South Africa suspends soccer/cricket - South Africa is working to minimize the impact of coronavirus, and part of that includes stopping soccer and cricket in the country for the time being. The suspension of both sports will last for at least 60 days. Other countries have taken a similar measure, including Morocco and Ghana.
Gas explosion kills 15 - In Nigeria, a gas processing plant near a pipeline exploded and killed at least 15 people. The explosion was caused by a truck that ran into gas cylinders. At least 50 buildings were destroyed by the fire and a school near the plant was also impacted by the explosion. Some students were injured in the event.
Man sentenced for killing disabled people - Satoshi Uematsu has been sentenced to death for stabbing and killing 19 disabled people at a care home in 2016. He had worked in a care facility near Tokyo, and his actions are one of Japan’s worst mass killings. Uematsu had previously told a Japanese newspaper that there was no point in living for people with mental disabilities.
Large gatherings bared in India - In Delhi, India, the state government has stopped large gatherings as a way to stop the spread of COVID-19in the city. There have been protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act as some allege the law is illegal and that it grants citizenship based on religious views. In India, there have been 114 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of March 16.
Germany/France announce new measures to halt COVID-19 - French President Emmanuel Macron announced the country will enforce a lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19. Germany has shutdown most businesses outside of grocery stores. Religious services have also been banned in Germany and people are not allowed travel domestically. Schools in Germany have also been canceled.
Pope Francis prays for those impacted by coronavirus - Italy is on lockdown, but Pope Francis stepped out to pray at a crucifix that some believe helped to save Romans from a plague in 1522. The Pope prayed for the healing of those who are sick and asked for families and friends to find comfort. He also prayed for doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers, according to the Vatican.
Pregnant woman from Guatemala dies trying to come to U.S. - Miriam Stephany Giron Luna, a 19-year-old pregnant woman, died after falling from the U.S.-Mexico border wall. Doctors tried to deliver her baby through an emergency C-section but failed to do so. She was taken to a hospital where she underwent other surgeries, but died from her injuries.
$15 million stolen at Santiago airport - Authorities in Chile are searching for at least seven men who entered the cargo area of the Santiago airport in Chile where they stole money that was being stored. It is believed the men are connected to a gang. Five years ago, a gang stole nearly $10 million that was being shipped from the Arturo Merino Benitez airport.
COVID-19 may last all summer - President Donald Trump said Americans over the next 15 days shouldn’t attend bars, restaurants, gyms and avoid crowds. He said the COVID-19 virus could last until the end of summer, if not longer. As of March 16, in the U.S. there are over 174,000 confirmed cases of the virus and more than 6,700 people have died from it.
Canada not allowing most foreigners - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will close its borders to anyone who is not a citizen or a permanent resident. This does not include U.S. citizens. Four airports in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver are accepting international flights. Canada has 324 confirmed cases of COVID-19.