Australia announces nearly $40 billion in virus relief
Small businesses and non-profits will receive cash subsidies of up to Aus$100,000, unemployment payments will be temporarily doubled and pensioners will receive Aus$750 cash.
ANALYSIS: Will coronavirus slow the world's conflicts or intensify them?
In recent days, some 30 Malian soldiers were killed in an attack in northern Mali blamed on jihadists, without drawing any sharp reaction from the Security Council.
Thousands flock to see Olympic flame in Japan despite virus fears
The flame arrived in Japan to a scaled-down welcoming ceremony on Friday as doubts grew over whether the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will go ahead on schedule due to the coronavirus.
Rwanda imposes shutdown, suspends 'unnecessary movements'
Rwanda as of Saturday had recorded 17 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the highest number in the East Africa region.
Four ministers infected as Burkina Faso reports new coronavirus deaths
According to press releases issued by their respective departments, the ministers of foreign affairs, interior, education, and mines and quarries have all tested positive for COVID-19.
Mauritius reports first coronavirus death as cases rise
There were just three confirmed cases in Mauritius on Thursday when Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth appealed to the country's 1.3 million citizens to obey the order.
DRCongo reports first virus death, five new cases
The country has reported 23 cases total since 10 March, and the death brings the total number of fatalities in sub-Saharan Africa to three.
Trump says US on top as outbreak shuts largest cities
The move effectively seals off America's largest cities -- New York, Los Angeles and Chicago -- with the states of New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Nevada following suit.
Zimbabwe reports first coronavirus case
The patient is a 38-year-old male who travelled to the United Kingdom and then returned to Zimbabwe via South Africa earlier this month.
UK to cover 80% of wages of virus-hit workers: finance minister
Finance minister Rishi Sunak meanwhile announced what he said was an 'unprecedented economic intervention' to protect jobs, after a wave of redundancies caused by a slump in business.
Warning of long battle as Africa's virus numbers rise
The total of known cases across all of Africa, compiled by AFP, stands at more than 900 and is rising fast after lagging other continents.
Nigeria reports chloroquine poisonings after Trump comments
Health officials in Lagos said there had already been claims online pushing chloroquine as a treatment and that Trump's message had seen interest surge.
Pakistan's Umar Akmal could face lifetime ban over corruption charges
The 29-year-old was provisionally suspended by the anti-corruption unit of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on 20 February, the day when the Pakistan Super League commenced in Karachi.
Wuhan recovery gives hope to rest of world: WHO
'Yesterday, Wuhan reported no new cases for the first time since the outbreak started,' WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference.
Johnny Depp UK libel case postponed due to coronavirus
Two weeks of hearings were due to start in London's High Court on Monday, but the judge heard that two of Depp's legal representatives have already had to self-isolate.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan calls for lifting of Iran sanctions
Khan's comments came after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wrote to him asking for help in dealing with the novel coronavirus outbreak that has now killed at least 1,433 people in Iran.
New York closes non-essential businesses, bans gatherings
The announcement came as the number of confirmed cases in New York hit 7,000.
World Sevens in London, Paris postponed due to virus
Rugby Union's governing body also delayed a string of other sevens competitions and placed the Olympic Games repechage qualification tournament under review.