Ethiopia closes borders - As coronavirus cases have risen to 11 in Ethiopia, the country has decided to close its borders to halt the spread of the virus. Ethiopia is planning to allocate $150 million to fight coronavirus. The country’s military will enforce the closure of the borders.
Coronavirus cases spike in South Africa - There are at least 402 cases of coronavirus in South Africa as of March 23. The country announced 128 confirmed cases alone on the day before. The country is expected to carry out a stimulus package for small businesses. Gatherings of 100 people or more are banned, and the country’s military could enforce this restrictions if areas don’t follow the ban.
South Korea sees lower number of coronavirus cases - Infection rates were at their highest four weeks ago in South Korea, but the country reported on March 23 that there have been 64 new cases in one day. That number marks the lowest the country has seen in four weeks. In South Korea, there have been 8,961 cases of coronavirus and 111 people have died as a result.
What will happen with the Olympics? - The International Olympic Committee has postponed the 2020 Olympic Games until 2021. The games had been scheduled on July 24 in Tokyo,
Austrian bar investigated for alleged non reporting case - Authorities in Austria are investigating whether a bar at the Ischgl ski resort didn’t report a case of coronavirus. The resort has allegedly been linked to other cases of coronavirus in Germany and Scandinavia. Austria has 3,611 confirmed cases of coronavirus to date. The town of Ischgl is now listed as an at-risk area.
Groups of more than two banned in Germany - To fight the spread of coronavirus, Germany has announced it is banning gatherings of groups with two or more people. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said people’s behavior is the best way to slow down the spread of the virus. Merkel recently tested negative for coronavirus and will work from home.
Prison riot kills 23 in Colombia - As fear of the coronavirus continues, prisoners in the La Modelo prison in Colombia tried to escape. At least 83 inmates were injured during a riot at the prison, and at least 23 others died. Inmates in Colombian prisons have held protests due to overcrowding and a lack of health services as the coronavirus pandemic ensues.
Protests in Brazil by banging pots - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has publicly denounced taking precautions against the coronavirus. There have been more than 500 cases of coronavirus in Brazil, and millions of people protested from the windows of their home, by banging on pots. It was the largest protest against Bolsonaro during his time as president of the country.
Kenny Rogers passes - Country music singer Kenny Rogers has passed away at the age of 81 due to natural causes. He won three Grammy Awards and is the 10th best-selling male artist in U.S. history. Rogers is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association.
National Guard sent out amid coronavirus outbreak - The National Guard is active in New York, California and Washington to deliver medical aid. New York City has reported it is worried about a lack of medical supplies. There have been over 600 deaths due to coronavirus in the country while 51,800 people (at press time) have been infected.