(The Guardian) – Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:
- Covid-19 infections worldwide have risen to 722,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The US had the most cases, with over 142,000; Italy was second with nearly 98,000; and China was third with 82,000. But Spain was fast approaching China, with more than 80,000 cases. Italy still had the highest death toll, with nearly 10,800. Spain was second with 6,800. More than 2,500 people have died in the US.
- Donald Trump has acknowledged the scale of possible fatalities from Covid-19 in the US, while extending social distancing rules until 30 April. The president said if his administration kept deaths under 100,000 it would have done a “very good job”, bringing him closer in line with the top US diseases expert, Anthony Fauci, who suggested on Sunday deaths could reach 200,000.
- Australia begins tighter restrictions: New rules restricting group meetings outside to just two people came into force on Monday.
- Japan and Korea to tighten rules on entry.
- Moscow lockdown: The Russia capital will being a citywide lockdown on Monday, confining residents of the city of nearly 12 million people to their homes.
- Italy extends lockdown: Italy has said it will extend its month-long lockdown as the number of deaths in the country increased by 756 to reach 10,779. There are now 97,689 confirmed cases in Italy. The death toll in the country’s worst affected region, Lombardy, has slowed.
- Nigeria lockdown: Nigeria has recorded 97 confirmed coronavirus cases and one death.
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