Streets and sidewalks in cities around the world have emptied as people seek to prevent the spread of the virus.
- The State Department is now urging Americans not to travel abroad under any circumstances as the coronavirus outbreak spreads. U.S. citizens are also advised to return home if they are already abroad, unless they plan to remain overseas.
- As many spring breakers ignore social distancing on the beaches of Florida, some beaches are closing down and deputies enforce social distancing on others. The CDC said more younger people than initially thought are getting seriously ill due to the novel coronavirus.
- Italy surpassed China as the country with the most coronavirus deaths, as its number of fatalities reached 3,405 and the pandemic’s global spread accelerates. According to Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking cases worldwide, China has had 3,249 deaths as of noon Thursday. Worldwide, there have been 230,000 cases and at least 9,358 deaths. Among the deaths in Italy are 13 doctors, two of whom came out of retirement to help out during the national emergency.
- Celebrities, politicians and professional athletes face a backlash after many revealed they had been tested for the virus while test kits are lacking in many places.
- Organizers have reluctantly postponed the Cannes Film Festival, now looking to June.
- Elsewhere, the Bank of England cut its base rate by 15 basis points to 0.1 percent. The Monetary Policy Committee also voted to increase the bank’s holdings of government bonds and sterling non-financial investment-grade corporate bonds by $232 billion.
- New Zealand and Australia said they will close their borders to stop the spread of the virus.