UAE cancels flights, Saudi Arabia implements dusk-to-dawn curfew as infections exceed 336,000 globally.
The UAE is suspending all passenger and transit flights for two weeks, while Saudi Arabia has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
In Europe, Italy has moved to stop all travel within the country, as more than 5,400 people have died in the country from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.
Spain, the second-worst affected country in Europe, plans to extend a state of emergency until April 11, after recording more than 1,700 deaths.
More than 14,500 people have died from COVID-19 globally. An estimated 98,000 of the 336,000 people who have been diagnosed with the disease across the world have recovered, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
Turkish Airlines suspends nearly all international flights
Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines suspended nearly all international flights as of Monday until April 17.
The only exceptions are New York, Washington, Hong Kong, Moscow, and Addis Ababa, the airline said in a statement.
The airline will continue its domestic flights with cutbacks and cargo operations as planned.
Uzbekistan to lock down Capital
Uzbekistan will lock down its capital city Tashkent from March 24, the Central Asian nation’s government said.
With all but one of Uzbekistan’s 46 confirmed cases registered in the city of more than 2.5 million, the government has already shut down public transit in the capital and ordered most businesses to switch to remote working.
Cases in Indonesia rise by 65 to 579: official
Indonesia reported 65 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in Southeast Asia’s largest economy to 579, Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto told reporters.
The number of people killed by the virus rose by one on Monday to 49, he said, while 30 patients have recovered from the disease.
Hong Kong bans all non-resident arrivals
Hong Kong will ban all non-residents from entering the financial hub from Wednesday, its leader said, as it tries to halt a recent spike in virus infections from people returning from abroad.
“From midnight of March 25, all non-Hong Kong residents flying in from overseas will not be allowed into the city,” Chief Executive Carrie Lam said, adding the order would be in place for at least two weeks.
Infections in the Philippines rise to 462 cases
The Philippines’ health ministry confirmed 82 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of cases to 462.
Brazil football stadiums to turn into coronavirus field hospitals
Brazil’s top football clubs are handing over their stadiums for health authorities to turn them into field hospitals and clinics to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Scores of Indian districts under lockdown
Authorities in India have placed at least 75 districts across the country under stringent lockdown after cases of coronavirus were detected from those areas, as the world’s second-most populous nation stepped up measures to halt the spread of the pandemic.
UAE suspends passenger, transit flights
The UAE, home to the world’s busiest international airport is suspending all passenger and transit flights for two weeks.
The country’s emergency and crisis management body and its Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement the decision to stop all commercial flights will take effect in 48 hours.
Dubai’s famous shopping malls will also close “for a renewable period of two weeks”.
Fresh food markets will also close but pharmacies and food retail outlets will stay open. Restaurants are limited to home deliveries.
Saudi Arabia imposes dusk-to-dawn curfew
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman announced a nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew from Monday in a bid to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.
The curfew – from 7pm until 6am – will be imposed for 21 days, the official Saudi Press Agency reported, citing a royal order.
The move comes after Saudi Arabia on Sunday said the number of COVID-19 cases had jumped to 511, the highest in the Gulf.
Three doctors die from coronavirus in the Philippines
At least three doctors have died in the Philippines where thousands of medical workers braved to treat patients despite the lack of protective gear, officials said.
Several other doctors were reported to be in critical condition, while hundreds of health care workers were in quarantine after being exposed to the virus in various hospitals in Manila, according to hospitals and colleagues.
The three doctors – a cardiologist, an anaesthesiologist and an oncologist – were infected with the virus while treating patients in three different hospitals in Manila, according to the Philippine Medical Association and the hospitals.
US coronavirus package held up in Senate
The United States’ $1 trillion-plus coronavirus response bill has been held up by partisan battles in the Senate, but talks continued over Democrats’ demands for more funding for medical care and state and local efforts to combat the pandemic.
The measure faltered after it failed to get the necessary 60 votes in the 100-member chamber to clear a procedural hurdle after days of negotiations.