Spain has registered its worst figures yet for the number of coronavirus patients who have died in a day. 394 people have died in the last 24 hours. Here's Danny Eberhardt. The figures are remorseless. The number of those with coronavirus dying in Spain has risen by close to or exceeding 30% for four days in a row. Many of them are succumbing in overcrowded wards where doctors and nurses have worked off their feet and facing shortages of equipment. Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned on Saturday that the worst of the pandemic still lay ahead. And there's a widespread assumption that with parliamentary approval, he'll need to extend the state of emergency, which is due to end in a week's time.
Cities and towns across India have come to a standstill as part of a lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Public transport, including domestic flights has been brought to a halt for the 14-hour curfew. The lockdown is not mandatory, but people have largely adhered to the government's call. Zubair Ahmed is in Delhi. When the clock struck five, millions of people across India came out onto their balconies and stood in the windows of their homes, clapping and ringing the bells to thank the emergency service staff who are fighting the pandemic. Most people have stayed at home, heeding Narendra Modi's call to observe a daylong curfew. Streets and markets are deserted. Metro services, interstate buses and passenger trains have all been cancelled until the end of March.
Tajikistan is holding mass celebrations to mark the spring holiday, Navruz, bucking the trend towards lockdown in many countries to help contain the spread of COVID 19. Neighboring countries have registered numerous cases of COVID 19 and introduced restrictions to contain the virus. But the Tajik authorities say the country is still virus-free. Rehan Dimitri reports. The largest gathering is being held in the northern city of Khujand, where thousands of university students and school children are taking part in a mass performance to mark the spring equinox. Tajikistan's authoritarian President Emomali Rahmon is attending. He has refused to cancel public events despite recommendations from the World Health Organization. The Tajik health authorities maintained that there is no coronavirus in the country, but hundreds of Tajik citizens returning from abroad have been placed in quarantine.
A number of large churches in South Korea appear to have defied government request to cancel Sunday services in the wake of the outbreak. Yonhap News Agency says hundreds of churches across South Korea held religious services, though some church leaders said they asked worshippers to stand meters apart and to wear face masks.
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