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Coronavirus: latest global developments

AFP  |  Paris 

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- More than 11,000 dead globally -


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At least 11,737 deaths have been recorded since the virus first emerged in December, according to an AFP tally compiled at 1230 GMT (1800 IST) on Saturday based on official sources.

There have been more than 277,106 infections reported in 164 countries and territories.

Italy has recorded 4,032 deaths out of 47,021 cases, with 5,129 recoveries.

China has 81,008 cases, including 3,255 fatalities and 71,740 people recovered.

The worst affected countries after Italy and China are Iran with 1,556 deaths, Spain with 1,326 deaths, and France with 450 deaths.

- Nearly one billion people confined to homes -

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An estimated 900 million people are now confined to their homes in 35 countries around the world -- including 600 million hemmed in by obligatory government lockdown orders -- according to an AFP tally.

Colombia will impose obligatory confinement on Tuesday evening.

The same will begin across Tunisia on Sunday.

In the US, seven US states have issued orders to stay home -- California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut and Nevada.

In total, one in five people in the US are affected by stay-at-home orders.

- Toughening measures -

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Switzerland, which has so far not followed other countries in ordering full confinement, announces it will ban all gatherings of more than five people, and that anyone standing closer than two metres to others risks a fine. Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jordan and Burkina Faso introduce curfews.

- Borders closing -

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Cuba, which is largely dependent on its tourism revenue, will close its borders to non-residents on Tuesday, for 30 days.

The Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso close their borders as of this weekend. Brazil will close its borders as of Monday to all visitors from Europe, Australia and several Asian countries.

- Businesses hit -

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Smartphone shipments take a historic plunge in February, the industry tracker Strategy Analytics says, dropping to 61.8 million, a 38 percent dip from the same month a year earlier.

Air Canada and Air Transat announce they will temporarily lay off some 7,000 staff.

Boeing announces it will suspend its dividend until further notice and that its chief executive and chairman will forgo pay until the end of the year.

Guatemala announces a partial halt to industrial production as of Monday but says this will not affect food and pharmaceutical sectors.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, March 21 2020. 19:36 IST
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