In the UK, the number of those who have died from the disease the virus causes, COVID-19, increased by 54, bringing the toll in the country to 335 among 6,650 cases. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered residents across the country to stay at home. In the US, the number of cases surged past 35,000, with a death toll of 495, according to John Hopkins University data.
Also on Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned “the pandemic is accelerating” with it taking 67 days for cases to reach the 100,000 mark globally, 11 days for cases to reach 200,000 and just four days for cases to reach 300,000.
I’m Joseph Stepansky in Doha, taking over from Mersiha Gadzo with Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.