Coronavirus: More countries impose lockdowns as death toll crosses 17,000


Over 1.7 billion people across the world have been locked down as more countries impose curbs to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The death toll from the virus has topped 17,000.

Italy has reported 602 new deaths, bringing the total to 6-thousand and 77 with nearly 64,000 infected.

Meanwhile in the Uinted Kingdom, 54 people have died in the past 24 hours, taking the toll to over 300, with more than 6,600 confirmed cases.

The number of coronavirus infections across Pakistan has risen to 892, with 99 cases in 24 hours.

Provincial governments of Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan have ordered shutdown amid virus spread.

Giving a media briefing, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Services, Dr Zafar Mirza said out of all infected cases, five are critical, while 6 have recovered.

He said there over 7,700 suspected cases in the country.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation says members of the G-20 group of nations should demonstrate solidarity in tackling the new coronavirus pandemic.

Also, finance ministers from the world’s 20 largest economies have agreed to develop an action plan to respond to COVID-19.

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