Countries across the globe went on heightened virus alert on Friday, sealing borders and cancelling cultural and sporting events in a frenzied bid to slow the ballooning pandemic.
Financial markets endured a rollercoaster ride after a week of spectacular losses triggered by fears the outbreak will lead to a worldwide economic recession.
The death toll jumped over 5,000 on Friday as the total number of cases topped 135,000, according to a tally based on official sources.
World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared that Europe was now the epicentre of COVID-19, describing the death toll as a “tragic milestone”.
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