Italy ordered all but the most essential businesses to close until April 3, tightening a lockdown against the coronavirus, after nearly 800 people died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, on Saturday.
“Only production activities deemed vital for national production will be allowed,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a video posted to Facebook, but did not go into detail on the proposals to come into force via emergency decree on Sunday.
Italy recorded 793 deaths on Saturday, with France and Spain and Germany also reporting steep rises in confirmed cases and fatalities.
Nearly 13,000 people around the world have now died from the disease, according to data collected by the Johns Hopkins University in the US. More than 304,500 people have been diagnosed with the infection, while nearly 92,000 have recovered.
Here are all the latest updates:
Sunday, March 22
9:50 GMT – 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.
9:30 GMT – Malaysia reports 123 new coronavirus cases, total at 1,306
Malaysia has confirmed 123 new coronavirus cases, taking the total to 1,306 cases, with 10 deaths.
The health ministry said 34 of the new cases were linked to a religious gathering held late last month. Malaysia has the highest number of cases in Southeast Asia.
9:10 GMT – Indonesia registers 64 new coronavirus cases, 10 deaths
Indonesia confirmed 64 new coronavirus cases and 10 new deaths, a health ministry official told reporters on Sunday, bringing the total number to 514 and 48 respectively.
Nine coronavirus patients have recovered, health ministry spokesman, Achmad Yurianto said, bringing the total number of recoveries to 29.
9:05 GMT – Britain to start producing new ventilators
Britain has received the first prototypes of new ventilators to help the health service handle the coronavirus pandemic, and production of new machines should start soon, housing minister Robert Jenrick said on Sunday.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by offers of support. There’s now a number of manufacturers who are working with us. We’re in receipt of some of the first prototypes, and we expect that manufacturing can start quite quickly,” Jenrick said in an interview with Sky News, adding that around 13,000 ventilators were currently available to Britain’s National Health Service.
“But we do need more, and we’re trying to ramp up production as quickly as we can.”
9:00 GMT – Czech coronavirus cases rise to 1,047
The number of coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic had risen to 1,047, according to the latest Health Ministry tally.
The country of 10.7 million people had 158 new cases on Saturday, the ministry said.
Six people have recovered and there have been no deaths. Health workers had tested 15,584 people as of Saturday.
08:45 GMT – NHS nurse appeals shoppers not to panic buy
“You just need to stop it!” urged a UK critical care nurse breaking down in tears as she left a supermarket unable to find any vegetables and fruits to eat.
Coronavirus: UK nurse in tears over panic buying
08:24 GMT – Romania confirms first coronavirus death
A 67-year-old man who had been suffering from terminal cancer is Romania’s first death due to coronavirus.
The deceased was confirmed to be infected on March 18 and was being treated in a hospital in the southern Romanian city of Craiova.
Romania, which has recorded 367 cases of coronavirus to date, declared a state of emergency on March 16.
08:11 GMT – Libya UN-recognised government imposes curfew
Fighting continues in Libya as fears of coronavirus spread
As fighting in the south of Libya’s capital continues, the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) declared a night-time curfew starting 16:00 GMT to 04:00 GMT to keep the coronavirus out of areas it controls.
The internationally-recognised GNA has also ordered the closure of restaurants, cafes and party while funeral and wedding ceremonies have been banned.
No cases have been reported in Libya to day, but experts fear an outbreak could be catastrophic due to the country’s gutted health system.
08:01 GMT – Iran’s Khamenei skeptical about US offer to help Iran
The offer by the US to help Iran fight the coronavirus pandemic is strange, said Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
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