Coronavirus: the latest developments in the world (March 12)

New results and highlights: the latest developments related to the pandemic of the new coronavirus worldwide.
Over 127,000 cases

Since December, 127,070 cases of contamination identified in 115 countries and territories, including 4,687 deaths, according to an AFP count established from official sources Thursday at 12:00 GMT.

Most affected countries: Mainland China (80,793 people affected, 3,169 of whom died and more than three-quarters were cured), Italy (12,462 cases, 827 deaths), Iran (10,075 cases, 429 deaths), South Korea (7,869 cases, 66 deaths), France (2,281 cases, 48 ​​deaths).

United States closed to Europeans

President Donald Trump has announced a 30-day suspension from entry into the United States for travelers who have recently stayed in Europe.

The measure will take effect on Saturday at 04:00 GMT.

It will apply to anyone who has stayed in the Schengen area, which includes 22 of the 27 of the EU states and four other European countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland) during the 14 days preceding their planned arrival in the states United, except for Americans and permanent residents.

Fall of the Scholarships

After the Asian stock exchanges, those in Paris, Frankfurt, London, Milan and Madrid recorded falls.

In New York, trading was suspended on Wall Street after the stock market fell nearly 7%.


A screen shows the fall of the stock market in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday.
A screen shows the fall of the stock market in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday.

Restrictions, closings, postponements

Italy closes bars, restaurants and shops other than food and health. Rome Ciampino Airport will close on Friday and Fiumicino Airport (international flights) will have its activity reduced from March 17.

Ireland closes schools, universities and cultural institutions from Friday until March 29. Sri Lanka is also closing its schools, anticipating school holidays by three weeks.

Kazakhstan closes schools, cinemas and universities, cancels all public events.

Ticino, one of the Swiss cantons bordering Italy, prohibits all gatherings of more than 50 people.

The Russian-European mission to Mars, ExoMars, is postponed to 2022.

India suspended the allocation of all tourist visas until April 15 and decided to impose a quarantine on travelers from seven countries affected by the coronavirus. In a statement, the Indian authorities state that “all travelers from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain and Germany after February 15 will be placed at their arrival in quarantine for at least 14 days ”.

Single entry

The first Hollywood star to announce that he has contracted the new coronavirus, Tom Hanks was placed in solitary confinement in an Australian hospital after being found positive, as was his wife, Rita Wilson.

All members of the Spanish government will be subjected to a test, a minister having been declared positive.

Sport and leisure disturbed

Basketball stopped: the NBA, the International Federation (Fiba) and the Euroleague have announced the suspension of their competitions.

All players, coaches and some staff of the Toronto Raptors (NBA) have been instructed to observe a 14 day quarantine.

The NHL also announced the suspension of its season.

The Spanish Football Championship is suspended for at least two days, the Real Madrid football and basketball teams are placed in quarantine.

The giant and the slalom of Kranjska Gora (Slovenia), scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, were canceled, leading to the end of the Men’s Alpine Skiing World Cup.

The 1,000 miles of Sebring, the seventh round of the 2019-20 World Endurance Championship which was to take place on March 20 and 21, is canceled.

New York postpones its traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 17.


The American social network Twitter has ordered all its employees around the world to work from home.

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