovered on Sunday compared to 6,072 the day before. There were 3,009 people in intensive care against a previous 2,857.

The hardest-hit northern region of Lombardy remained in a critical situation, with 3,456 deaths and 27,206 cases against a previously given 3,095 and 25,515 respectively. 

France coronavirus death toll jumps 112 to 674

The number of people killed in France by the coronavirus outbreak increased by another 112 to a total of 674, the top French health official said. 


The rise in the death toll was identical to that of the previous day. "The virus kills and it is continuing to kill," said top French health official Jerome Salomon as he announced the new numbers at a daily briefing.

A total of 16,018 cases of infection had been recorded in France, while warning this was an "underestimate" as not all of those with the virus had been tested, even though 4,000 tests were now being done every day.

A total of 7,240 people have been hospitalised after falling ill with the virus, he ad

A Rush of Local News

39 new COVID-19 cases are reported in Chinese mainland, all imported case. 

Wuhan reports ZERO new COVID-19 infection for consecutive 5 days. 

Beijing reported on Sunday a case of family infection, with 4 out of 6 members infected with COVID-19 including a 1-year-old girl. The family arrived in Beijing on Mar 17, from the UK via Singapore. The family is being isolated and treated at Xiaotangshan hospital.

Beijing recorded 13 imported COVID-19 cases on Saturday, most of which came from Spain and the UK. 10 out of those 13 were Chinese students studying abroad: Beijing govt. 

A Rush of Global News

Nearly a billion Indians stayed indoors on Sunday, heeding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to citizens to self-isolate as authorities battle to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic.

The Tokyo Olympics Games organisers are considering alternatives to holding the event this summer, two sources told Reuters news agency. If confirmed, the news would mark a change in direction by the Japanese government which has so far ruled out postponing the Olympics.

Rand Paul, the Republican of Kentucky has become the first US senator to test positive for coronavirus. 

Germany will ban public meetings of more than two people unless they are about work on slowing the spread of the coronavirus. 

The United Arab Emirates suspended all passenger and transit flights to and from the country for two weeks. 

Iraq has imposed a nationwide lockdown until March 28. 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has ordered the closure of pubs, casinos, gyms and other public venues starting midday on Monday to combat the coronavirus after many people appeared to disregard health warnings. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered to help Italy contain the spread of coronavirus. The Russian defense ministry said military transport planes would deliver eight mobile brigades of military medics, special disinfection vehicles and other medical equipment to Italy starting Sunday.

Singapore announced on Sunday to halt entry and transit of all short-term visitors, restrict returning work pass holders to only essential workers.

Major disaster declarations approved in New York and Washington state. 

US: At least 38 people have tested positive for coronavirus inside New York City jails, officials said, signaling the largest outbreak in American jails since the outbreak began.

Olympic gold medalist with coronavirus says its 'by far the worst virus I have ever endured' Retired South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, the 2012 Olympic 100-meter breaststroke champion, says he has coronavirus.

Opera singer Placido Domingo has tested positive for Covid-19, the artist confirmed on his Facebook page.

Russia will temporarily restrict all flights to and from foreign nations from Monday, except for those between foreign capitals or necessary for evacuation, according to the order of the Russian government.

Countries Confirming First Case/death

Romania confirms first coronavirus death. A 67-year-old man who had been suffering from terminal cancer. 

Syria confirms first coronavirus case. 

Afghanistan reports first confirmed death. 

Kosovo records first death. 

Czech Republic reports its first coronavirus death. 

Johnson tells UK: Stay apart or face tougher coronavirus measures

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London [Ian Vogler/Reuters]

Britain may need to impose curfews and travel restrictions to halt the spread of the coronavirus people do not heed the government's advice on social distancing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned.

Pubs, clubs and gyms have already closed, but social media on Sunday was awash with pictures of people congregating in parks and food markets, apparently ignoring advice to stay two metres apart.

Johnson delivered his message to the public. "Stay two metres apart. It's not such a difficult thing. Do it," he said.

"Otherwise.... there is going to be no doubt that we will have to bring forward further measures and we are certainly keeping that under constant review."

Merkel to Quarantine After Contact with Infected Doctor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves a media statement on the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Chancellery in Berlin [Michel Kappeler/Reuters]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in self-quarantine after the doctor she came into contact with has tested positive for coronavirus, according to spokesperson Steffen Seibert. 

"The chancellor will also continue her official business from home quarantine," Seibert said in the statement. 

Merkel will be tested regularly over the next few days, Seibert said, since it is too soon for a conclusive test.

Saudi coronavirus cases pass 500

Saudi Arabia recorded 119 new cases of the virus for a total of 511, the highest in the Gulf Arab region, the health ministry said.

The tally of cases in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) now stands at more than 1,700. Bahrain reported a second death on Sunday, a citizen evacuated from Iran, taking the GCC's total to four.

The ministry said 72 of the new cases were Turkish nationals under quarantine in the holy city of Mecca after interacting with an infected compatriot.

Iran's death toll from the coronavirus hits 1,685 

Iran has announced 129 new deaths caused by the novel coronavirus, raising to 1,685 the official death toll in one of the worst-hit countries along with Italy and China.

"There were 1,028 new confirmed infected cases in the past 24 hours ... and 7,913 people have recovered," said health ministry spokesperson Kianush Jahanpur.

Members of firefighters wear protective face masks as they disinfect the streets of Tehran [Ali Khara/Reuters]

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