Coronavirus updates: Global death toll tops 13000

Tuesday, 24 Mar, 2020

"Let us do the things that the government asks us to do for the good of us all", Pope Francis said.

A total of 6,072 people are recorded to have recovered from the disease in the country.

Iran has had more than 1,500 deaths and some 20,000 infections linked to Covid-19.

On Thursday, Italy was witness to yet another grim milestone in its fight against the deadly disease by overtaking China to become the country with the highest number of deaths. Medical experts question Iran's transparency and speculate that its toll might be higher.

Italian general practitioners remember seeing odd pneumonia cases as early as November, which could mean the virus was circulating in parts of Italy before doctors became aware of China's COVID-19 outbreak, a USA radio outlet reported, citing a paper on Italy's coronavirus crisis.

On Sunday, China's National Health Commission reported an increase of six deaths in the past 24 hours for a total of 3,261.

In Latin America, Bolivia ordered citizens to stay at home starting Sunday, and Colombia said it would begin mandatory isolation from Tuesday.

The cops are checking documents and fining those who are heading outside without any valid reason like buying groceries. Those who were out shopping were forced to wait in line at the entrance to make sure the store was filled with only a handful of people at a time.

The OECD in 2019 assessed that while Italy has a higher number of doctors than the European Union average, the country also employed fewer nurses than the rest of the block.

According to the Guardian, people were fined if they were seen to be in parks or taking pictures of the historical monuments with nobody in sight.

In total, the number of infections in the country is now 53,578. This is yet another record that beat one set only the day before. The country has been setting them every day since Wednesday and the jumps are getting exponentially bigger.

The chief health officer of northern Italy's devastated Lombardy region sounded uncharacteristically upbeat Sunday.

Italian doctors already explained that the first infection in Lombardy was the result of an Italian coming into contact with a Chinese person in late January.

New actions were announced by President @realDonaldTrump on Friday as part of the ongoing, government-wide response to the global pandemic.

Italy's health officials sounded notes of guarded hope after reporting another 651 fatalities on Sunday.

The government's latest emergency decree also intensified the lockdown closing all non-essential businesses and industries across the country. Starting Monday, no passenger flights will be made to and from Russian Federation, the national air regulator announced.