The virus has killed more than 80,000 people and has spread to 209 countries and territories. Here are the latest updates for April 7:
Tokyo Governor's plea for the tens of millions of people in the capital and surrounding regions to avoid non-essential, non-urgent outings until April 12, and particularly this weekend, followed a surge in coronavirus infections this week.
The US Senate unanimously passed a $2-trillion bill aimed at helping unemployed workers and industries hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as providing billions of dollars to buy urgently needed medical equipment.
Financial markets around the world took another hammering on Monday as a rising tide of national coronavirus lockdowns threatened to overwhelm policymakers' frantic efforts to cushion what is likely to be a deep global recession.
International Olympic Committee is stepping up its "scenario planning" for the Tokyo 2020 Games –– including a possible postponement –– as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, it says after an emergency meeting.
While the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions are the hardest hit by the virus, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that young people were also vulnerable.
With borders slamming shut, schools and businesses closing and increasingly drastic restrictions on movement, tens of millions of people across EU and Turkey are heeding official calls to isolate themselves and slow the spread of the virus.
John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”
The Fed move added to efforts by central banks around the world to combat the outbreak, which observers say will likely cause a global recession.
Global markets suffers record falls as alarm over the coronavirus intensifies. Asian markets suffered their worst weekly crashes since the 2008 financial crisis.
As China cancelled numerous sporting events, officials insist the Summer Olympics in Tokyo will take place as scheduled.
Mainland China reports 327 new cases, the lowest since January 23, taking its tally to more than 78,800 cases with almost 2,800 deaths. Meanwhile, WHO says outbreak "getting bigger," warns of spread worldwide.
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