UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he has tested positive for the new coronavirus.
The announcement on Friday came as Spain recorded 769 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in the country due to the coronavirus to 4,858.
Meanwhile, the United States now has more coronavirus cases than any other country with close to 86,000 infections, according to Johns Hopkins University, pushing the total numbers worldwide to more than 540,000.
More than 124,000 people worldwide have recovered from COVID-19, while more than 24,054 people have died, including 1,288 in the US. Italy has the highest death toll with more than 8,200 deaths.
Friday, March 27
11:20 GMT – UK’s Boris Johnson tests positive
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self isolating but will still lead the government’s response to the outbreak.
“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson said. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.”
10:54 GMT – Death toll in Spain jumps to 4,858
Spain reports 769 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total toll so far to 4,858.
The health ministry said the number of confirmed cases now stands at 64,059.
10:30 GMT – France PM warns ‘difficult’ days ahead
France’s prime minister raised the alarm over an “extremely high” surge in coronavirus cases in the country and warned that the situation would be “difficult in the days to come.”
“We find ourselves in a crisis that will last, in a health situation that will not improve any time soon,” Edouard Philippe said after a cabinet meeting held by videoconference.
10:12 GMT – Kuwait reports new cases
Kuwait confirmed 17 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 225, Kuwait’s news agency KUNA quoted the health ministry as saying.
09:52 GMT – China bans foreign visitors
China will ban entry to all foreigners, including non-nationals with valid visas and residence permits, from midnight on Friday in a move to curb the numbers of imported coronavirus cases.
09:46 GMT – Iran reports more than 140 deaths
Iran announced 144 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the official number of fatalities to 2,378 in one of the world’s worst-hit countries.
“In the past 24 hours, we’ve had 2,926 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections across the country,” health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said in a televised news conference.
“This brings the overall confirmed cases to at least 32,332,” he added, noting that 11,133 of those hospitalised so far have recovered.
09:32 GMT – Russians urged to stay at home
Russia urged its citizens to refrain from travelling, with the exception of essential trips, asking people to stay at home, the Interfax news agency cited Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin as saying.
Mishustin said tough measures were needed, adding that the more stringent changes in Moscow should be extended to other regions of the country.
09:29 GMT – Malaysia reports new cases
Malaysia reported 130 new coronavirus cases and a total of 2,161 infections, the highest total in Southeast Asia.
The number of deaths from the virus outbreak rose to 26, the health ministry said.
09:03 GMT – Indonesia reports highest daily rise in new cases
Indonesia has confirmed 153 new coronavirus cases, the biggest daily rise so far and taking the Southeast Asian country’s total to 1,046, Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto said.
The number of new deaths due to coronavirus rose by 9, bringing the total number of deaths to 87, he said, adding a total of 46 people had recovered from the virus.