France has joined Italy and Spain in recording a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases.
Health Minister Oliver Veran told news outlet France 2 that around 5,400 cases have been reported around the country, nearly 1,000 more than Saturday.
The number of virus-related deaths has also risen from 91 to 120 during the last 24 hours
Italy has reported 368 more coronavirus deaths, a new one-day record.
Lombardy – the country’s worst affected region – accounted for 252 of the total.
Nationwide the total death toll is more than 1,800.
In America there are currently over 2,900 confirmed cases in the US, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. There have been 57 deaths so far.
Dr Fauci said he was confident that currently, the government was doing everything it can to control the outbreak.
Iraqi officials have imposed a curfew in the nation’s capital, Baghdad, as they attempt to control the spread of coronavirus.
There are currently 110 confirmed cases of the virus in Iraq.
The state news agency announced that the curfew would be in effect from 17 to 24 March, Reuters news agency reports.
Iraqi officials had earlier banned domestic travel from today until 25 March, except for emergencies, trade and those commuting for work.
SUMMARY OF OUTBREAK TODAY
Tens of millions of Europeans are living under lock-down
Italy reports a rise in its death toll to more than 1,800
France, Iran and Spain also see a spike in deaths
Germany is to restrict border entries from France, Switzerland and Austria
Austria bans gatherings of more than five people, and orders schools and shops to shut
South Africa bars some foreigners from entering and will close schools
UK over-70s are to be asked to self-isolate for an extended period
Voters go to the polls for local elections in France despite widespread restrictions