Coronavirus cases in the US surge past 35,200

The UAE is suspending all passenger and transit flights for two weeks, while Saudi Arabia has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Europe, Italy has moved to stop all domestic travel, as the country’s death toll from COVID-19 climbed past 5,400.

More than 15,300 people have died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, globally. An estimated 100,000 of the 349,000 people who have been diagnosed with the disease across the world have recovered, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

I’m Mersiha Gadzo taking over from Kate Mayberry with Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, March 23
12:34 GMT – Russia to use mobile phones to track people
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin gave the authorities five days to develop a system to track people who have come into contact with anyone with coronavirus by using mobile phone geolocation data.

Under the new system, people would be sent information if they came into contact with someone who was infected and the same information would be passed on to special regional headquarters set up to fight the pandemic.

The Kremlin said the measure was legal and part of measures Russia is taking to try to halt spread of the virus.

12:18 GMT – Singapore reports rise of 54 cases to 509

Singapore’s health ministry reported 54 new cases of the coronavirus, mostly from residents returning from other parts of the world where the infection has spread.

Of the new infections, 48 were imported cases. Singapore’s total stands at 509, with two fatalities.

12:08 GMT – US Fed amounts new steps to combat hit to economy

The US Federal Reserve, citing “tremendous hardship” caused by the coronavirus pandemic, said it would begin backstopping an unprecedented range of credit for households, small businesses and major employers.

The Fed said in a statement the effort was taken because “it has become clear that our economy will face severe disruptions”.

12:00 GMT – India to stop domestic flights

All domestic flights will stop from Tuesday midnight, India’s federal government announced.

Airlines must plan operations in order to land at their destination before 11:59pm on Tuesday, the government said in statement.

Only cargo flights will be allowed. International flights have already been banned for a week.

11:51 GMT – Azerbaijan GP postponed
Azerbaijan postponed its June 7 Formula One Grand Prix, following the cancellation of the Australian and Monaco rounds and the postponement of Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands and Spain.

Here is a list of what other sporting events have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

11:50 GMT – South Africa cases rise by 128 to 402
South Africa’s health minister said the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 128 to 402 since Sunday.

11:45 GMT – Switzerland cases rise by 956 to 8,060: health agency
Swiss health authorities reported 956 more coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of people tested positive in Switzerland and Liechtenstein to 8,060.

The number of deaths rose by six from Sunday to 66, the Federal Office of Public Health said.

11:30 GMT – Map: How many cases does each Indian state have?
At least seven people have died in India after contracting COVID-19, which has infected more than 400 people across the South Asian country, and health experts warn that a big jump in cases could be imminent.

11:20 GMT – Botswana’s president in self-isolation
Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi has gone into self-isolation for 14 days after returning from a trip to neighboring Namibia, the presidency said in a statement.

Masisi took an emergency official trip to Namibia on Saturday to attend a meeting with other regional heads of state to discuss measures put in place by countries bordering Botswana to fight the coronavirus.

“The rationale for the imposition of self-isolation is that while Namibia has registered three imported cases and is considered low risk for SARS-CoV-2 transmission at the time of His Excellency the President’s trip to Namibia, the low testing rates in the region make that determination difficult and there is a high possibility of undetermined local transmission,” the statement said.

11:10 GMT – Nigeria reports first death
Nigeria reported its first death from coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases rose to 36.

“The case was a 67 year old male who returned home following medical treatment in UK. He had underlying medical conditions – multiple myeloma and diabetes and was undergoing chemotherapy,” the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control wrote on Twitter.

The agency said the confirmed number of infections in Nigeria had now risen to 36, with cases registered in the largest city Lagos, the capital Abuja and four other states.

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