Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
- London: health 'tsunami' -
Health officials warn of a "tsunami" of COVID-19 patients in London, Britain's epicentre of the virus. According to an official from the state-run National Health Service there has been an "explosion of demand" in the capital.
With a call for a lockdown being little respected, according to the latest figures, more than 500 patients have died and a total of 11,000 cases have now been confirmed in Britain.
- Spain second worst hit -
Spain has become the second worst hit country in the world, after Italy, in terms of deaths, as its coronavirus toll surged above 4,000 Thursday.
The number of cases has doubled in four days, despite a general confinement decreed on March 14.
- More than 15,500 dead in Europe -
At least 23,000 deaths have been recorded, more than 15,500 of which are in Europe since the virus first emerged in December, according to an AFP tally compiled at 1930 Thursday based on official sources.
More than 505,000 declared cases have been registered in 182 countries and territories of which at least 268,191 are in Europe, the worst-hit continent.
The countries with the most deaths are Italy with 8,165 out of 80,539 declared infections, Spain with 4,089 deaths out of 56,188 cases, mainland China with 3,287 deaths out of 81,285 cases, Iran with 2,234 deaths out of 29,406 cases, and France with 1,696 fatalities out of 29,155 cases.
- Sixteen year old dies -
In France, where the virus is also picking up speed with 360 deaths in hospital in 24 hours, officials report that a 16-year-old girl had died, a rare case of a severe coronavirus case in the young.
- Mass tests in Germany -
Germany is testing up to 500,000 people a week, a virologist said, adding that early detection has been key in keeping the country's death rate relatively low, at less than 200.
- China cuts off from world -
China will drastically cut its international flight routes and bar entry to returning foreigners based in the country to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
The country has not reported any new domestic COVID-19 infections for two consecutive days but officials have raised concerns about the number of imported cases.
- US unemployment soars -
Some 3.3 million people in the US filed unemployment claims last week -- the highest number ever recorded.
The US Senate unanimously approved the nation's largest-ever rescue package, a $2 trillion lifeline to suffering Americans, depleted hospitals and an economy ravaged by the pandemic. More than 1,000 have died in the country.
- G20 commits $5 trillion -
Leaders from the G20 most industrialised nations promised $5 trillion to stave off global economic collapse from the coronavirus, during crisis talks by video link.
- Looming recessions -
International ratings agency S&P Global warned the COVID-19 pandemic will push Britain and the euro area into recession this year, with their economies expected to shrink by as much as two percent.