Schools have been closed, sports events cancelled and cultural institutions shut around the world as countries try to stem the coronavirus outbreak. In the US, all major sport has been suspended and Broadway performances are off for a month. Meanwhile, France is one of the latest European countries to close all schools, universities and nurseries. President Emmanuel Macron described the outbreak as France’s most serious health crisis for a century. Coronavirus has claimed 1,016 lives in Italy, but Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio says he hopes his country will be the first in Europe to get over the emergency. Another 188 people died over 24 hours. More than 125,000 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in 118 countries. The total number of deaths is more than 4,600.
- Authorities identify the second Sri Lankan with coronavirus infection
- The President emphasizes the need to conduct researches for effective development in Sri Lanka.