Coronavirus: Countries enforce mass closures to stem spreadIvy Madziva
Coronavirus: Countries enforce mass closures to stem spread.
Schools have been closed, sports events cancelled and cultural institutions shut around the world as countries try to stem the coronavirus outbreak.
In the US, six states told schools to close on Monday for at least two weeks.
Belgium announced sweeping measures including the closure of schools, cafes and restaurants, and cancellation of cultural and recreational events.
All forthcoming fixtures in Europe’s top football contests the Champions and Europa leagues have been postponed.
In other developments:
- Iran announces another 85 deaths, the country’s highest toll in a 24-hour period, bringing the total number of dead there to 514
- Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began 14-day self-isolation after his wife Sophie tested positive for coronavirus. He is not showing symptoms
- Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was admitted to hospital after testing positive
- European markets are recovering some ground after heavy losses on Thursday and Asian markets finished down, having rallied after sharp falls on Friday morning
- Kenya recorded its first case of coronavirus, in a 27-year-old woman just returned from the US via London
More than 125,000 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in 118 countries around the world, according to the World Health Organization. The total number of deaths is more than 4,600.