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.
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.
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.