The leading US official dealing with infectious disease, Anthony Fauci has told a congressional hearing that the American system for coronavirus testing is inadequate. Doctor Fauci's comments contrasted with president Trump's earlier assertion that the U.S had what he called a tremendous testing setup.
Global stock markets have been hit by spectacular force due to the coronavirus recording some of their biggest ever one day losses. In New York the Dow Jones index closed 10% down after its worst day since the Black Monday market crash in 1987. European markets also absorbed double-digital falls.
The coronavirus pandemic is affecting sports event around the world. The BBC has been told that the Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix has been called off. North America’s National Basketball Association, NBA, and National Hockey League has suspended their seasons.
The corona virus has prompted the governor of New York state Andrew Cuomo to ban all gatherings of all than 500 people. The announcement has forced the closure of Broadway shows.
The U.S defense Minister secretary Mark Esper says President Trump has given him the authority to do what need to be done following a rocket attack on a base in Iraq that killed two American troops and a British soldier. U.S believes Wednesday's attack was carried out by an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia group.
South Sudan has a new cabinet three weeks after president Salva Kiir and the former rebel leader Riek Machar agreed to form a government. Ministerial jobs will be shared between the two sides in a move which is seen as a significant step in the peace process following years of conflict.
And one of Pakistan's biggest media magnates have been arrested on corruption charges dating back to 1986. The charges against Mir Shakilur Rehman are related to the purchase of plots of land in Lahore.