Coronavirus live updates: New Jersey shuts down nonessential businesses, Italy deaths soar

  • The coronavirus has infected more than 287,000 and killed at least 11,921 worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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  • Global cases: More than 287,00
  • Global deaths: At least 11,921
  • U.S. cases: At least 19,931
  • U.S. deaths: At least 275

The data above is from Johns Hopkins University.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order mandating that “nearly all” state residents stay at home, NBC New York reported.

“All gatherings are canceled,” Murphy tweeted. “ALL non-essential retail businesses must indefinitely close their physical stores to the public effective 9:00 p.m. [Saturday night].

In New Jersey, 1,327 people have tested positive for COVID-19, Murphy said Saturday, 442 more cases than the previous day. To date, 16 people have died from the virus, Murphy said. —Terri Cullen

Italy’s grim tally of coronavirus cases and deaths continues to soar, with officials on Saturday announcing new day-to-day highs: 793 dead and 6,557 cases.

The country, at the heart of western Europe’s rampaging outbreak, now counts 53,578 known cases.

More than 60 percent of the latest deaths occurred in the northern region of Lombardy, whose hospitals have been reeling under a staggering caseload that has left intensive care beds hard to find and respirators in dire supply. The new increases come nearly two weeks into a national lockdown in a desperate bid to contain the contagion. —Associated Press

The United Arab Emirates is shutting beaches, parks, pools, cinemas and gyms from Sunday for two weeks over coronavirus concerns, the state news agency WAM said on Saturday.

Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to operate for the same period at 20% of capacity, and as long as customers are at least two metres apart, and for delivery services, subject to review. —Reuters


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