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9:34 p.m. - In Hungary, all schools will be closed from Monday to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The lessons should run as well as possible via digital channels, said Prime Minister Viktor Orban in a video message on the Internet. At the universities of the Eastern European country there has been no teaching since the beginning of the week.

8:34 p.m. - US President Donald Trump declares a national emergency because of the corona virus. The measure would release further federal funds of up to $ 50 billion to combat the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus, Trump said at a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House. John Hopkins University registered more than 1,700 cases of infection and around 40 deaths in the United States. The actual number of infections is likely to be significantly higher. So far, however, there has been a lack of coronavirus tests. The chairwoman of the House of Representatives, the Democrat Nancy Pelosi, announced a law that would allow all concerned free evidence. In addition, the law is intended to ensure continued payment of wages in the event of illness for a period of two weeks and strengthen unemployment insurance.

8:22 p.m. - Cyprus only lets its own citizens on the Mediterranean island for 15 days to prevent the spread of corona. From Sunday entry will be banned for anyone who is not a Cypriot or is not registered in the EU member state, said President Nikos Anastasiades on national television.

8.11 p.m. - Schools and universities in Morocco will be closed from March 16 until further notice. With this measure, the government wants to take action against the spread of the corona virus, said the Ministry of Education in Rabat. So far, there are seven people in Morocco who have been diagnosed with Sars-CoV-2 after returning from China, Italy, Spain, Algeria or France.

7.50 p.m. - According to a media report, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) wants to reactivate retired doctors, nurses and nurses in the Corona crisis. This is reported by the newspaper "Bild", citing a letter from Spahn to the managing directors of the German hospitals.

Police officers check travelers in a long-distance bus at the Polish border

7.46 p.m. - Poland closes its borders. No foreigners are allowed to enter the country from Sunday onwards. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced this at a press conference in Warsaw. Polish citizens returning to the country would be quarantined for 14 days. Restaurants, bars and casinos would be temporarily closed.

7.16pm - Denmark is also closing its borders in the corona crisis until further notice. The Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced at a press conference in Copenhagen that the measure will apply from tomorrow, Saturday at 12 noon. The closure does not apply to the transport of goods, medicines and food.

7.00 p.m. - The John Hopkins University reports an increase in confirmed infections in Germany. These are given as more than 3,150, eight people died. According to the Robert Koch Institute, there were still 2,369 infected people on Thursday.

6:26 p.m. -Italy has reported 250 more deaths from the novel coronavirus. It is the highest increase in a day since the counts began. The civil defense in Rome announced that 1266 people had died in Italy from the lung disease Covid-19 caused by the virus. According to the civil defense, the number of coronavirus infections in total rose to 17,660-2547 cases more than the previous day. Italy is now the second worst country affected by the coronavirus crisis in the world. Only China, where the virus was first spotted in December, recorded more deaths.

6:08 p.m. - As a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus, Turkey is temporarily suspending flights to Germany and eight other European countries. From Saturday morning 8.00 a.m. local time (6.00 a.m. CET) there will be no flight connections to Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Norway, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden, said the Turkish Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan in Ankara. The measure will initially apply until April 17th.

6:06 p.m. -The government in London wants to postpone the upcoming local elections in Great Britain by a year. Appropriate legislation will be launched, said a government spokeswoman on Friday. In fact, many British should elect new district councils, mayors and police chiefs on May 7th. The London City Hall chief Sadiq Khan should also have stood for re-election. "I will continue to work with the government and experts so I can help London deal with the coronavirus in the coming weeks and months," Khan tweeted.

6:03 p.m. -Due to the spread of the corona virus, there will no longer be any teaching obligation in the Hessian schools from Monday. The schools remained open, said Hesse's Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) in Wiesbaden.

5:57 p.m. - Louisiana is postponing the Democratic and Republican primaries. The new date is June 20, as the government of the US state announced. The intra-party votes on the respective presidential candidate were actually planned for April 4th.

5.46 p.m. -According to estimates by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 60 to 70 percent of the population in Germany could become infected with the new corona virus within a period of one to two years. That corresponds to about 50 to 58 million people. According to the RKI, this estimate is based on model calculations, which assume that a previously unknown virus is transmitted by droplet infection and triggers a pandemic. This will stop by itself if more and more people have become infected and build up immunity, said Wieler. In the model calculation, the experts assumed that there is currently no immunity, therapies or vaccine against the pathogen. Research groups also anticipate the likelihood that an infected person will initially infect two to three other people. However, that does not mean that these inevitably become ill. The RKI has so far registered more than 2,300 infected people in Germany.

Public places in Milan are cleaned with steam jets and protective suits

5.40 p.m. - Greece closes restaurants and shopping malls to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias announced that supermarkets and pharmacies would remain open. Most recently, the number of confirmed cases skyrocketed to 190.

5.15 p.m. - According to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Europe has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. More infections and deaths were reported in Europe than in all other countries outside China combined, WHO chief Tedros said in Geneva. "More cases are reported every day than at the height of the epidemic in China," he said. Tedros called on all countries in the world to continue to rigorously fight the spread, to find infected people, to isolate them, to monitor contact persons of the infected and to keep their distance from other people. Any country that believes it will be spared major coronavirus outbreaks like other states is making a fatal mistake.

4:53 p.m. -In the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, the heads of state and government of the G7 countries want to consult in a video conference, according to French President Emmanuel Macron. The special switch should take place next Monday, as Macron announced on Friday. Joint measures in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus, such as the development of a vaccine, are to be discussed.

4.34 p.m. - In Brandenburg, regular school lessons are to be suspended for the time being from Wednesday next week for fear of the further spread of the corona virus. This was announced by Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) after a special cabinet meeting in Potsdam. Attending school is still possible, but no longer compulsory.

4:28 p.m. -The Bloomberg news agency, citing insiders, reports that Trump will declare a national emergency because of the corona virus. Initially, no statement on the report was available from the President's Office. Trump has announced a press conference on the corona virus for 8 p.m. (CET).

4:16 p.m. -The German Football League has stopped playing in the Bundesliga and the 2nd division for the time being due to the coronavirus pandemic. The game day planned for this weekend will be postponed, announced the DFL. In two second division clubs, players were infected with the corona virus.

3.46 p.m. -Spain is declaring a state of alarm because of the Corona crisis. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced in Madrid that this measure should be adopted by an extraordinary Council of Ministers on Saturday. "We want to mobilize all means of the state in order to be able to protect the citizens better," emphasized the socialist, who spoke of an "extraordinary crisis". Spain is "facing tough, difficult weeks". The state of alert is the third highest of the emergency levels provided for in the Spanish Constitution.

3.40 p.m. - Due to concerns about the further spread of the corona virus, the Canadian parliament is suspended for five weeks. All parties had agreed on it, it said from the parliament in Ottawa. The break should be over on April 20. The wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, had previously tested positive for the Sars-CoV-2 virus. You will stay in isolation for the time being, it said. She feels fine and has only mild symptoms. Prime Minister Trudeau is in good health, but as a precaution will remain in quarantine for an expected 14 days and fulfill his obligations as Prime Minister from home. So far, around 140 infections with the virus have been reported nationwide in Canada.

3:36 p.m. - In order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Switzerland will introduce controls for travelers at its borders. That is what the government ordered. At the same time, it approved an emergency aid program worth ten billion Swiss francs (equivalent to around 9.45 billion euros) to deal with the economic consequences. Sports and cultural institutions should also be supported. Schools will be closed until April 4th. Meetings of more than 100 people are banned, clubs and restaurants are only allowed to be 50 people at a time.

3.35 p.m. -In Iran - the country with the third highest number of deaths in the coronavirus pandemic - the military says it now wants to take rigorous action. Shops and streets in the country should be completely "emptied" within 24 hours and all citizens should be tested for the virus, the army said on Friday. "Within ten days, the entire Iranian nation will be monitored, be it from space, by telephone or - if necessary - in person," announced Army Chief Mohammed Bagheri. Those suspected of having a disease would be identified.

3.35 p.m. - The corona virus has now been detected in 18 countries on the African continent. Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Guinea were added. Most of the cases are either foreigners or travelers returning from abroad. In most countries, the number of cases is in the single digits.

3.10 p.m. -In Great Britain, the number of infected people rose to 798 from 590 within 24 hours. According to the health authorities, ten patients have died so far. A total of 32,771 people were tested, the Ministry of Health announced.

3:07 p.m. - The EU country Bulgaria declared a month-long state of emergency. This drastic measure was unanimously approved by parliament in Sofia on Friday at the suggestion of the bourgeois-nationalist government. This means that all kindergartens, schools and universities can now be closed.

The trains stand still in the otherwise busy central station in Madrid

2:57 p.m. -Because of the coronavirus pandemic, schools in Hamburg will also be closed on Monday for the time being. In addition, regular operations in the daycare centers will cease. This was decided by the Senate at a special meeting, which Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) reported afterwards. Hamburg is the twelfth federal state with nationwide school closings.

2.44 p.m. - To protect against the corona virus, all schools and daycare centers in the state of Thuringia will remain closed. This was announced by Thuringia's Minister of Education, Helmut Holter (left). Previously, ten other federal states had already decided to close schools in the coming week due to the risk of infection.

2.40 p.m. - Universities, schools and daycare centers in North Rhine-Westphalia will also be closed until April 19. This was announced by Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) in Düsseldorf. It is important that the critical infrastructure can continue to be operated. The care of children whose parents are employed in critical infrastructure will continue to be guaranteed, says Laschet.

02:29 p.m. -Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has canceled all public appointments due to the Corona crisis. Due to the current situation, he was "not going to any foreign appointments until further notice," said the Office of the Federal President in Berlin. In consultation with the event partners, the public appointments planned for the coming period have been canceled or postponed. Steinmeier initially limited himself to internal appointments, telephone conferences and discussions.

2.21 p.m. - The number of people infected with the coronavirus in Spain jumped from 3004 on Thursday to 4209. The health authorities have announced that 120 patients have now died of the disease. 84 dead were reported on Thursday.

2:17 p.m. - Austria is quarantining two areas: the Paznaun Valley and the municipality of Sankt Anton am Arlberg. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced this in Vienna.

2.15 p.m. - The EU wants to put together an investment package with a volume of 37 billion euros to buffer the consequences of the coronavirus epidemic for the member states. "I am convinced that the European Union can withstand this shock," said Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels. "But every member state must fully live up to its responsibilities - and the European Union as a whole must act decisively, in concert and in unity." Von der Leyen also announced that the federal states should be given leeway in meeting the Community's deficit targets and in terms of state aid. In addition, the EU will take on guarantees of eight billion euros for loans to 100,000 companies.

2:12 p.m. - Because of the coronavirus pandemic, France is now banning all gatherings of more than a hundred people nationwide. Among other things, theaters and cinemas are affected, said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. Previously, the maximum number of people allowed to gather was one thousand. The two rounds of local elections this and next Sunday would take place against it.

2:11 p.m. -In Austria, many shops will have to close temporarily from next week. Grocery stores and pharmacies are among the shops that are allowed to remain open, said Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Vienna.

2.10 p.m. -Baden-Württemberg also closes all schools and day-care centers from Tuesday until the end of the Easter holidays. This was announced by Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) in Stuttgart. Baden-Württemberg is the ninth federal state that is planning nationwide closings.

14.07 - Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz considers a supplementary budget to be possible due to the consequences of the corona crisis. "I wouldn't rule that out," said Scholz in Berlin. When asked whether the federal government should also take on debts in this context, the minister said: "It is not entirely implausible that we need additional money." Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had previously spoken out in favor of softening the black zero.

2.00 p.m. -After the opening race in Australia, Formula 1 also canceled the next two races. There will be no driving in Bahrain on March 22nd, as will the premiere in Vietnam on April 5th. The event in China on April 19 had long since been postponed. A catch-up date has not yet been decided. The start of the premier class is currently planned for the end of May.

The ranks remain empty: The Formula 1 premiere in Vietnam has been canceled

1:41 p.m. -According to its own information, the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche has received the green light from the US authorities to launch a new and faster test for the novel coronavirus. The US Food and Drug Administration, the FDA, has approved the marketing of the SARS-CoV-2 test, Roche said. The tests are ten times as fast as those previously available, said Roche head of diagnostics Thomas Schinecker. Results could be available within three and a half hours. The largest devices could test up to 4128 samples in 24 hours.

1:16 p.m. - In North Rhine-Westphalia, according to information from the German Press Agency, all schools will close in the coming week until the Easter holidays. The cabinet has now decided that, as the dpa learned from circles. When exactly this should be implemented has not yet been decided - the "Rheinische Post" reports that the schools should be closed on Wednesday at the latest. This means that North Rhine-Westphalia is the seventh federal state that is planning area-wide closings.

12:59 p.m. - The Czech Republic will impose a complete travel ban from Monday in the fight against the corona virus. As of March 16, foreigners will no longer be allowed to enter and Czechs will no longer be allowed to leave, as the government in Prague announced. So far, 117 cases of corona infected people have been registered in the EU country.

12:54 p.m. - Ethiopia reports its first confirmed corona patient. It is a person from Japan, said the mayor of the capital Addis Ababa, Takele Uma Banti.

12:39 p.m. - According to Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (article picture on the left), the federal government wants to help companies with unlimited credit programs. This ensures the liquidity of the companies for the next few years. According to Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (article picture on the right) a "comprehensive protective shield for employees and companies" is to be put in place.

12:39 p.m. - All Protestant and Catholic services in northern Germany will be canceled for the coming weekend. The cancellation affects the federal states of Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD) also advises against participating in Friday prayers in mosques because of the spread of the corona virus.

12.31 p.m. - In Iran, the number of coronavirus deaths and infections has risen dramatically again. Within one day, the number of deaths increased from 429 to 514, says the spokesman for the Ministry of Health Kianush Jahanpur. The number of officially recorded infections rises to 11,364 - that is 1289 more than the previous day. Most of the infections are again in the capital Tehran.

The economy in Iran is suffering enormously from the coronavirus pandemic

12:05 p.m. - The schools and daycare centers in Schleswig-Holstein will be closed from Monday to April 19. This is announced by the education and health ministries in Kiel. Schleswig-Holstein is the sixth federal state to take such a step.

11:53 a.m. - In Croatia schools and universities will be closed for two weeks. Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic announced that the subject matter will be taught online or via special television channels from Monday.

11.34 a.m. - The federal state of Bremen will also close all schools and daycare centers from next week. The Senate sees this measure as necessary to slow down the further spread of the corona virus, the state government announced after a special meeting.

11.14 a.m. - Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Economics Minister Peter Altmaier are planning liquidity aid worth billions for companies, according to information from the German Press Agency. This is intended to protect companies and jobs. There should also be deferrals of taxes. Altmaier also does not rule out the state's temporary participation in strategically important companies. Altmaier and Scholz want to present a concept during the course of the day.

11.08 a.m. - The European Football Union (UEFA) has announced that matches in the Champions League and Europa League will be suspended for the time being due to the coronavirus crisis. Among other things, Bayern's Champions League second leg against Chelsea is affected.

11.00 a.m. - Bulgaria declares a state of emergency because of the coronavirus epidemic. Parliament decided unanimously that this measure would apply until April 13th. Travel bans and school closings can now be ordered. The police may also intervene if quarantine regulations are not observed.

10:57 a.m. - According to Italy, the European Central Bank (ECB) should become active in the capital market as quickly as possible and ensure that the countries in the euro zone do not have too different refinancing costs. Alessio Mattia Villarosa from the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Rome calls for a "radical change of course". On Thursday, the ECB decided on a larger aid package in the form of additional bond purchases and cheap long-term loans for the banks. However, it did not affect your deposit rate.

For many, the ECB's aid plan does not go far enough

10.50 a.m. - As a precautionary measure, banks and savings banks are closing some of their branches. In Saarland, the Sparkasse Saarbrücken has announced that it will close 25 of its 55 branches in order to reduce the risk of infection. Commerzbank closes four branches because of their proximity to Alsace, which is a risk area in neighboring France. ATMs and bank statement printers are still accessible, explain both banks.

10:34 a.m. - The Bundestag hastily given the green light to facilitate short-time working in order to cushion the economic consequences of the coronavirus. The parliament passed a law across factions and unanimously in one go, with which the federal government is empowered by ordinance to facilitate access to short-time working and to reduce costs for companies. The ordinance with the specific rules is to be adopted by the federal government on Wednesday or the following week.

10:25 a.m. - The German Football League (DFL) proposes to suspend games in the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga from Tuesday to April 2nd. A decision on this is to be made at the general meeting next Monday. The game day this weekend should, if possible, continue to take place without spectators in the stadiums.

10.12 a.m. - The Robert Koch Institute appeals to all people in Germany to limit their social contacts because of the coronavirus epidemic. "Each of us should just think about what we still have to do," says RKI boss Lothar Wieler. There are currently 2369 infections with the corona virus in Germany. According to Wieler, this is a sharp increase of around ten percent compared to the previous day. North Rhine-Westphalia recorded the most cases with 688 infections.

09:50 am - Lower Saxony is the next state to close all schools due to the spread of the corona virus. According to information from the German Press Agency, they will remain tight from Monday. After two weeks of unscheduled closure, two weeks of Easter holidays will begin seamlessly on March 30th.

9.44 a.m. - Armenia's government orders the immediate closure of all educational institutions by March 23rd. So far, six corona cases have been confirmed in the country.

9:34 a.m. - Mount Everest will be closed due to the coronavirus. The issuing of ascent permits has been suspended until further notice, and tourist visas are no longer issued upon entry, according to Nepal's Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai. Depending on how the "global scenario" develops, the decision could still be revised in the coming weeks. The failure of the mountaineering season on Mount Everest would mean a serious financial cut for Nepal. China has also already closed its access to the highest mountain on earth.

9.15 a.m. - After the second blackest trading day in its history on Thursday, the Dax starts trading more firmly at the end of the week. In the first few minutes of trading, the German benchmark index was 3.7 percent higher at 9490 points. "The only question is how long the calm lasts," said Christian Henke, market expert at the brokerage firm IG Markets.

09.13 a.m. - Berlin also wants to gradually close schools and daycare centers from next week. Local public transport is to be reduced to a minimum, reports the broadcaster n-tv, citing Mayor Michael Müller.

9.10 a.m. - Bavaria is the second federal state to close all schools and day-care centers from Monday. This regulation will apply until the end of the Easter break on April 19, announced Prime Minister Markus Söder. Then an inventory will be made. Söder also announces that visits to old people's and nursing homes will be largely prohibited. The Bavarian local elections on Sunday should take place.

Closed day care center in France - this is what it will soon look like in many places in Germany

8:41 a.m. - Kenya reports the first case of coronavirus infection. Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said the patient came back from a trip to the USA via London a few days ago.

8.40 a.m. - Luxembourg is also closing its schools for two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to government reports, there will be no classes in classrooms from March 16 to March 29, and day-care centers and other childcare facilities will also close. The government of the Grand Duchy also prohibits events with more than 100 participants in rooms and with more than 500 participants in the open air. Visits to old people's and nursing homes and hospitals are also generally prohibited. If possible, people should work from home.

8.15 a.m. - Estonia declares a state of emergency amid the spread of the coronavirus. According to the government in Tallinn, the state of emergency will last until May 1st. Schools and other educational institutions should remain closed from Monday. Public events are also prohibited. Health controls are to be introduced at the borders, airports and ports of the Baltic EU country.

08.03 a.m. - Australia's Interior Minister Peter Dutton claims to be infected with the corona virus. He has tested positive and is in the hospital, but feels good, he said.

07.09 a.m. - There is a second corona case in Turkey. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Twitter that it was a person from the environment of the first patient who was diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday.

6:56 a.m. - Prominent corona cases in English football: Team manager Mikel Arteta from the Premier League club Arsenal FC and national player Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea FC have tested positive for Sars-Cov-2. The two London clubs announce. At Arsenal, the entire coaching staff and the professional squad will now be quarantined. The same applies to city rivals Chelsea. Parts of the training centers are temporarily closed and are to be disinfected.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta

06.25 a.m. - Saarland was the first federal state to announce the closure of all schools and day-care centers during the night. They should remain closed from next week until the end of the Easter holidays, as the State Chancellery announced on behalf of Prime Minister Tobias Hans. Emergency care for families will be ensured. The measure is necessary because of the special situation in the neighboring French Grand-Est. The region on the German border has been declared a corona risk area by the Robert Koch Institute.

6:15 a.m. - In India, a patient infected with the novel coronavirus died for the first time. It is a 76-year-old man with previous illnesses of high blood pressure and asthma, according to the Indian Ministry of Health. Before he started coughing and developing a fever last week, he spent the entire month of February in Saudi Arabia. In India, with its 1.3 billion inhabitants, there are now 73 confirmed Covid-19 cases. Because of the corona pandemic, the country has this week

e declared all tourist visas invalid for one month with a few exceptions. However, those who are already in the country are allowed to stay.

05:59 a.m. - Indonesia prohibits the export of breathing masks. Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto announced that it was a temporary measure to ensure national supplies.

Passengers at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta

5.40 a.m. - Australia urges its citizens not to form groups of over 500 people. A corresponding campaign will be launched next week, announced Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The Formula 1 season start planned for Sunday in Melbourne has also been canceled due to a corona case in the paddock. So far, 156 infections have been registered in Australia, and three people have died from the infection.

5.15 a.m. - Singapore issues an entry ban for passengers who have been in Germany, Italy, Spain or France in the past 14 days. The Ministry of Health also calls for all unnecessary trips to these countries to be avoided. In addition, the port will be closed to cruise ships.

04.55 a.m. - The Verdi union has demanded consumer checks for citizens to cushion a possible economic crisis caused by the corona pandemic. As soon as the spread decreases, all citizens should be given the opportunity to stimulate the economy through consumption, said Verdi boss Frank Werneke of the German press agency. Werneke referred to Hong Kong, where there is $ 1,500 for every resident. "We have to spend a lot of money, otherwise the economy threatens to crash." This Friday, the federal government is discussing the situation with business and trade unions.

3.10 a.m. - Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces he will be quarantined for 14 days as a precaution. His wife contracted the corona virus, but she is fine, as his office says. The first lady was reported to have returned from a lecture tour from London with "mild flu-like symptoms". The Prime Minister is "in good health" and shows no symptoms.

02:26 am - After the USA, Latin America is also increasingly sealing itself off because of the corona virus. The states of Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela have announced temporary bans on flights from Europe. In Argentina, head of state Alberto Fernández says flights from Europe as well as the USA, South Korea, Japan, China and Iran will be stopped for 30 days. Passengers who entered Argentina from risk areas in the past two weeks would have to be in quarantine for 14 days. There are now more than 250 confirmed cases of corona infection in Latin America. At least three people have died from the pathogen so far.

12:40 a.m. - The Ministry of Health in Ghana reports the first two infections with the coronavirus. Almost at the same time, the government in Gabon confirmed the first corona case.


11.01 p.m. - In the fight against the corona virus, the Belgian government is ordering the temporary closure of schools, restaurants and clubs. Only grocery stores and pharmacies should remain open, as the government announced. Some other stores would have to close on the weekend. The measures should take effect from midnight until April 3. Public transport should continue to operate.

Empty shelves in a supermarket in the Belgian city of Antwerp

10:50 p.m. - The Portuguese government will close all schools across the country from Monday to curb the spread of the virus. The measure will initially apply until April 9, said Prime Minister Antonio Costa on TV.

9.50 p.m.- Chancellor Angela Merkel calls on the population to refrain from social contacts wherever possible because of the rapid spread of the corona virus. This is what she says after consultations between the federal government and the prime ministers of the states in Berlin. "All unnecessary" events with fewer than 1000 participants should also be canceled, said Merkel. The temporary closure of daycare centers and schools is also an option, for example by bringing the Easter holidays forward. That should be decided in the countries themselves.

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