BBC news with Gareth Barlow.
The European union has called on its member states to fight the corona virus pandemic with a rapidly coordinated response and full resources. Announcing a series of measures, the president of the European commission Ursula von der Leyen said this could be the best way to protect the various national health services and their workers. She said the bloc would wrap up productions of equipment, such as ventilators, test kits or masks. These will then be shared across the EU, instead each country making its own supply. Exporting these products to non-EU countries would also be strictly controlled.
Earlier, Germany said it was partially closing its borders with France, Austria and Switzerland to tackle the spread of Covid-19. But commuters and goods will still be allowed across the borders. Millions of Europeans are already in lockdown, including in Italy, France and Spain.
Deaths from Covid-19 accelerated on Sunday in Italy, the European nation worst affected by the Pandemic. The authorities say 368 people have died in the last 24 hours. Positive cases also jumped by 17% in one day.
South Africa is closing its borders to foreign nationals from countries badly impacted by corona virus. The measure will come into force on Wednesday, with 61 cases, the president Cyril Ramaphosa said South Africa was now dealing with internal transmission of the virus.
Meanwhile, in another news, the Israeli president has asked Benny Gantz to try to form a new government after he won the majority of recommendations from members of Israeli parliament. Benny Gantz now has 61 MPs backing him, as opposed to 59 for the current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
And at least 15 people have been killed in Nigeria in a pipeline explosion in the commercial capital Lagos. More than 50 buildings were destroyed.