Coronavirus defences being bolstered worldwide as infections cross 150,000 1

Coronavirus defences being bolstered worldwide as infections cross 150,000


PARIS: Governments around the world closed more borders on Saturday, and U.S. President Donald Trump said he has been tested for coronavirus, with more than 150,000 cases worldwide.

France also ordered the closure of restaurants, bars, cinemas and night clubs from midnight (Saturday 11pm GMT), but said grocers, pharmacies, banks and tobacco manufacturers would remain open and local elections would take place on Sunday.

Trump – who turned out to be in conflict with medical advice a day ago – said on Saturday that when the White House began monitoring the temperature of anyone with close ties to him or Vice President Mike, he had not yet received a test result in cents

AFP statistics show that on Saturday 1700 GMT, the worldwide number of COVID-19 cases was 151,760, with 5,764 deaths in 137 countries and regions.

To raise the alarm, the United States has extended the travel ban for European countries to the United Kingdom and Ireland. It takes effect on Monday at midnight.

A 30-day US ban previously announced by the United States prohibits travel to the Schengen Border Restricted Zone from 26 European countries.

Norway said it will close airports and ports from Monday and step up border controls. “This actually means that no one can enter Norway,” said Prime Minister Elna Solberg.

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