The death toll in Italy has risen by 602 to a total of 6,078.
Meanwhile, the numbers of cases in the country, one of the worst-hit in the world, rose to 63,928 from 59,138.
Italy's National Health Service said Monday that 4,824 health care workers in the country have contracted the new coronavirus. That represents 9% of all coronavirus infections in Italy, more than double the figure reported in China. As of Monday, 19 Italian doctors have died with the disease.
On Saturday, the daily reported deaths reached a high since the outbreak began of 793. On Sunday, there were 651 reported deaths.
The World Health Organization on Monday said the pandemic is accelerating. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of WHO, said it took 67 days from the first case to reach 100,000 cases, 11 days for the second 100,000 cases and four days for the next 100,000 cases.
But he said that "we are not helpless bystanders. We can change the trajectory of this pandemic."
The International Olympic Committee has decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games because of the coronavirus pandemic, IOC member Dick Pound has said.
Major sporting nations Australia and Canada had already withdrawn on Monday as organisers came under global pressure to postpone the event for the first time in its 124-year modern history. Switzerland, Iran also joined the call for postponement.
"On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided," Pound said in the USA Today newspaper. "The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know."
Pound told Reuters news agency that a one-year postponement looked like the best solution. This would mean the Games, which had been scheduled for July 24-Aug. 9, are likely to be held in the summer of 2021.
China to ban entry for foreigners who not meet requirements
China's National Immigration Administration said on Monday that foreigners who do not meet the entry requirements, do not truthfully answer the inspectors' questions, do not truthfully fill in information or do not go through the required procedures will not be allowed to enter the country.
Huangshi City in Hubei Province, one of the worst-hit areas by the novel coronavirus, has become the first city in the province to resume normal life, according to a notice issued Sunday night by the local disease prevention and control department. Starting Monday, all forms of personal and public transportation, which have been strictly restricted for the past two months, have resumed, and most businesses are allowed to reopen to the public.
India: All domestic flights will stop from Tuesday midnight, India's federal government announced.
Zimbabwe has recorded the first death, the patient is a 30-year-old man who had recently travelled abroad and had a pre-existing condition.
Nigeria reported its first death a 67 year old male who returned home following medical treatment in UK. He had underlying medical conditions.
Montenegro records first death. A 65-year old man died shortly after his arrival at a hospital in the capital Podgorica on Sunday night.
Myanmar has reported their first two coronavirus cases. Authorities say they are imported cases from the U.S. and the UK.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered all residents to stay home and for non-essential businesses to close for at least three weeks. "I must give the British people a very simple instruction: You must stay at home," Johnson said in an address to the nation.
People are only allowed to leave their homes for shopping for basic necessities, one form of exercise a day, any medical need, and traveling to and from work "but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home".
Johnson said police will enforce the rules with "fines and dispersing gatherings".
He also ordered all non-essential shops to close and said gatherings of more than two people are banned, except for funerals.
Meanwhile, Monday the number of people who have died from COVID-19 in England has risen by 46, bringing the death toll 303, according to the National Health Service.
France to Tighten Lockdown
France is to tighten its lockdown imposed to battle the coronavirus, strictly limiting physical exercise and closing most open-air markets.
Philippe told TF1 TV in a live interview that he would later sign a decree banning from Tuesday physical exercise such as jogging more than one kilometre (0.6 miles) from a person's place of residence and also halting open-air markets, although local authorities could request exemptions in exceptional cases.
Meanwhile, French health authorities have reported 186 new deaths from coronavirus, taking the total to 860 or an increase of 28 percent, with the toll rising more sharply than the last three days as the country is about to enter its second week of lockdown.
During a press conference, Health Minister Olivier Veran added the number of cases had risen to 19,856, which is a rise of about 20 percent in 24 hours.
South Africa 21-day Lockdown from Midnight Thursday
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that the government would impose a nationwide 21-day lockdown from midnight on Thursday to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
In an address to the nation, Ramaphosa said the army would be deployed to assist the police during the lockdown. South Africans will still be able to leave their homes to buy food, seek medical care and collect social grants, Ramaphosa added.
Swiss health authorities reported 956 more coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of people tested positive in Switzerland and Liechtenstein to 8,060.
The number of deaths rose by six from Sunday to 66, the Federal Office of Public Health said.
With football in the country suspended until further notice, more than half of the 20 teams in Brazil's Series A have given up their stadiums as authorities in densely populated Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro seek to expand hospital capacity to deal with the crisis.
Current South American champions Flamengo also confirmed it is giving control of their famous Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro to health authorities.
"In this grim moment, I wanted to invite our great Red and Black nation to renew hope and work for better days. Let us take care of our elders, help those who need it most," club president Rodolfo Landim wrote in a message to supporters.
The drastic measures imposed in Germany to slow the spread of the new coronavirus have begun to have an effect. While the number of new cases continues to rise, the head of the country's public health agency says the rate of increase is slowing.
"We are seeing signs that the exponential growth curve is flattening off slightly," Lothar Wieler, President of the Robert Koch Institute, said Monday. He cautioned that he would only be able to confirm the positive trend with more data by mid-week, but said: "I am optimistic that the measures are already having an effect, which is very early because they have only been in place for a week."
US Develops Self-Collect CoronaVirus Swabs
Vials and swabs sit in bins at a coronavirus testing center in Newton, Massachusetts, on March 18. Adam Glanzman/The Washington Post/Getty Images
Vice President Mike Pence said the Food and Drug Administration has approved self-collected samples for Covid-19 testing, which he said would reduce the strain on medical supplies and professionals.
Im pleased to report that self-collected swabs can now be collected in clinics and drive-through testing sites, Pence said.
Trudeau tells Canadians: "Enough is enough. Go home and stay home."
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking from his home in Ottawa on Monday, had a message for Canadians who choose to ignore social distancing advice: "Enough is enough. Go home and stay home."
Trudeau reiterated the need for self-distancing, saying, "If you choose to ignore that advice, if you choose to get together with people or go to crowded places, you are not just putting yourself at risk, you are putting others at risk too."
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