Tokyo Governor's plea for the tens of millions of people in the capital and surrounding regions to avoid non-essential, non-urgent outings until April 12, and particularly this weekend, followed a surge in coronavirus infections this week.
Italy is second with 86,498 cases and China is third with 81,340 confirmed cases. Here's the latest for March 27:
Afghanistan's political turmoil has impeded each tentative step toward negotiations with the Taliban — negotiations that are supposed to come next under a peace deal that Washington signed with the insurgents last month.
Pakistan is the latest country to employ creative public safety campaigns to increase awareness.
Singapore's extensive surveillance during a two-month-long virus battle has won international praise but it is seeing a surge in cases in recent days. South Korea, where early testing helped slow transmission, is now seeing 100 new cases per day.
The number of confirmed novel coronavirus infections worldwide has surpassed 510,000, according to data released by Johns Hopkins University. Here's the latest for March 26:
Chaired by Saudi King Salman, who is presiding over the G20 this year, the meeting's purpose was to tackle the pandemic and its economic implications as people lose their incomes amid closures, curfews and lockdowns.
A six-year-old child was among the 25 victims of Wednesday's attack, claimed by a group affiliated with Daesh terror group.
Seven passengers have tested positive for Covid-19 aboard the Artania, which had been due to travel onward to South Africa but is now anchored near the port of Fremantle.
India's finance ministry announced a $22 billion economic stimulus package that will include delivering monthly grains and lentil rations to an astonishing 800 million people.
Most of the country's 450-million-strong workforce in the informal economy have no means of reaching home and staying indoors for the 21 days of shutdown.
Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant admits murders of 51 Muslim worshippers last March in Christchurch city, in a surprise change of mind, police say.
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