Italy death toll surpasses China

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The number of dead in Italy surpassed those in China, which again reported no new cases in the outbreak’s initial epicentre.

India urged its 1.3 billion citizens to stay indoors and barred all flights from overseas for a week. The US warned Americans not to travel abroad and recommended that those who are overseas come home. US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell released a massive stimulus plan for consumers, companies and local governments.

Italy surpassed China as the country with the most coronavirus deaths, as its number of fatalities reached 3,405 and the pandemic’s global spread accelerates. China has reported 3,248 deaths. While the country remains lockdown.

The UK is contacting 15,000 retired and former doctors who have left the profession in the last three years to see if they are willing to help with efforts to fight the pandemic, the General Medical Council said in a statement Thursday. A third of those being contacted are aged 44 and under. The GMC will grant the entire group automatic temporary registration to practice with no reassessment. Those that don’t want to participate can opt out. About 33% were previously general practitioners, while 35% were specialists.

India barred all international flights from landing in the country for a week starting March 22. The federal government also asked states to enforce work-from-home for all private-sector employees except those working in emergency and essential services.

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