Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday he would "want to see a clear indication" that the U.S. is "very clearly and strongly going in the right direction," before reopening the country.
"The virus kind of decides whether or not it's going to be appropriate to open," he said on CNN, warning that the country could "prematurely" end social distancing measures and then "you're right back in the same situation."
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Coronavirus: the White House plans 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the United States
Between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths in the United States ... This is the assessment of the coronavirus which the White House now expects, if current measures of social distancing are maintained. Without action, the death toll could reach 1.5-2.2 million, the Trump administration said. On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of Donald Trump's main advisers, estimated the possible toll between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths.
Elsewhere, travelers were being cautioned to stay home around the world to mark the traditions of Good Friday and the Easter weekend. Eagerly awaited stimulus checks should soon be hitting Americans' bank accounts. And UK leader Boris Johnson, out of intensive care, has his father worried but filled with "relief."
A Montefiore Medical Center employee walks past signs thanking the medical staff on April 9 in New York City. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that while signs show that measures taken by New Yorkers are beginning to flatten the curve, COVID-19 deaths across the state hit a daily record for the third straight day on Wednesday with 799 fatalities.
Staples Center is illuminated in blue lights during the coronavirus pandemic on April 9 in Los Angeles. Landmarks and buildings across the nation are displaying blue lights to show support for health care workers and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A healthcare worker takes part in a demonstration as part of a national day of action calling on federal and local authorities to provide more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and support outside New York-Presbyterian Medical Center in upper Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City on April 9.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, listen as Vice President Mike Pence speaks about the coronavirus outbreak on April 9 in Washington.
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Members of the press wait in-line in the James Brady Press Briefing Room for a COVID-19 test April 9 at the White House in Washington, DC.
Digital billboards and a US Flag at half-mast at Time Square on April 9 in New York City. - New York Governor Andrew Cuaomo ordered flags at half-mast to honor COVID-19 victims.
Allegheny County reports 4 new deaths as COVID-19 cases surpass 700
The number of COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County has surpassed the 700 mark with four new deaths, officials said Wednesday. The 31 new cases brings the total to 720. The county, which has 10 total deaths, has not released information on the latest deaths. Of the previous six deaths, five included people who were hospitalized — one person in their 60s, two in their 70s, one in their 80s, and one in their 90s, officials said. One individual who died was not hospitalized; that woman was in her 70s.
President Donald Trump speaks during a Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in Washington D.C on April 9.
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The "Teammates" statues of former Boston Red Sox players Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio wear makeshift masks made of Red Sox merchandise as the Major League Baseball season is postponed due the coronavirus pandemic on April 9 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Wearing his official robe, New York City Criminal Court Judge Paul McDonnell works remotely from his Brooklyn apartment due to the coronavirus outbreak on April 9 in New York. Judge McDonnell, who usually presides over cases in a Manhattan court room, has had to alter his work routine by hearing cases remotely due to the virus outbreak.
Krisna Carter, right, Jr. Sous Chef for the Oklahoma City Dodgers, prepares hot dogs at Bricktown Ball park on what would have been opening day for minor league baseball on April 9 in Oklahoma City. The OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation provided over 5,000 hot dog lunches across the Oklahoma City metro area to frontline workers and essential personnel who are helping the community in fighting COVID-19.
A member of the White House Press Corps holds up an informational note that was given to him after the White House administered a test for COVID-19 ahead of the Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in Washington, D.C on April 9.
Coronavirus now leading cause of death in US
COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus that is spreading across the globe, is now the deadliest disease in the U.S., with more deaths per day than cancer or heart disease.A new graph published Tuesday by Dr. Maria Danilychev showed COVID-19 is the cause of 1,970 deaths in the U.S. per day, according to MSN.It was only last week when Danilychev published a report showing COVID-19 as the third leading cause of death, taking the place of accidents, with fatalities averaging at around 748 per day.
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People walk away with food that members of the AFL-CIO, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Labor Community Services were handing out on April 9 in Los Angeles.
Lily Haines is hugged by her dad, Jeph Haines, and mom, Suzanne Haines, as she celebrates her sixteenth birthday on her apartment balcony, watching her friends drive by with signs and balloons on April 8 in Los Angeles.
A tent is seen erected inside the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine for what will be a temporary field hospital constructed by the Samaritan's Purse and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, April 8.
The Shubert Theater closed during the coronavirus pandemic on April 8 in New York City. The Broadway League announced today that theaters will remain closed until June 7, effectively ending the 2019-2020 season.
Trump Aides Say May 1 Target Unlikely as Pence Charts Reopening
President Donald Trump’s top public health advisers are signaling that the prospect of widely relaxing social-distancing measures at the end of the month is dim, despite signs that coronavirus infections and deaths may be plateauing in some of the hardest-hit American cities. Trump has been anxious to relax economy-crushing guidance that Americans isolate themselves from one another, and data indicate that distancing efforts are having an impact on the outbreak, halving the projected death totals in some models. That has turned attention within the White House to planning for an economic reopening.
Detroit bus driver JaVita Brown wears gloves and a protective mask during the COVID-19 outbreak in Detroit on April 8. Detroit buses will have free surgical masks available to riders starting Wednesday, a new precaution the city is taking from the new coronavirus.
At the White House on April 7, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (left) listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a conference call with banks on efforts to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez celebrates the Chrism Mass for the faithful of the nation's largest Catholic Archdiocese in Los Angeles on April 6. Without the ability to have public Mass and visitors due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels live-streams its services.
New York City nurses and health workers gather at a 'COVID-19 Frontline Health Worker Action' event on April 6 to demand safer working conditions, more personal protective equipment (PPE) and free virus testing.
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Jack Graham Jr. (L) exalts in a win while playing 10,000, a dice game, with his friend William Wentworth at The Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center on April 6 in Seattle, Washington. The space currently has 150 beds, separated six feet apart, and operated by the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC).
City of Sunrise employees place groceries provided by the food bank Feeding South Florida into the vehicles of the needy on April 6. Feeding South Florida has seen a 600 percent increase in the those asking for food aid during the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Diana Sedler, a periodontist, puts on a mask made by a 3D printer and designed at her family's business, Burbank Dental Lab, on April 6 in Burbank, Calif. The lab, which typically makes dental products such as dentures, night guards and appliances, has shifted some of its efforts to making masks for health care workers dealing with shortages of protective equipment.
People walk down a St. Louis street wearing face coverings on April 6. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings after recent studies have shown a significant portion of the population can transmit the coronavirus without showing any symptoms.
The U.S. death toll was at more than 16,600 early Friday, with more than 466,000 confirmed cases as of Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. About 26,000 Americans have recovered.
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Fauci: Antibody testing coming within 'a week or so'
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that "a rather large number" of antibody tests could be available within "a week or so."
Antibody tests for the new coronavirus could show who has already had the virus and recovered, which Fauci said is especially important for people who may have been asymptomatic and not known they had the virus. Fauci said that the tests will be important to develop a strategy on determining who is at risk for being reinfected.
"This would be important for health care workers, for first line fighters," Fauci said on CNN Friday morning.
After the test is more widely available, it's possible that Americans could be carrying "certificates of immunity," Fauci said.
"It's one of those things that we talk about when we want to make sure that we know who the vulnerable people are and not. This something that's being discussed. I think it might actually have some merit under certain circumstances."
Fauci warned, though, that other countries have been "burned' by antibody tests and said they need to be validated, consistent and accurate.
However, once the antibody testing is widely available, testing for who currently has the coronavirus will run in parallel, Fauci said.
Stimulus checks: When will we see them?
Americans have received conflicting information on when they will receive stimulus checks due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. But there’s good news: Checks will be hitting their bank accounts soon.
The first wave of $1,200 stimulus payments is on track to be paid the week of April 13, according to Lisa Greene-Lewis, a certified public accountant at TurboTax. The government is prioritizing the first few waves of payments in the coming weeks toward low-income Americans and Social Security beneficiaries, Greene-Lewis says.
Some Americans were confused following conflicting reports from different corners of the government in recent weeks. The IRS said at the end of March stimulus payments would start being distributed within three weeks.
Then Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on April 2 the first stimulus payments would arrive for some via direct deposit within two weeks. Larry Kudlow, senior economic adviser to President Donald Trump, then said this week that checks could go out this week or next. Others have said they could have come as early as April 9.
The IRS didn’t respond to requests for comment.
– Jessica Menton
Good Friday, Easter weekend: Celebrate at home
People around the world began observing Good Friday from the safety of their homes as politicians and public health officials have warned that the hard-won gains against the pandemic must not be jeopardized by relaxing social distancing over the Easter holiday weekend. Across Europe, where Easter is one of the busiest travel times, authorities set up roadblocks and otherwise discouraged family gatherings.
Amid widespread restrictions on public gatherings, major religious denominations are holding virtual services where members can watch on TV or online. Others are arranging prayer at drive-in theaters, where people can stay in their cars.
Other churches plan to move ahead with services, especially in states like Texas, where the governor declared religious gatherings “essential services.” A Houston church has installed hand-washing stations and rearranged its 1,000-person sanctuary to hold about 100 people spaced 6 feet (2 meters) or more apart.
Pope Francis will celebrate Easter Mass in a nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica instead of the huge square outside. In England, the Archbishop of Canterbury will deliver his Easter sermon by video.
– Associated Press
New York state sees deadliest day
New York state reported a record-breaking number of deaths for a third straight day, at 799. More than 7,000 people have died in the state, accounting for almost half the U.S. death toll.
“That is so shocking and painful and breathtaking, I don’t even have the words for it,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday
.But he added that there are hopeful signs, including slowdowns in the number of people being hospitalized, admitted to intensive care and placed on ventilators.
Boris Johnson's dad says his son needs time to 'rest up' from the coronavirus
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson must be allowed to "rest up" before getting back to work after he was moved out of intensive care to a regular hospital ward, the British leader's father said in an interview on Friday.
Johnson's 79-year-old father, Stanley, said he felt "tremendously grateful" for his son's improving condition.
"Relief is the right word," he said in a BBC radio interview. But he warned that his son needed a period of recuperation before returning to work.
"He has to take time. I cannot believe you can walk away from this and get straight back to Downing Street and pick up the reins without a period of readjustment," he said.
Johnson is the first major world leader known to have contracted the coronavirus. In a series of video messages he published on social media before he was admitted to the hospital with the illness, Johnson appeared increasingly unwell as he carried on the work of government in isolation at his official residence and office at Downing Street.
– Kim Hjelmgaard
Magic Johnson talks HIV, coronavirus misconceptions and impact on black community
"The reason I’m still living is early detection," retired NBA player Magic Johnson said Thursday on CNN. "I had a test and I had a physical. It came up that I had HIV, and that saved my life."
Johnson still drew parallels between HIV and COVID-19 because of the similarities regarding the misconceptions about the respective viruses, inadequate testing, lack of available drugs and how the pandemic has hurt the black community.
"African Americans are leading in terms of dying from the coronavirus and most of them in the hospital are African American,” Johnson said. "We have to do a better job as African Americans to follow social distancing, stay at home and make sure we educate our loved ones and our family members and do what we’re supposed to do to keep safe and healthy.
"Then when you add that up, we don’t have access to health care, quality health care. So many of us are uninsured. That also creates a problem, too. Just like it did with HIV and AIDS." Read more here.
– Mark Medina
Utah tourism takes hit with closure of last of 'Big Five' national parks
The last of Utah’s “Big Five” national parks closed Thursday, effectively shutting down a tourism industry that pumped a record $9.75 billion into the state’s economy in 2018.
Gov. Gary Herbert announced Capitol Reef National Park’s closure, two days after Bryce Canyon National park closed and less than a week after the closure of Zion National Park. Arches and Canyonlands national parks closed March 27.
A report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah last November showed a 6.5% increase in tourism spending over 2017, pushing revenues close to $10 billion, and record visitation of more than 10 million people at the national parks.
The decision to close national parks have been left up to individual parks, according to the National Park Service.
Democrats block $250B for small businesses, cite needs of hospitals
An effort by Senate Republicans to replenish an emergency fund for small businesses hurt by the coronavirus crisis was blocked by Democrats, who called it a "political stunt" that failed to consider hospitals and other pressing needs.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had proposed legislation boosting the popular Paycheck Protection Program by another $250 billion on top of the $349 billion Congress approved last month as part of the $2.2 trillion pandemic response known as the CARES act.
But when it came up Thursday on a voice vote, Maryland Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen objected, effectively blocking it. The bill "was not negotiated so it won’t get done," Cardin said.
Studies suggest coronavirus spread in New York came from Europe
The coronavirus began spreading in New York in February and came to the area via travelers from Europe, new research suggests. Two separate teams of scientists studying the genetics of the virus came to similar conclusions: People were spreading the virus weeks before the first confirmed case in New York.
"We know with certainty that these were coming from European strains," Adriana Heguy, director of the Genome Technology Center at NYU Langone Health, told USA TODAY.
The first case of the new coronavirus confirmed in New York came on March 1. On Jan. 31, President Donald Trump said he would restrict entry to the United States from those traveling from China. On March 11, Trump said he was restricting travel from Europe.
– Ryan W. Miller
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IMF chief warns of worst global recession since Depression
The head of the International Monetary Fund said Thursday the coronavirus pandemic will push the global economy into the deepest recession since the Great Depression, and the poorest countries will fare the worst. That marks a dramatic turnaround to what was on track to be a year of economic growth.
Three months ago, the IMF projected income growth per capita for 160 countries. Now the organization expects more than 170 nations will see per capita income diminish. Emerging markets and low-income nations across Africa, Latin America and much of Asia are at high risk, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said.
“With weak health systems to begin with, many face the dreadful challenge of fighting the virus in densely populated cities and poverty-stricken slums, where social distancing is hardly an option,” Georgieva said.
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The unions that represent commercial pilots and flight attendants say dozens of them who work for American Airlines have tested positive for the coronavirus, and they need better protection.
One hundred of the airline's flight attendants had COVID-19 as of Saturday, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said. In a statement, Julie Hendrick, AFPA's new president, said the union has been pushing American since January for protective measures for front-line workers.
On Thursday, Capt. Dennis Tajer, spokesman for the union that represents American Airlines pilots, told USA TODAY that 41 of them have tested positive for the virus.
Because flight crews could be vectors for the virus, Tajer said they should "receive 'first responder' status and priority for protective equipment.''
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An Indonesian police officer wearing a superhero costume on the street disinfects motorists' vehicles in Pasuruan, East Java on April 9, 2020, amid concern about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
People wearing face masks purchase bottles of beer at a Big C supermarket the night before a citywide alcohol ban on April 9, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thai authorities have banned alcohol sales for 10 days starting on April 10, 2020 in an attempt to stop social gatherings and slow the spread of Covid-19. Thailand has been under a state of emergency and will remain under partial lockdown until at least the end of April due to the coronavirus.
Social distancing is practiced by a group of homeless people gathering in Innesfree Park in Johannesburg, on April 9, 2020 where food rations will be distributed. Charities came together to provide food for the needy during the country's lockdown period due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus emergency.
A woman stands next to a makeshift checkpoint, part of a community safety initiative in the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Israel-annexed Golan Heights on April 9, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus epidemic.
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This photo taken through a glass window at a maternity ward shows nurses putting a face shield on a newborn baby, in an effort to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok on April 9, 2020.
A Moroccan woman wearing a protective mask walks in a street in Casablanca on April 8, 2020 amid measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. Wearing face masks in public became obligatory in Morocco in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus, according to an official decree. Morocco imposed a public health state of emergency on March 19, confining everyone to their homes except those with a permit to be out and about for their work.
An employee of France's biggest coffin-maker, OGF group pushes a coffin in a storage room in Jussey, eastern France, on April 8, 2020, amid the spread of the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
A woman with a protective mask walks on a street April 9, 2020, in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency last Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus.
A mariachi band serenades the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER) in Mexico City, on April 7, 2020 to give hope to those fighting COVID-19 and the medical personnel during the coronavirus pandemic. The serenade was organized by the Tequila and Mezcal Museum with the aim of encouraging the sick and medical personnel and the whole of Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A prison guard sanitizes the female section of the Johannesburg Correctional Centre also known as Sun City Prison, in South Africa on April 8, 2020.
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A volunteer holds a placard to raise awareness about the coronavirus on a street during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Chennai, India on April 8, 2020.
Father Victor Jimenez, poses at the Our Lady of Fatima parish church in San Jose, on April 7, 2020 during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Costa Rica asked that people stay in their homes, and that the churches remain closed. Father Victor Jimenez placed pictures of the parishioners of his church on the pews so they could symbolically and spiritually share mass during Holy Week.
A masked passenger hangs from the side of a bus in Petion-Ville, Haiti, April 7, 2020. To help contain the spread of the new coronavirus, the mayor of Petion-Ville announced public markets will reduce their operation to three days a week, public transportation will limit passengers to eight per mini-bus and Tap-tap vehicles, which very few drivers are enforcing, and passengers are required to wear face masks.
A man wearing a mask walks alongside a mural of Ernesto "Che" Guevara as other pedestrians are reflected in the side-view mirror of a car in Havana, Cuba, April 7, 2020. Cuban authorities are requiring people use masks outside their homes as a measure to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus.
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Volunteers from Sonko Rescue Team, an NGO privately funded by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, fumigate a street to curb the spread of COVID-19 during a joint operation with Nairobi county during curfew at a residential area in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 6, 2020. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on April 6 imposed a three-week ban on movement in and out of four main coronavirus "infected areas," including the capital Nairobi, ahead of the usually busy Easter weekend. Kenya currently counts 158 cases and six deaths from the virus, most of them in the capital, with a few cases also along the coast.
A health worker walks a patient through a disinfection chamber set tup as a preventive measure amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in front of a hospital in Mitrovica, Kosovo on April 7, 2020.
A girl wearing a face mask crosses a barricade in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on April 7, 2020. Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged last year, partly reopened on March 28 after more than two months of near total isolation for its population of 11 million.
Volunteers throw a mixture of water, neem herb and turmeric as an alleged natural disinfectant on a street in a residential area during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Chennai, India on April 7, 2020.
An honor guard wearing protective masks due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus prepare for the arrival of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida at the King Rama I monument to mark Chakri Memorial Day that honors the founding of the ruling Chakri Dynasty in Bangkok on April 6, 2020.
Police arrest doctors demanding facilities and prevention kits to attend to coronavirus patients, in Quetta, Pakistan, April 6, 2020. The government imposed a nationwide lockdown to try to contain the outbreak of the virus.
A woman wearing a face mask walks past an advertising placard in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev during an authorities-imposed lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, on April 6, 2020.
A soldier, wearing a face mask and gloves, stands in front of the City One condominium in Kuala Lumpur on April 6, 2020, after it was cordoned off due to a number of cases of individuals with COVID-19 novel coronavirus at the premises.
Head of Design and Technology teacher, Phil Jones, uses his school's 15-year-old 3D printer to make protective personal equipment (PPE) masks in his classroom at Upton Catholic High School for Girls in Birkenhead, north west England on April 6, 2020. Upton Catholic High School for Girls has used all of their available materials and are receiving more daily to make masks that have been donated to local hospitals and surgeries. They have made more than 500 so far and will have made more than 2000 by the end of the week. The school has been inundated with requests to help make the personal protective equipment (PPE) since posting their efforts on social media and have vowed to continue to make the masks for as long as they can.
A Sri Lankan fire brigade person disinfects his colleagues after they assisted transporting the coffin of a person who died not because of the new virus during a curfew in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 5, 2020.
Migrant workers wait for lunch at a camp set up by Delhi Government during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in New Delhi on April 1, 2020.
A medical staff watches from a platform of the Gare d'Austerlitz train station on April 1, 2020 in Paris through the window of a medicalized TGV high speed train before its departure to evacuate patients infected with the COVID-19 from Paris' region hospitals to other hospitals in the western France Brittany region where the outbreak has been limited so far. France has been on lockdown since March 17 in a bid to limit the contagion caused by the novel coronavirus, a situation it has extended until at least April 15.
A woman stitches protective face masks used to curb the spread of the coronavirus at a former clothing factory in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 1, 2020. Last week the Afghan government ordered a three-week lock down for Kabul to stem the spread of the virus.
An employee wearing a protective face mask disinfects shopping carts for customers arriving to shop at a supermarket in Vienna, Austria on April 1, 2020, during the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The Austrian government announced that shoppers in supermarkets will have to wear face masks in order to further clamp down on the spread of the novel coronavirus.
New employees of Japan's defense ministry sit on chairs spaced apart for social distancing due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, as they watch a video message of Defense Minister Taro Kono during a ceremony in Tokyo on April 1, 2020.
A resident stops to look at a medical worker dressed from head to toe in protective gear outside the Plaza de Toros de Acho in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The mayor of Lima reported that the plaza founded in 1766 will provide shelter and balanced meals for some of the city's homeless amid the new coronavirus pandemic.
A volunteer sprays disinfectant in Shwedagon Pagoda compound as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Yangon on March 31, 2020. Myanmar reported its first coronavirus death a 69-year-old man who returned to the country in mid-March after receiving cancer treatment in Australia.
People wearing face masks ride an escalator near a winged statue at an upscale shopping mall in Beijing, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. China on Tuesday reported just one new death from the coronavirus and a few dozen new cases, all brought from overseas.
Motorists are sprayed with disinfectant in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus outbreak at the gate of a housing complex in South Tangerang, Indonesia, March 31, 2020. Indonesia will close its doors to foreign arrivals in an attempt to curb the coronavirus spread while the country plans to bring home more than a million nationals working abroad.
Passengers wearing face masks practisc social distancing sitting arrangement as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in a train at the Central Railway Station in Bangkok on March 31, 2020.
Municipal workers spray disinfectant on a trees and closed shops at a roadside during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Srinagar on March 30, 2020.
Passengers from the COVID-19 coronavirus infected cruise ship MV Artania berthed at the port of Fremantle are transferred in a bus to Perth International Airport to be transported to Germany, in Perth on March 29, 2020.
Police inspector Rajesh Babu, wearing coronavirus-themed helmet, speaks to a family on a motorbike at a checkpoint during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Chennai, India, on March 28, 2020.
A member of the South African Police Service enforces social distancing as he makes shoppers hold their hands out in front of them to ensure that they are at least one meter apart from one another while they wait outside a supermarket in Yeoville, Johannesburg, on March 28, 2020.
Members of the Charitable Brotherhood of Saint-Eloi de Bethune, each wearing a face mask, carry a coffin towards a grave, at Pierrette cemetery in Bethune, on March 27, 2020, as the country is under lockdown to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. Founded in 1188, the Charitables have for eight centuries taken care of funerals for the inhabitants of Bethune regardless of religion or wealth. Rarely, though, are they done behind almost-closed doors.
The iconic Matterhorn mountain is illuminated by Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter aiming to send messages of hope, support and solidarity to people suffering from the global coronavirus disease, COVID-19, pandemic in the alpine resort of Zermatt, Switzerland, Thursday, March 26, 2020.
A doctor (L) shows the welcome desk of a consultation center dedicated to covid19 suspected patients in Tinteniac, France on March 27, 2020. The consultation center is located in an intermunicipal venue to remove patients at risk of infection from doctors' offices in order to continue caring for other patients.
Suspects are lined up against a wall as a member of the South African Police Service wearing gloves arrests them because they defied the lockdown order during an operation in Johannesburg, on March 27, 2020. South Africa came under a nationwide military-patrolled lockdown on March 27, 2020, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus across the continent.
People in protective clothing walk past rows of beds at a temporary 2,000-bed hospital for COVID-19 coronavirus patients set up by the Iranian army at the international exhibition center in northern Tehran, Iran, on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
Health ministry workers, wearing protective outfits, wait on the tarmac of the Kuwait international Airport to receive Kuwaitis returning from Frankfurt on March 26, 2020, to be taken to a hospital for novel coronavirus checkups, in the capital Kuwait City.
An opera tenor singer performs the song O sole mio from his window in Paris on March 26, 2020 on the evening of the tenth day of a strict lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus.
The just married couple Laila and Boualem Bellil walk in the Stall Courtyard, a most frequented tourist spot, in Dresden, eastern Germany, Thursday, March 26, 2020. They celebrate today without wedding guests because of the government regulations and want to make up for the party next year. In order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, the German government has considerably restricted public life and asked the citizens to stay at home. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.
A man exercises at his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, March 26, 2020. The Argentine government ordered a forced lock down until end of March to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. COVID-19 disease causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.
Members of the Danish Parliament stand in line to vote one by one on another emergency law to combat the coronavirus pandemic, outside the Parliament at Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark, on March 26, 2020.
A man waits for a take-away meal next to roped-off dining tables as restaurants only cater for take-away in Sydney on March 26, 2020, due to restrictions to stop the spread of the worldwide COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
Customers stand in designated areas marked on the floor outside meat and grocery shops to maintain recommended social distancing during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Islamabad on March 26, 2020.
A Palestinian boy wearing a protective mask sets cleaning tools and disinfectants for sale amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, in front of his home in al-Shati refugee camp, on March 26, 2020.
French President Emmanuel Macron, center, wears a face mask during the visit of the military field hospital outside the Emile Muller Hospital in Mulhouse, eastern France, on March 25, 2020, on the ninth day of a lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 in France.
Barber Eugenio Lafargue, reflected in a mirror wearing a protective face mask against a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, styles a customer's hair, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Members of the Senegalese graffiti collective "RBS CREW" paint informational murals advising how to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, on the wall of a high school in the Parcelles Assainies neighborhood of the capital Dakar, Senegal Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.
Egyptian municipality workers disinfect the Giza pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo on March 25, 2020 as protective a measure against the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.
A billboard is installed on an apartment building in Cape Town, South Africa, March 25, 2020, before the country of 57 million people, will go into a nationwide lockdown for 21 days on Thursday to fight the spread of the new coronavirus.
Travelers wearing face masks walk outside the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, March 25, 2020. Some train stations and bus services reopened in China's Hubei Province on Wednesday and people who passed a health check would finally be allowed to travel for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak surged in January.
A woman runs carrying her baby as a Bolivarian National Guard water cannon sprays disinfectant as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus. in the Catia parish in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the entire nation to stay home under a quarantine aimed at cutting off the spread of the new virus, calling it a “drastic and necessary measure.”
A Serbian military personal wearing a protective mask walks amongst beds set up inside a hall at the Belgrade Fair to accommodate people suffering from mild symptoms of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 on March 24, 2020. More than 200,000 coronavirus cases have been declared in Europe, according to an AFP tally on March 24, 2020.
People gather at a pharmacy to buy supplies following Indian Prime Minister's announcement of a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Mumbai on March 24, 2020.
A medical worker in protective gear tends to a patient on March 24, 2020 at the new COVID 3 level intensive care unit for coronavirus COVID-19 cases at the Casal Palocco hospital near Rome, during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic,
People practice social distancing as they sit on chairs spread apart in a waiting area for take-away food orders at a shopping mall in hopes of preventing the spread of the coronavirus in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
Children are seen wearing face masks inside a house of a slum community on March 23, 2020 in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines. The Philippine government has sealed off Luzon, the country's largest and most populous island, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Land, sea, and air travel has been suspended, while government work, schools, businesses, and public transportation have been ordered shut in a bid to keep some 55 million people at home. The Philippines' Department of Health has so far confirmed 462 cases of the new coronavirus in the country, with at least 33 recorded fatalities.
A temple worker wearing a mask to protect himself from the coronavirus COVID-19 attaches a name card with a wish to a lantern at Jogyesa Temple as Buddhists prepare to celebrate Buddha's birthday on March 23, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea has called for expanded public participation in social distancing for the next two weeks, as the country witnesses a wave of community spread and imported infections leading to a resurgence in new cases of COVID-19. According to the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, 64 new cases were reported. The total number of infections in the nation tallies at 8,961.
A public order agency officer sprays disinfectant over a woman before she enters a local government office as a precautionary move against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in East Java, Indonesia on March 23, 2020.
A volunteer hands out relief goods for residents of a slum community undergoing home quarantine on strict orders of the government on March 23, 2020 in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines. The Philippine government has sealed off Luzon, the country's largest and most populous island, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Land, sea, and air travel has been suspended, while government work, schools, businesses, and public transportation have been ordered shut in a bid to keep some 55 million people at home. The Philippines' Department of Health has so far confirmed 462 cases of the new coronavirus in the country, with at least 33 recorded fatalities.
A replica of an elephant with a face mask is driven on trailer pulled by a car to bring awareness during a one-day Janata (civil) curfew imposed by the government amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Chennai on March 22, 2020.
Don Giuseppe Corbari, parson of the Church of Robbiano, adjusts prints of selfies sent by his congregation and glued to empty pews before celebrating Sunday mass in Giussano on March 22, 2020. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on March 21, 2020, ordered all non-essential companies and factories to close nationwide to stem a coronavirus pandemic that has killed 4,825 people in the country in a month. "The decision taken by the government is to close down all productive activity throughout the territory that is not strictly necessary, crucial, indispensable, to guarantee us essential goods and services," Conte said in a late-night TV address.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference about coronavirus, as journalists sit far apart, in Berlin, Sunday, March 22, 2020. German authorities have issued a ban on more than two people meeting outside of their homes, which they believe will be easier to follow than locking people in their homes. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness.
The French Marine Nationale carrier Tonnerre sails out of the port of Ajaccio on March 22, 2020, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, heading for the port of Marseille on mainland France. The Tonnerre is carrying 12 patients with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, from the island to the mainland where they will be taken to Toulon for medical supervision.
Two friends enjoy their lunch together at a safe distance in central Leeds on March 21, 2020, a day after the British government said it would help cover the wages of people hit by the coronavirus outbreak as it tightened restrictions to curb the spread of the disease.
A man swims in the normally crowded popular beach Los Corales, in La Guaira, Venezuela, Saturday, March 21, 2020. Most people are staying home after nonessential activities were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Palestinian groom Imad Sharaf, wearing gloves and a face mask, accompanies his bride Bara'a Amarneh as they arrive at their home in the village of al-Dahriya, south of Hebron in the West Bank, on March 20, 2020. The couple celebrated their wedding wearing masks and gloves as caution measures during the corona virus COVID-19 pandemic. Guests were restricted to be first family.
Muslim men perform Friday prayer at the distance of about one meter (3 ft) to each other as a social distancing effort to prevent the spread of new coronavirus outbreak at Al Akbar mosque in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, March 20, 2020.
Passengers ride the tube on March 19, 2020 in London, England. Transport for London announced the closure of up to 40 stations as officials advised against non-essential travel. Bus and London Overground service will also be reduced.
A passenger wears a face mask and plastic food bags on her face as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus after landing at Hong Kong's international airport on March 19, 2020. On March 18, Hong Kong authorities began ordering all arrivals from overseas to wear electronic bracelets, connected to an app to mark your location, and two weeks self-quarantine.
Health personnel measure the temperature of a visitor at the entrance of the Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya on March 18, 2020. The Government of Kenya confirmed new positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 18, 2020, bringing the total official number of cases in the East African country to 7. African countries have been among the last to be hit by the global COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic but as cases rise, many nations are now taking strict measures to block the deadly illness.
Thousands of Muslims attend a prayer session asking for safety amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, near Raipur in Lakshmipur district on March 18, 2020.Thousands of Muslims have joined a special prayer in a southern Bangladesh town seeking protection from the coronavirus to almighty, officials said on March 18 as the south Asian nation confirmed its first casualty by Covid-19.
Volunteers pack hand sanitizer and disinfectant that will be distributed for free in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on March 18 2020, as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19.
Lawmakers wearing face masks as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 attend a session in Congress, in Guatemala City, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Guatemala's President Alejandro Giammattei delivered his emergency economic relief plan spurred by the coronavirus crisis.
A deliveryman wearing a protective face mask pauses by a double-deck tourist bus decorated with a huge mask in the center of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on March 18, 2020. Ukraine late on March 16 announced shutdowns of public transport, bars, restaurants and shopping malls to stem the spread of the coronavirus after President Volodymyr Zelensky promised to act "harshly, urgently, perhaps unpopularly". The government supported Zelensky's proposals and introduced restrictions on domestic movement, including full closure of the country's three metro systems in Kiev, Kharkiv and Dniprom until April 3.
A man sprays commuters with hand sanitizer as a preventive measures in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 18, 2020. African countries have been among the last to be hit by the global COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic but as cases rise, many nations are now taking strict measures to block the deadly illness.
People wait around on the AIDAmira, an Italian registered cruise ship carrying mostly German passengers, as the ship is docked in Cape Town harbour, and is being quarantined due to several suspected COVID-19 cases on board, on March 18, 2020, in Cape Town, South Africa.
Trucks are jammed in the early morning on Autobahn 12 in front of the German-Polish border crossing near Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, March 18, 2020. In order to make it more difficult for the corona virus to spread, Poland had reintroduced controls at the border crossings to Germany.
The UME (Emergency Army Unit) attend the train station in Granada, Spain March 17, 2020. Police checked passports and IDs at the Pyrenees' border with France and along the 1,200 kilometer shared border with Portugal, as Spain re-established controls for incoming and outgoing travellers to stem the new COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
A street vendor wears a plastic bag as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 16, 2020. The Sao Paulo stock exchange closed down 13.9 percent Monday and the Brazilian real closed below five to the dollar for the first time ever in further fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Police disinfect a van at a hotel in Buenos Aires on March 16, 2020 before going to Ezeiza International airport from where a couple of US tourists will be expelled from the country for violating coronavirus quarantine rules. The couple defied restrictions imposed on visitors to try to limit the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Peruvian army soldiers control traffic in Lima on March 16, 2020, in an attempt to persuade the population to stay at home, one day after President Martin Vizcarra announced a State of Emergency and a two-week nationwide home-stay quarantine together with the closure of all borders to fight the spread of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus. No fatalities have been recorded of the 86 cases of Covid-19 detected in the country.
A woman wears a medical mask plane with her smartphone as she walks inside a Metro station in Moscow, Russia, Monday, March 16, 2020. The Russian government says that it has decided to bar entry to all foreigners starting Wednesday. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
Serbian medical worker checks the body temperature of a traveller on March 15, 2020, at the Batrovci border crossing between Serbia and Croatia. Currently there are 46 positive cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in the Republic of Serbia. Serbian government temporarily prohibits the entry of foreign nationals arriving from countries particularly affected by the virus. Serbian nationals coming from the affected area go to a mandatory solitary confinement at home, under medical supervision, for 14 days. Previously indoor mass events are cancelled, and no spectators at sporting events. The government has "temporarily closed" 44 border crossings (the main ones remain open), to road, rail and river traffic.
A Catholic worshipper using protective gloves prays with a rosary beads at the Santa Maria de Cana parish in Pozuelo de Alarcon, outskirts Madrid, Spain, Sunday, March 15, 2020. Pope Francis has praised people for their continuing efforts to help vulnerable communities, including the poor and the homeless, amid the coronavirus pandemic. The vast majority of people recover from the COVID-19. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness.
A Catalan Autonomous police officer, Mosso d'Esquadra, halts a woman who was jogging through Las Ramblas on March 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. As part of the measures against the virus expansion the Government has declared a 15-day state of emergency which will come into effect today.
People clap their hands and wave, in Rome, Saturday, March 14, 2020. At noon in Italy, people came out on their balconies, terraces, gardens or simply leaned out from open windows to clap for several minute in a gesture of thanks for the doctors, nurses, other hospital staff and ambulance crews who have been treating and helping infected patients.
Medical staff members wearing protective suits take samples from a young boy to test for the novel coronavirus called COVID-19 at the Bulovka hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Czech Republic's government has approved further dramatic measures early Saturday to try and stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Employees of the Istanbul Municipality wearing protective gear disinfects a subway carriage to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, in Istanbul on March 12, 2020. Turkey announced on March 11, 2020 its first coronavirus case, a man who had recently travelled to Europe and is in good health.
Workers place a mask on the figure of the Fallas festival in Valencia, Wednesday March 11, 2020. The Fallas festival which was due to take place on March 13 has been cancelled over the coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
A disinfectant worker sprays anti-septic solution against COVID-19 aboard a firetruck along a street on March 11, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday declared a state of public health emergency as the number of people infected with COVID-19 in the country rose to 33 from just 3 cases last week. With over 115,000 confirmed cases around the world, the coronavirus has so far claimed over 4,000 lives.
Medical staff celebrate after all patients were discharged at a temporary hospital set up to treat people with the COVID-19 coronavirus in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 9, 2020. China closed most of its makeshift hospitals for coronavirus patients, some schools reopened and Disney resort staff went back to work on March 9 as normality slowly returns to the country after weeks battling the epidemic.
An Iraqi health ministry worker scans the body temperature of a driver of an incoming vehicle in Iraq's northern city of Mosul on March 8, 2020, as part of measures against COVID-19 coronavirus disease.
A protester sprays protesters with sprays disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus during a rally demanding women's right during the International Women's Day in Tahrir square in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 8, 2020.
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers search for victims at the site of a hotel collapse in Quanzhou, southeast China's Fujian Province, Sunday, March 8, 2020. Several people were killed and others trapped in the collapse of the Chinese hotel that was being used to isolate people who had arrived from other parts of China hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, authorities said Sunday.
Medics treat a patient infected with the new coronavirus, at a hospital in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, March 8, 2020. With the approaching Persian New Year, known as Nowruz, officials kept up pressure on people not to travel and to stay home. Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour, who gave Iran's new casualty figures Sunday, reiterated that people should not even attend funerals.
Volunteers spray disinfectant with a robot at a residental area in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 3, 2020. The world has entered uncharted territory in its battle against the deadly coronavirus, the UN health agency warned, as new infections dropped dramatically in China on March 3 but surged abroad with the US death toll rising to six.
Medical personnel attend to a patient in critical condition at a hospital designated for coronavirus patients in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Sunday, March 1, 2020. China on Sunday reported a slight uptick in new cases exceeded 500 over the past 24 hours. They remain almost entirely confined to the hardest-hit province of Hubei and its capital, the epicenter of Wuhan.
Mask-clad commuters make their way to work during morning rush hour at the Shinagawa train station in Tokyo on Feb. 28, 2020. Tokyo's key Nikkei index plunged nearly three percent at the open on February 28 after US and European sell-offs with investors worried about the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
Workers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at a bus garage in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 26, 2020. The number of new virus infections in South Korea jumped again Wednesday and the U.S. military reported its first case among its soldiers based in the Asian country, with his case and many others connected to a southeastern city with an illness cluster.
A shopper wearing face mask pushes a shopping cart in front of an empty shelves inside a grocery store on Feb. 9, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong has 29 confirmed cases of Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), with over 37,500 confirmed cases around the world, the virus has so far claimed over 800 lives.
A Chinese woman wears a protective mask as she has her temperature checked before entering a park with her child on Feb. 9, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to more than 37000 in mainland China Sunday, days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a global public health emergency. China continued to lock down the city of Wuhan in an effort to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts have confirmed can be passed from human to human. In an unprecedented move, Chinese authorities have put travel restrictions on the city which is the epicenter of the virus and municipalities in other parts of the country affecting tens of millions of people. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to over 810 on Sunday, mostly in Hubei province, and cases have been reported in other countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and several others. The World Health Organization has warned all governments to be on alert and screening has been stepped up at airports around the world. Some countries, including the United States, have put restrictions on Chinese travelers entering and advised their citizens against travel to China.
A Chinese girl wears a plastic bottle as makeshift homemade protection and a protective mask while waiting to check in to a flight at Beijing Capital Airport on Jan. 30, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to over 7000 in mainland China Thursday as the country continued to lock down the city of Wuhan in an effort to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts have confirmed can be passed from human to human. In an unprecedented move, Chinese authorities put travel restrictions on the city which is the epicenter of the virus and neighboring municipalities affecting tens of millions of people. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to over 170 on Thursday, mostly in Hubei province, and cases have been reported in other countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and France. The World Health Organization has warned all governments to be on alert, and its emergency committee is to meet later on Thursday to decide whether to declare a global health emergency.
Chinese police officers wearing masks stand in front of the Tiananmen Gate on Jan. 26, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of coronavirus rose to 1,975 in mainland China on Sunday. Authorities tightened restrictions on travel and tourism this weekend after putting Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, under quarantine on Thursday. The spread of the virus corresponds with the first days of the Spring Festival, which is one of the biggest domestic travel weeks of the year in China. Popular tourism landmarks in Beijing including the Forbidden City, Badaling Great Wall, and The Palace Museum were closed to the public starting Saturday. The Beijing Municipal Education Commission announced it will delay reopening schools from kindergarten to university. The death toll on Sunday rose to 56. The majority of fatalities are in Wuhan where the first cases of the virus were reported last month.
Chinese children wear protective masks as they wait to board trains at Beijing Railway station before the annual Spring Festival on Jan. 21, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to nearly 300 in mainland China Tuesday as health officials stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts confirmed can be passed from human to human. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to six on Tuesday and cases have been reported in other parts of Asia including in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.