The Italian government is introducing stringent new restrictions to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. These include preventing all but emergency travel in and out of the worst-affected region Lombardy and 14 other provinces in the north and east of the country. Altogether, more than 16 million people will see their movements restricted. The whole of the region of Lombardy, that is a region that is home to 10 million people, that is to be shutdown, lockdown, quarantined off. As well as Lombardy, other provinces in four other regions around Venice, Parma, Modena are also to be quarantined. It means that schools in those areas will remain closed until April 3rd, at least. Museums, swimming pools, theaters are to be shut. Bars, cafes and restaurants can remain open, but they need to ensure that customers can sit at least a meter apart from each other.
All 3500 people onboard the Grand Princess cruise ship lying off the coast of San Francisco will soon be tested for COVID-19. 21 passengers and crew already tested positive. The US Vice President Mike Pence said the ship would be taken to a non-commercial port where people would be put in quarantine. The Grand Princess is currently stranded about 50 miles off the coast of San Francisco. The owners of the vessels say they want to get passengers off and into appropriate facilities as soon as possible, but they're waiting for direction from the Californian state and the US federal authorities. Extra gloves and facemask were delivered to the ship by the US coastguard last night, but there are concerns that food and medical supplies are now running low.
China has reported the lowest number of new infections since January and its daily briefing on coronavirus cases. The National Health Commission said there have been 44 new cases, most of them in Wuhan. 27 people died, the lowest number there in more than a month.
The Brazilian former football star Ronaldinho Gaucho and his brother have been ordered to remain in pretrial detention in Paraguay on charges of using false documents to enter the country. There's a 7-hour hearing in front of the judge. On Friday he'd appeared for the first time and prosecutors had decided then that there was a case for leniency, because Ronaldinho had been very cooperative with them. So they came to the judge asking an alternative punishment, a contribution to a local Paraguayan charity, but the judge absolutely refused this. She said both men were to be held for an undetermined period while the case was properly investigated.
A Chilean man has died of his injuries received during clashes between demonstrators and the police in the capital Santiago. There are unconfirmed reports that he was hit in the head by a teargas canister fired by police. Thousands of people had gathered in a central square in the center of Santiago on Friday night for the second time this week. They were calling for more government action to address social inequality in Chile.
The Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab has announced his government's decision to default on a foreign currency debt for the first time in the country's history. Mr. Diab said Lebanon would not pay a 1.2-billion-euro bond that matures this Monday. He said the decision had been made to protect the country’s interests.
Thousands of civil servants in Burkina Faso have marched through the capital Ouagadougou to protest against a new tax on their bonuses. They said they were being crushed by multiple taxes. One of them warned the government that more protests would follow. This is just to tell our leaders that if they see this march, it's a warning, and that they must listen to the cries of the people of Burkina Faso. As you see, this morning, the masses are out, the people are out, and it's clear that in the coming days, things are likely to get tough. We invite them to open their eyes quickly and to consider the interests of the people, the interests of the workers. It's in the interests of Burkina Faso.
Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro has arrived in Florida for a meeting with Donald Trump. A White House official said that the crisis in Venezuela is expected to be the main focus of the discussions. Both men support the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s bid to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power.