With borders and businesses closing, world hunkers down

With borders slamming shut, schools and businesses closing and increasingly drastic restrictions on movement, tens of millions of people were hunkered down on March 17, heeding government calls to isolate themselves and slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

From Southeast Asia to Europe to the Americas, people found their lives upended by lockdowns and social distancing.

Chinese Doctors Celebrate Closure of Last Temporary Hospital

In China, fewer than 10,000 people will stay in hospitals because of a COVID-19 infection. All temporary medical facilities in Wuhan have been closed, and footage from social networks shows Chinese doctors rejoicing and celebrating the end of probably the most difficult times in their practice.

Can the Chinese breathe a sigh of relief? Xinhua reports: Its Covid 19 "peak" is over

It is alleged that the news, under the label "urgent", was published by the state-run Chinese agency Xinhua.
More than 126.000 people have been infected with coronavirus worldwide, while 4.624 have died. Cuba, Honduras and Ivory Coast have reported the first cases of infected, with Bulgaria, Ireland, Sweden and Indonesia and Greece reported the first victims.

Postponing league games not on agenda for now over coronavirus: Minister

Turkey's Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu has said postponing sports league games is not on the country's agenda for now, after the first case of the coronavirus was confirmed in Turkey on March 11.

Turkish officials have announced that a series of measures would be taken to combat the novel coronavirus.