COVID-19 death toll in Italy over 10 000

28 March 2020, 10:36 PM
The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy barrelled past 10 000 on Saturday, a figure that made an extension of a national lockdown almost certain.
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The White House is seen on the first day of a partial federal government shutdown in Washington.
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France scrambles to repatriate citizens as Morocco stops flights over coronavirus 15 March 2020, 7:28 AM

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Donald Trump
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Italians defy coronavirus with mass singing, applause for doctors 15 March 2020, 5:55 AM

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UN headquarters in New York to slash staff presence for four weeks over coronavirus 14 March 2020, 1:46 AM

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A female diplomat from the Philippines mission to the United Nations tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, according to a note sent to UN missions, making the woman the first known case at the world body's New York headquarters.

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered travel from Europe to the United States restricted for 30 days, responding to mounting pressure to take action against a rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak disrupting nearly all corners of US daily life.