The coronavirus pandemic is affecting around 192 countries and territories around the world and has a relentless rise in infected cases. More than 338,000 people have contracted the novel coronavirus and at least 14,686 people have died.
Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor, has gone into quarantine after coming into contact with a doctor who tested positive for the coronavirus. Germany has over 24,000 coronavirus infected people with 94 fatalities. Germany has also banned the meetings of two or more people. until it’s related to work to contain the spread of the virus.
Rand Paul, the Republican of Kentucky has become the first US senator to test positive for the novel coronavirus. The USA is nearing to 35,000 positive cases of the virus and has reported 451 fatalities so far.
Additionally, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the novel coronavirus in prison. Weinstein is in northern New York state prison after being sentenced to 23 years in jail for rape and sexual assault.
Italy announcing 651 dead in one day, bringing its total to 5,476. The total number of cases in Italy rose to 59,138 from a previous 53,578. 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.
With cases crossing the 5000 marks, UK Prime Minister warned that curfews and travel restrictions might be on the table for the people of Britain. Pubs, clubs and gyms have already closed. Parks in London are already closing down as authorities struggle to slow the spread of the contagious coronavirus.
Antarctica remains the only continent in the world untouched by the pandemic. However, China recorded 39 new cases reaching a total of 81,093 in the mainland, Iran has recorded 21,638 cases, resulting in 1,685 deaths, Spain has confirmed 28,768 infections, resulting in 1,772 deaths, France has reported a total of 16,914 cases, resulting in 674 deaths.
South Korea has recorded 8,961 cases, resulting in 111 death, and Australia has reported 1,629 cases with 7 deaths.
Saudi Arabia recorded 119 new cases of the virus for a total of 511, the highest in the Gulf Arab region. The total number of cases in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) now stands at more than 1,700.
Iraq has imposed a nationwide lockdown until March 28 to fight the novel coronavirus as the number of cases rose to 233 and the death toll climbed to 20.