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The coronavirus pandemic has affected more than half a million people worldwide, with more than 24,000 deaths recorded.

Here is the latest on the situation from around the world:

Pakistan

The foreign ministry said China is sending a plane containing medical personnel and supplies to aid Pakistan in the fight to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Pakistan is a key link in China’s ambitious multibillion-dollar, one-road project linking South and Central Asia to China.

China is also a key military supplier for Pakistan, having supplied the country with missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

Pakistan currently has 1,321 confirmed cases, 10 deaths and 23 patients who have recovered.

Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff said Germany will not loosen its restrictions on public life before April 20.

German authorities closed non-essential shops and banned gatherings of more than two people in public at the beginning of the week. Schools, bars, restaurants and clubs are also closed.

Mrs Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun told the daily Tagesspiegel that “we are not going to talk about any easing before April 20 – until then, all measures will remain in place”.

Germany has recorded more than 50,000 cases of the new coronavirus, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, with 351 deaths – a lower death rate than in many other countries.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka police said they have arrested thousands of people, including many who were praying in a mosque, for violating a countrywide curfew imposed as a part of stringent measures designed to contain the spread of coronavirus.

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The number of positive cases has risen to 106 and the government has ordered police to strictly impose the curfew to ensure social distancing.

On a tip that a group of people were praying in a mosque in the town of Horowpathana, about 124 miles north of the capital Colombo, police and health officials went to the mosque and arrested 18, while several dozens fled.

The government has banned non-essential travel. Police have arrested 4,600 people and seized 1,125 vehicles for violating curfew since March 20.

United Nations

The United Nations said 86 staff members around the world have reported cases of Covid-19.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said most of the infected staff members are in Europe, but there are also staff in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the United States that have coronavirus.

To try to reduce transmission, he said the vast majority of UN staff are working from home.



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