MARCH 13, 2020: The United States and Spain today declared a national emergency over the quickly spreading Covid-19 to fight a pandemic that has infected over 138,000 people worldwide and left more than 5,000 dead.
The impact of the outbreak on daily life deepened around the world and was detected for the first time in several countries. Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Guinea all confirmed their first cases today, meaning that the disease has now affected 18 countries in Africa.n continent.
Africa had until now largely been spared the spread of Covid-19 but so far most of Africa’s reported cases were foreigners or people who had travelled abroad.
Iran is deploying troops to help clear people from the streets while other unprecedented measures include the postponement of the English Premier League matches until later next month and also the cancellation of a few of the earlier Formula 1 races on the calendar.
In announcing the emergency President Donald Trump said the US situation could worsen and the next eight weeks are critical.
Trump had faced criticism from some experts for being slow and ineffective in his response to the crisis and playing down the threat. Two days ago Trump had announced travel restrictions between the US and Europe, with the possibility that Britain may be added to the list after originally being excluded.
The World Health Organisation called Europe the epicentre of the pandemic after the number of cases in China, where it originated, slowed to a trickle. WHO described the death toll reaching 5,000 globally as a tragic milestone.