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Police to enforce UK lockdown; US president tells country not to blame Asian Americans; UN calls for global ceasefire; WHO says virus accelerating. Follow the latest updates
Hello and welcome to a new coronavirus pandemic liveblog. I’ll be doing my best to bring you the most important developments from around the world for the next few hours.
There may be a good sign from Italy, as the increase in confirmed cases was lower for the second day in a row.
Email to staff says they need to keep selling fitness equipment to population isolating at home
Bosses at Sports Direct have said all its stores will remain open despite the UK lockdown because selling sporting and fitness equipment makes the company a vital asset, according to an email seen by the PA news agency.
Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group, which includes Sports Direct and Evans Cycles, wrote to all its staff within 30 minutes of Boris Johnson’s decision to shut down all non-essential retailers.
The briefing has given him a unique perch from which he can talk about the pandemic and try to project leadership after initially minimizing it. But that’s not always what he has done.
Three social leaders were killed last week after quarantine measures were introduced
Death squads in Colombia are taking advantage of coronavirus lockdowns to murder rural activists, local NGOs have warned.
The Kentucky Republican’s diagnosis has injected a shot of fear into the Senate as it scrambles to pass a relief package to respond to the pandemic.
The central bank is using tactics from the last financial crisis and deploying new ones to keep money flowing. Here are the basics.
Boy in a stable condition after allegedly being attacked outside his home in north-western NSW
A 12-year-old boy is in a stable condition after he was allegedly stabbed in the chest on Monday night in the north-western New South Wales town of Bourke.
NSW police said the child was allegedly attacked outside a home in Hamilton Place around 6pm.
As borders close and social distancing increases, what are our responsibilities to the people who keep working?
Amid coronavirus-induced stockpiling and empty supermarket shelves, politicians have been quick to assure us of the reliability of Australia’s food supply systems.
Writing for the Guardian last week, agriculture minister David Littleproud slammed “ridiculous” panic-buying, saying: “It is important to understand that Australian farmers produce enough food for 75 million people: three times what we need”. Farmers, he continued, are “calmly going about the business of food production”, “preparing to sow and pick their crops and making sure their produce makes it to market”.
From shaking hands to shaking a big stick – the PM’s stance on the contagion has evolved rapidly
“The issue of coronavirus is something that is the government’s top priority. The best thing people can do to prevent the spread of coronavirus is wash your hands.”