Mar 23, 2020

Around one billion people confirmed to homes 

Nearly one billion people around the world were confined to their homes on Sunday, as the coronavirus death toll crossed 13,000 and factories were shut in worst-hit Italy after another single-day fatalities record.

The raging pandemic has forced lockdowns in 35 countries, disrupting lives, travel and businesses as governments scramble to shut borders and unleash hundreds of billions in emergency measures to avoid a widespread virus-fuelled economic meltdown.

The situation is increasingly grim in Italy, the new epicentre of the disease.

At the present there are 340,000 confirmed cases worldwide, with nearly 15,000 deaths and almost 100,000 people recovering.