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COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic: Worldwide Death Toll Rises to Over 11,000, Italy takes Military Help to Impose Lockdown

  • On Friday, Italy announced 627 new deaths, the largest single-day death toll in the world since the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak started. While the total death toll in Italy on Friday has reached 4,032, the total number of infection cases has gone above 47,000 cases. The Chinese medical experts helping the Italian officials to deal with the crisis has said that the restrictions imposed in the worst affected Lombardy region are “not strict enough”. Attilio Fontana, president of the Lombardy region, has said in a news conference on Friday that the Italian government has agreed to the request of using the army for enforcing the lockdown. He went on to say that “114 soldiers will be on the ground throughout Lombardy”. The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned that young people can also get affected by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and therefore advised them to avoid socializing and communicating it to older. The total death toll and confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection world over are more than 11,000 and around 250,000 respectively. The US Vice President Mike Pence’s spokesperson Katie Miller has said in a statement that “a member of the Office of the Vice President tested positive for the Coronavirus”. The statement went on to add that “neither President Trump nor Vice President Pence had close contact with the individual.” On Friday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered cinemas, theaters, restaurants, pubs, and gyms in the UK to remain closed to contain the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. 147 new coronavirus infections have been reported in South Korea, taking the total infection cases to 8,799 in the country. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in South Korea has increased to 102. The Japanese public broadcaster NHK has said that the total infection cases till now in Japan has reached 1,728, which includes 1,016 domestically transmitted cases and 712 cases of infections from a cruise ship moored near Tokyo in February. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said that due to cancellation and suspension of flights across Africa due to coronavirus pandemic, the aviation industry in Africa has made a revenue loss of up to $4.4 billion as of March 11, 2020.