Governments are ramping up their moves to contain the coronavirus COVID-19 as it spreads globally. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for all public schools to close from next Monday until the end of the spring break in April, as new infections of the virus outside China outnumber those in China. China still has the highest number. Altogether, 50 countries or territories have confirmed cases of the virus. South Korea has again seen its biggest one-day jump in infections, and Saudi Arabia has stopped travel to religious pilgrimage sites due to fears over the virus. In Europe, Italy’s outbreak has worsened, while Romania, Denmark and Estonia are the latest countries to confirm cases. And Australia is taking emergency measures to stop the disease spreading. Numerous international flights have been cut back or canceled. Countries around the world are fighting to ward off a pandemic.
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