Countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic entered another week of strict quarantine measures and several nations introduced new economic stimulus to aid citizens and companies hit by the disease.
More than 720,000 people have been infected across the world and around 34,000 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
Italy’s death toll fell for the second consecutive day on Sunday, but the country still looked almost certain to see an extension of stringent containment measures.
The epidemic in the United Kingdom is showing signs of slowing and antibody tests could be ready in days, a top epidemiologist said on Monday.
Russian prime minister asked regional governors to consider Moscow-style restrictions a day after the capital announced a partial lockdown, ordering residents to stay home.
Spain prepared to enter its third week under near-total lockdown on Sunday, as the government approved strengthened measures and the death toll rose to 6,528.
The number of cases in Germany has risen to 57,298 and 455 people have died.France’s death toll jumped by 13% on Sunday, taking the total to 2,606.Slovenia imposed restrictions on people moving outside their local municipalities.
U.S. President Donald Trump extended his stay-at-home guidelines until the end of April, dropping a hotly criticized plan to get the economy up and running by mid-April after a top medical adviser said more than 100,000 Americans could die from the outbreak.
Canada, where all provinces have declared states of emergency and ordered people to stay home, is not planning for the moment to use troops to help combat the outbreak, although the option remains on the table, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
President Jair Bolsonaro visited a market area just outside the Brazilian capital on Sunday to press home his case for keeping the economy ticking. Uruguay and Bolivia confirmed their first deaths. Argentina extended a mandatory nationwide quarantine until mid-April.
ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
China reported a drop in new infections for a fourth day as drastic curbs on international travelers reined in the number of imported cases.
Japan will ban the entry of foreign citizens traveling from the United States, China, South Korea and most of Europe. The government denied rumours it was planning to declare a state of emergency starting on Wednesday.
India said it had no plans to extend its21-day lockdown, as the country struggles to keep essential supplies flowing and prevent tens of thousands of out-of-work people fleeing to the countryside.
Indonesia plans stricter limits on mobility between regions and will implement a large-scale policy of social distancing.
Vietnam’s prime minister asked major cities to prepare for possible lockdowns as the confirmed cases reached nearly 200.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
Syria reported its first death on Sunday. The government banned travel between governates and the army announced an end to a call-up of army reserves.
An aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tested positive but initial findings indicate she had not posed an infection risk to the 70-year-old leader.
South Africa’s confirmed cases reached 1,280 on Sunday and the death toll doubled to two, as the country entered the third day of a national lockdown.
Nigeria ordered a lockdown in Lagos and the capital Abuja for 14 days.
Oil tumbled another 8% on Monday and world shares buckled again as fears mounted that the global shutdown could last for months.
Japan’s ruling party proposed a 60-trillion-yen ($556 billion) stimulus package, including direct spending of 20 trillion yen.
India ordered all its banks to remain open during the lockdown as part of essential services and to ensure welfare cash schemes that are part of a $22.6-billion stimulus reach the poor.
Australia will spend A$130 billion ($79.85 billion) to subsidize the wages of around 6 million people.
South Korea will provide emergency cash payments to many families and draw up a second supplementary budget soon.
China’s central bank cut the rate on reverse repurchase agreements by 20 basis points, the largest in nearly five years, while its largest banks warned the movement restrictions could hit asset quality as borrowers struggle to repay loans.
Singapore’s central bank aggressively eased its monetary policy, with the city-state’s economy bracing for a deep recession.
Sweden could increase its holdings in large companies should they need taxpayer capital to ride out the economic slump, finance minister said on Monday.