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Coronavirus live updates: Turkey reports first death, Australia bans gatherings, Euro 2020 postponed

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

18th Mar, 2020. 11:08 am
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New wave of COVID-19 in China, lockdown in Jilin city

Turkey confirmed the first death from coronavirus, international news reported.

In addition to this, 51 new cases have been confirmed.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca reported first death in a televised press conference.

Koca said that the number of cases has reached 98 in Turkey.

The Health Minister also said that the patient died may have been infected by someone related to China.

Australia bans non-essential gatherings

All “non-essential” gatherings of more than 100 people are banned in Australia to avoid coronavirus spread.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this decision and other measures such as discouraging travel overseas on Wednesday.

However, public transport, schools, and public squares would not be closed, as announced by the premier.

Note that there are 450 confirmed cases of viruses whereas 5 people have died. The number is lower compared with Europe and North America.

Mr. Morrison said that the government had declared a “biosecurity emergency”. He termed it as a “one in a hundred-year event”.

He said, “We haven’t seen this sort of thing in Australia since the end of the First World War. But together, we are up to this challenge,”

Workplaces, prisons, and other essential places will be opened. Congregational gatherings and concerts are banned.

He said, “The biggest risk we have had and the biggest incidents of cases we have had… have been from Australians returning from overseas,”

Euro 2020 postponed 

Euro 2020 has been postponed until 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic.

European Football’s governing body announced the decision during an emergency video conference.

The tournament was due to happen from 12th June to 12th July 2020. However, it will happen from 11th June to 11th July next year.

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