Italy is now the country with the highest number of people to die from Covid-19, surpassing the Chinese death toll by 160. The Italian toll currently stands as 3405. Italy's government says it will extend the nationwide lockdown, warning that life will not immediately return to normal, even after the worst was over.
Germany is preparing to deploy military personnel, if their health care system becomes overwhelmed by the Covid-19 outbreak. The defense minister says the army will be able to protect infrastructure and distribute medical equipment. The number of confirmed cases in Germany has reached more than 14,000.
President Trump says that a drug used to treat malaria has now been approved to treat Covid-19. The medicine Chloroquine, has recently been given to patients in China and France with some indications that it might help.
Chile's congress has decided to postpone for six months of referendum on whether to re-write the country's constitution, as the number of corona virus cases there increases. The vote was meant to take place on April, 26th.
The Brazilian government has announced the closure of all land borders for the next 15 days, as the corona virus continues to spread across the country. The only exception is the busy border between Brazil and Uruguay, which will remain open.
Iranian officials are appealing people not to travel in the eve of the Persian new year holiday in an attempt to curb the spread of the corona virus, but many are reported to ignore the warnings.
In another news, conservationists are hailing the tentative recovery of Africa's critically endangered black rhinos. The latest figures show there has been a modest annual increase in the black rhino population over the last six years.