More than a quarter of a million cases of the new coronavirus have been recorded across the globe, according to a tally compiled by AFP today based on official sources.
There have been at least 256,296 infections reported in 163 countries and territories, and 11,015 deaths.
China, where the virus first emerged in December, has registered 80,976 cases including 3,248 deaths. Italy has suffered the most deaths, 4,032, out of 47,021 cases.
The number of diagnosed cases reflects only a fraction of the actual number of infections as many countries test only those with the most severe symptoms.
Italy reports a record 627 new deaths from the novel coronavirus today, taking its overall toll to 4,000 as the pandemic gathers pace despite government efforts to halt its spread.
The total number of deaths is 4,032, with the number of infections reaching 47,021. Italy’s previous one-day record death toll was 475 on Wednesday.
Authorities says Italy also saw a staggering increase of 5,986 cases from a day earlier, bringing the official total in Italy to 47,021.
Lombardy has announced that the Italian military will work to ensure that residents are complying with a quarantine to stop the spread of coronavirus. Efforts to contain the virus have been unsuccessful, officials said.
Regional president Attilio Fontana told a news conference on Friday that the military had accepted his request to help enforce the lockdown, and that 114 soldiers tasked with keeping people indoors will be “on the ground throughout Lombardy.”
He lamented that the number of military personnel was “still too little” but that it was nevertheless a positive development.
Lombardy’s government has also asked for tighter restrictions on non-essential travel. The region’s leader said that the number of infections in Lombardy continues to rise, despite efforts to contain the respiratory illness.;
The British government is ordering all pubs, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms to close in sweeping new restrictions to fight the spread of coronavirus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says those venues, as well as nightclubs, theaters and leisure centers, should close today and not reopen until further notice. His advice to anyone considering one last trip out on Friday night: “Please don’t.”
Johnson says the situation will be reviewed every month to see if the measures can be relaxed.
Restaurants can continue to serve takeout food.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 5,000 people in Europe, according to an AFP tally based on official sources.
In total, there have been 5,168 deaths across the continent, mostly in Italy which is now the hardest hit country in the world with 3,405 fatalities.
Europe has registered 1,034 news cases in the past 24 hours, for a total of 110,568 infections.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo orders non-essential businesses to close and bans all gatherings, in an escalation of attempts to contain the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo says fines would be handed out to anyone violating the order, which he says he will come into effect on Sunday evening.
“We’re all in quarantine now,” he tells reporters, adding that New York state was “on pause.”
Header: A man wearing a face mask (R) stands by the coffin of his mother, as a priest swings a thurible of incense during a funeral service in the closed cemetery of Seriate, near Bergamo, Lombardy, on March 20, 2020, during the Italy’s lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the new coronavirus. (Piero Cruciatti / AFP)