The head of the International Monetary Fund says the coronavirus has pushed the global economy into a recession that would be as bad or worse in the aftermath of the global financial crisis more than a decade ago. Kristalina Georgieva warned that developing counties in particular would be hard-hit by health crisis coupled with lost investment and falling commodity prices.
The US House representatives have approved the two-trillion package to ease the economic impact of the virus. Republicans and Democrats who spoken favor of the bill said it was not perfect but was essential to help Americans hit by the crisis.
More than 900 people have died in Italy as a result of the coronavirus in a single day pushing the country's fatalities to more than 9000. In France nearly 300 deaths were reported in the past day taking the total to just short to 2000.
Pope Francis has spoken of the sick darkness that has enveloped Italy as it stricken by the pandemic. In an address, broadcast to an empty San Peters Square, he said the darkness had fill the square, street and cities with a deafening silence, leaving people in a desolate void.
The public health authorities in Belgium say a cat has caught the coronavirus from its owner. The animal is suffering from breathing difficulties and diarrhea.
In other news, Algeria’s election authorities say voters have overwhelming backed a new constitution which the opposition fears it could allow 82-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to remain in office. The main opposition parties boycott to the vote, dismissing it as a shame.
North Macedonia has officially become NATO's newest member. President S described it as an historic success which guaranteed his country's future.