France extended lockdown measures by two weeks until April 15. In fact on the 11th of February, 99% of global COVID-19 cases were in China. Italy had the highest numbers of deaths, racking up more than 8,000.
On Friday, Italy also became the second country, after the USA, to pass the total number of confirmed cases in China.
The number of coronavirus infections crossed half-million worldwide on Thursday, with both Italy and the USA on track to surpass China.
"I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus", he said.
Conte noted that COVID-19-related economic recommendations from the European Union are "too timid" and noted that the reaction to the pandemic must involve "innovative financial instruments".
Prince Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the British throne, tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week.
The US has more than 92,000 cases of the virus.
Health care workers grew increasingly angry at the lack of protective equipment. In Spain, 769 people died in one day to a 4,858 total deaths. A Republican lawmaker threatened to delay passage until most lawmakers return to Washington. As on Wednesday, the country has reported 25,233 cases and 1,331 deaths.
At least 1.5 billion people across the world are now under severe travel restrictions.
Virologists have warned that the actual number of Italy's positive cases is up to five times as high as the official count of 80,589.
Nine countries, including hardest-hit Italy and Spain, had pleaded in a letter ahead of the summit for "corona bonds", pooled borrowing to cushion the economic blow of the virus, which has sent economies into hibernation and markets into chaotic flux.
Analysts, however warned that all those infection figures could be low for reasons that varied in each nation. "U.S. numbers can't be trusted because the government can't produce enough tests".
"It's a awful sensation, not being able to breathe", said Russo, a 38-year-old fitness trainer. "Imagine putting your head under water".
Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.
Their model shows 1.86 million people could die, with almost 470 million infected this year. In one month, that number increased by 85,782.
"That is a situation where people just deteriorate over time", Cuomo said. A "goal" that Public Health Officials on the White House task force said could be "flexible" in different areas based on data.
The prime minister was last seen on Thursday night when he clapped outside 10 Downing Street as part of a nationwide gesture to thank NHS staff. A total of 5,402 deaths have been reported, according to the news agency. New York state now has 519 deaths, the majority of those in New York City.
Russian authorities ramped up testing this week after widespread criticism of insufficient screening. More than 1.5 billion around the world have been told to stay in their homes.
In China, where the virus was first believed to have started, the National Health Commission today reported 55 new cases, 54 of them imported infections. China is barring most foreigners from entering.
Currently, there are a total of 542,788 cases of COVID-19 in the world and 24,361 deaths.
In a open letter published on Friday, more than 300 doctors and scientists called on the government to let them use their own laboratories to ramp up testing and identify mild and asymptomatic cases that are now going undetected.
Faced with the exponential spread of the pandemic, the US Senate passed a $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems.
They also pledged "robust" support for developing nations, where coronavirus could next take hold after ravaging China and then Europe. Beijing is sending medical teams and equipment overseas, especially to Europe. The country's death toll earlier this week jumped from 6,820 to 7,500.