States in Latin America and across the world are limiting travels and closing borders to curb the movement of people and counter the spread of the disease.
The World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries to test all suspected cases and described the coronavirus pandemic as a "defining global health crisis of our time.”
The United States (U.S.) and European countries closed schools, bars, restaurants and all but essential services, in an effort to halt the spread of the virus.
States in Latin America and across the world are limiting travels and closing borders to curb the movement of people.
More cases are now being reported outside China, where the COVID-19 first emerged in December than inside.
Globally, More than 182,400 people worldwide have been infected with the novel virus which has killed at least 7,157.
Ohio primaries postponed due to coronavirus crisis
The governor of Ohio, Mike DeWine, said in a tweet that the polls will be ordered to close. Ohio, along with three other states including Florida, Illinois, and Arizona was expected to hold Tuesday its primaries to choose its Democratic nominee for the presidential election.
During this time when we face an unprecedented public health crisis, to conduct an election tomorrow would force poll workers and voters to place themselves at an unacceptable health risk of contracting coronavirus.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 17, 2020
Ecuador announces a state of exception
Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno decreed a state of exception that will run every day from 21:00 to 05:00 the next day. The measure will not apply to pharmacies, supermarkets, clinics, and hospitals.
The number of people infected with the virus has reached 58 Monday in the Andean country, with two deaths reported so far.
Venezuela confirms 33 coronavirus cases
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro confirms a total of 33 COVID-19 cases in Venezuela. 28 of them came from Europe and 5 of them from Colombia.
Colombia closes all of its borders until May 30
Colombia has announced it will close all of its borders in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the South American country where 54 people are infected.
France to deploy 100,000 police to enforce lockdown
France will deploy 100,000 police to enforce a lockdown, and checkpoints will be set up across the country
"Stay at home," Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said, adding that fines of up to 135 euros (US$151) would be imposed on those who do not respect the restrictions, which are centered on avoiding all but essential social contact.
Egypt reports two deaths, 40 new cases
Egypt reported 40 new cases and two additional deaths bringing the total of coronavirus related deaths in the country to four, the health ministry said in a statement.
Serbia delays general elections
Serbia's state election commission has postponed the April 26 general elections due to the coronavirus outbreak and until after the abolishment of the state of emergency, it said in a statement.
Irish PM expects 15,000 cases by end of the month
Ireland expects its number of coronavirus cases to increase to around 15,000 by the end of the month from 169 currently, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said.
"We would expect that by the end of the month there would be maybe 15,000 people who would have tested positive for Covid-19, most of those will not need treatment but a proportion will need to be hospitalized and we need to make sure that it doesn't happen at the same time," Vardkar told a news conference.