March 2020 Report
On March 2:Saudi Arabia's health ministry announced its first coronavirus case. The victim travelled from Iran to the Gulf kingdom through Bahrain, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported. Tunisia and Jordan also reported their first cases as the outbreak continues to spread in the Middle East.
On March 3:Italy announced the death toll in the country reached 77, equalling the total deaths in Iran, which stand at 77.
On March 7:the coronavirus had killed nearly 3,500 people and infected another 102,000 people across more than 90 countries. China's Health Commission reported 99 new cases, down from 143 cases the day before, with a total of 80,651 cases nationwide. Official data, meanwhile, showed China's exports plunging 17.2 percent in the first two months of the year after the outbreak brought much of the country to a halt. In Iran, one of the worst-hit countries with 4,747 reported cases and 124 deaths, recently-elected MP Fatemeh Rahbar died from the coronavirus.
On March 8:Saudi authorities locked down the eastern Qatif region in a bid to contain the fast-spreading virus. Riyadh also said it was suspending all schools and universities across the country from Monday until further notice. In Italy, the government imposed a strict quarantine in the state of Lombardy and 14 other areas in the north, affecting a total of 16 million people.
On March 9:Iran released about 70,000 prisoners because of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, Iranian judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi said, without specifying if or when those released would need to return to jail. Germany reported its first two deaths, with at least 1,100 confirmed cases in the country.
On March 10:Both Iran and Italy recorded their highest death tolls in a single day. A total of 54 people died in Iran over a 24-hour period, while in Italy, 168 new fatalities were recorded from the coronavirus. Lebanon and Morocco reported their first deaths from the virus, while Democratic Republic of the Congo, Panama and Mongolia confirmed their first cases of infection.
On March 11:WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, as Turkey, Ivory Coast, Honduras and Bolivia confirmed their first cases. In Qatar, infections jumped drastically from 24 to 262 in a single day.
On March 12:The global death toll surpassed 4,600 with infections exceeding 126,100 cases. China reported 15 new cases, its lowest number since the daily reporting on infections began seven weeks ago.
On March 15:Spain reported about 2,000 new coronavirus cases and more than 100 deaths over the last 24 hours. The new figures raise Spain's COVID-19 death toll to 288, with more than 7,700 people infected. Kazakhstan, the Phillipines and Austria announced tightened restrictions in a bid to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
On March 16:New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered the city's bars, theatres and cinemas to close down, as the number of cases continued to rise in the US. On the same day, more cases were reported in Turkey and Pakistan, while Iran registered a total of 14,991 infections and 853 deaths. The Gulf region marked its first death due to coronavirus in Bahrain. In Africa, Somalia confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus. Two South American countries, Chile and Guatemala, announced they had closed their borders as part of measures aimed at containing the virus.
On March 17:Italy reported 345 new coronavirus deaths in the country over the past 24 hours taking its total death toll to 2,503 - an increase of 16 percent. The total number of cases in Italy rose to 31,506 from a previous 27,980, up 12.6 percent - the slowest rate of increase since the contagion came to light on February 21. Turkey, meanwhile, reported its first death related to the pandemic, an 89-year-old person.
On March 18:Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared for the first time ever a "human biosecurity emergency" in the country. Morrison said the travel advisory had been upgraded to the highest level and told Australians: "Do not travel abroad, do not go overseas." Italy, meanwhile, recorded 475 new deaths, the highest one-day toll of any nation, taking its total to 2,978. The total number of infections in the country reached 35,713. For the first time since the start of the epidemic, no new domestic cases were reported in China.
On March 19:Italy overtook China as the country with the most coronavirus-related deaths, registering 3,405 dead compared to 3,245 in China. The death toll in Spain soared by 209 to 767 fatalities from the previous day. A roughly 25 percent increase in infections was recorded, taking the country's total to 17,147.
On March 20:Coronavirus-related deaths surged past 10,000 globally. The number of cases in Germany rose by 2,958 overnight to 13,957. Spain, meanwhile, said the death toll due to COVID-19 had risen to 1,002. In China, however, no new domestic cases were reported for a second consecutive day even as concerns remained about infected people flying into the country and importing a second wave of the disease.
On March 21:Europe remains the epicentre of the coronavirus with Italy reporting 793 new fatalities, its biggest daily increase, bringing the total number of deaths to 4,825 amid 53,578 cases. Spain is the second worst-hit country in Europe with more than 21,000 infections and at least 1,000 deaths. To help each European country to contain the pandemic, the EU has taken the unprecedented step to suspend rules on public deficits, giving countries free rein to inject spending into the economy as needed. Meanwhile, the first two fatalities have been reported in Singapore.
On March 22:The global death toll rose above 13,000 while infection count surpassed 311,000. Governments around the world continued to lock down their countries, with the latest curfew coming into effect in India. The besieged Palestinian territory of Gaza registered its first two coronavirus cases.
On March 23:Italy reported 602 new deaths, bringing the total to 6,077 with the tally of cases in the country, rising to 63,928. Meanwhile, in the US, the number of cases surged past 35,000, with a death toll of 495, according to John Hopkins University data.
On March 24:Spain reported 6,600 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections to 39,673, while fatalities rose to 2,696 from 2,182 the previous day.
Laos recorded its first two coronavirus cases:
On March 27:The White House and Senate leaders of both parties have struck an agreement on a sweeping $2 trillion measure to aid workers, businesses and a healthcare system strained by the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, India's 1.3 billion people have joined the global lockdown, and Spain recorded more than 700 deaths over the past 24 hours, surpassing China in the total death toll, making the country now second to only Italy.