China reports new deaths as imported cases rise
The coronavirus death toll in China rose to 3,213 with 14 new fatalities, while the imported cases climbed to 123 after 12 new infections were reported, prompting Beijing to make 14-day quarantine in special facilities compulsory for foreigners returning to the country.
As of Sunday, 14 new deaths were reported, taking the death toll due to the deadly virus to 3,213, China's National Health Commission (NHC) said on Monday.
Sixteen new infections of the novel coronavirus on the Chinese mainland were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 80,860, the health officials said.
Death toll rises in Italy
Italy on Sunday recorded 368 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, its highest one-day increase to date, taking the total to 1,809, the most outside China, official data showed.
The number of infections has reached 24,747, a count released to the media by Italy's civil protection service said.
South Africa will close borders to foreigners
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday said South African would close its borders from Wednesday to all foreigners from countries highly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Visas will be refused to anyone who has visited a high-risk country in the last 20 days, and 35 of the country's 53 land ports will also be shut as of Monday.
South Korea reports 74 new cases
South Korea reported 74 new coronavirus infections on Monday, slightly lower than the previous day, health officials said, taking the tally of cases to 8,236, with 75 deaths.
New infections have been on a declining trajectory, with the latest figures well below a Feb. 29 peak of 909, and slightly down from 76 on Sunday, but media said South Korea uncovered the second largest cluster in the area near its capital.
Germany imposes restrictions
Germany imposes border controls with five countries in order to contain the virus outbreak
'Worrying situation in France'
The coronavirus outbreak in France is "very worrying" and "deteriorating very fast", the head of the country's health service said Monday.
"The number of cases double every three days," Jerome Salomon said on France Inter.
Australia sees spike in cases
The total number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Australia on Monday reached 350 as some states in the country declared a state of emergency and announced penalties for breaching quarantine and self-isolation guidelines issued by them to contain the spread of the deadly disease.
Top clerical official a fatality of virus
Iran's coronavirus outbreak Monday killed a member of the clerical body that appoints the supreme leader, state media said, taking the death toll among serving and ex-officials to at least 12.
Ayatollah Hashem Bathayi Golpayegani, who was 78, died two days after testing positive for the COVID-19 disease and being hospitalised, state news agency IRNA reported.
Russia announces new restrictions
Russia announced new steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus on Monday, including closing its border with Belarus, but hopes to avoid taking "tougher measures".
Moscow has already shut its border with China and limited flights with Iran and South Korea. Russia announced last week it was limiting flights to the European Union.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma donates kits, masks to the US
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma on Monday sent 50,000 testing kits and a million masks to the US, as the country faces shortage of kits amid the virus outbreak
In a tweet, Ma said that the first shipment to the US is taking off from Shanghai.
The first shipment of masks and coronavirus test kits to the US is taking off from Shanghai. All the best to our friends in America. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/LTn26gvlOl— Jack Ma (@JackMa) March 16, 2020
Spain reports nearly 1,000 cases
Spanish government said that nearly 1,000 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours
Iran report 127 new deaths
Iran said on Monday that the novel coronavirus has killed 129 more people, a new record high for a single day in one of the world's worst-hit countries.
"Our plea is that everyone take this virus seriously and in no way attempt to travel to any province," health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said in a televised news conference.
Bahrain reports first death in coronavirus
A Bahraini woman has died from the novel coronavirus, the health ministry announced on Monday, marking the first death from the disease among Gulf Co-operation Council states.
The 65-year-old woman had pre-existing medical conditions, the ministry said on Twitter.
New Zealand announces stimulus package to counter pandemic
New Zealand unveiled a NZ$12.1 billion (US$7.3 billion) stimulus package Tuesday as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern raided the nation's "rainy day" fund to soften the economic hit from the coronavirus pandemic.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson conceded "recession is almost certain" but said the package -- which focuses on wage subsidies, tax breaks and a boost to healthcare -- would help contain its impact.
Virus shuts down East Africa
Tanzania and Somalia on Monday became the latest East Africa countries to confirm their first cases of coronavirus, as neighbouring countries shuttered borders and schools as fears of contagion rose.
In a little over a week, 21 new African countries have reported cases, bringing the total affected to 30.
In West Africa, Liberia and Benin also recorded their first cases Monday.
France announces aid package
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Tuesday announced a 45-billion euro ($50-billion) aid package to help businesses and their employees cope with the coronavirus crisis.
Le Maire also said the government was forecasting a one-percent drop in gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020.