Britain told pubs, restaurants and theaters to close and warned citizens to stop panic-buying.
While the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions are the hardest hit by the virus, the WHO has warned that young people are also vulnerable.
Australia’s famed Bondi beach and Rio de Janeiro’s beaches were ordered shut, and the normally bustling US-Mexico border was deserted as a shutdown took effect Saturday.
In the US Congress, lawmakers expressed hope of striking an agreement on a $1 trillion emergency aid package, amid fears of widespread economic fallout because of the pandemic.
Vice President Mike Pence said he and his wife would be tested for the coronavirus after one of his office staff contracted the illness.
And the US Food and Drug Administration also approved the first coronavirus test that can be conducted entirely at the point of care for a patient — and deliver results in 45 minutes.
In sports, the USA Track and Field became the latest influential athletic body to ask for the Summer Olympics to be called off.
“The right and responsible thing to do is to prioritize everyone’s health and safety,” chief Max Siegel said in a letter to the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC).