Coronavirus (COVID-19) HIGHLIGHTS: Iran has reported another 127 coronavirus deaths, bringing its death toll to 1,812 amid 23,049 confirmed cases Monday. With this, the total number of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic have topped 15,000 across the globe. Italy is the hardest-hit country with 5,476 deaths, followed by China where the virus first emerged last year with 3,270, and Spain with 2,182.
Nepal on Monday closed its borders with India and China to curb the spreading of coronavirus infection in the country. “The government took the decision to seal both the southern and the northern borders as the entire South Asia and South East Asia are heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic. There is a greater risk of the disease spreading into Nepal due to cross-border human movement,” said Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada.
With cases continuing to rise, many countries have ordered a partial or complete lockdown, bringing daily life and businesses to a grinding halt.