March 22 coronavirus news

By Julia Hollingsworth, Jenni Marsh, Rob Picheta, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 10:30 p.m. ET, March 22, 2020
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1:49 a.m. ET, March 22, 2020

El Salvador begins a 30-day nationwide coronavirus curfew

From CNNE’s Daniel Siva in Miami and CNN’s Radina Gigova in Atlanta

Security forces, including the police and the army, clear people from the historic centre of San Salvador as part of the government's emergency decree to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, on March 21, 2020. - Nearly one billion people around the world were confined to their homes Saturday as many countries implemented stay-at-home orders, and as deaths from the global coronavirus pandemic surged towards 13,000. (Photo by Marvin RECINOS / AFP) (Photo by MARVIN RECINOS/AFP via Getty Images)
Security forces, including the police and the army, clear people from the historic centre of San Salvador as part of the government's emergency decree to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, on March 21, 2020. - Nearly one billion people around the world were confined to their homes Saturday as many countries implemented stay-at-home orders, and as deaths from the global coronavirus pandemic surged towards 13,000. (Photo by Marvin RECINOS / AFP) (Photo by MARVIN RECINOS/AFP via Getty Images) Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele announced late Saturday that a 30-day nationwide curfew will take effect immediately.

Bukele said that one person from each family would be allowed to go out so they can supply their household with food and medicine.

The Central American country has three confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Who is exempt?  

People who work in restaurants, public transport, gas stations, security companies, private clinics, finance, hospitals, vets and the media can continue working. Those who work at the Supreme Court and public employees directly linked to emergency care will also be able to continue.

The livestock and agriculture sectors will also be able to continue operating, because "we need to guarantee food security," Bukele said.

Economic help

To alleviate the economic situation, the government will invest $450 million per month to help households that consume less than 250 kilowatts of electricity per month.

"We are talking about 75 percent of the population that will benefit," Bukele explained. 

1:39 a.m. ET, March 22, 2020

Japan urges citizens to avoid non-essential travel to the United States

From CNN’s Yoko Wakatsuki in Tokyo 

A passenger pauses next to an empty departure gate at Haneda Airport on March 17 in Tokyo, Japan.
A passenger pauses next to an empty departure gate at Haneda Airport on March 17 in Tokyo, Japan. Carl Court/Getty Images

Japan has raised its travel alert for the United States, urging citizens to not go there unless it is essential.

The alert was raised to level two, the Japanese Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday. Four is the highest alert level.

Meanwhile, the United States is warning its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Japan.

The United States has more than 25,000 coronavirus cases, while Japan has just over 1,000 cases.

1:30 a.m. ET, March 22, 2020

Here's the latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Australia

Tourists walk along Circular Quay in Sydney on March 20.
Tourists walk along Circular Quay in Sydney on March 20. Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Australia has more than 1,000 coronavirus cases, and the country is introducing a number of measures to deal with the outbreak.

Here's what has been happening in Australia:

Sydney's home state shuts non-essential services: New South Wales -- the state where Sydney is located -- will close most services and businesses to try to slow the spread of the virus. Essential services, such as petrol stations, convenience stores and pharmacies, will stay open. New South Wales has 469 confirmed cases, the highest of any Australian state. 

A new economic support package: Australia has announced a second support package, this time worth $38 billion, to help households and businesses.

Another state gets tough: South Australia's Premier Steven Marshall said Sunday that a spike in confirmed cases from travelers entering the state had "forced our decision to close our borders in South Australia." But while Marshall called it a border closure, in fact the state is still open -- arrivals will just need to self-isolate for 14 days. The new measures will be "progressively enforced between now and 4pm on Tuesday."

Meanwhile, elsewhere: Northern Territory and the island state of Tasmania require all travelers to self-isolate for 14-days upon entry. Tasmania is offering one-off payments of $250 for individuals, or up to $1,000 for families, required to self-isolate.

1:17 a.m. ET, March 22, 2020

Here's what has been happening in Africa

A worker disinfects a building in Algiers, Algeria on March 20.
A worker disinfects a building in Algiers, Algeria on March 20. Ryad Kramdi/AFP/Getty Images

More countries in Africa have started to report their first novel coronavirus cases.

Here's what has been happening in Africa.

Eritrea, Uganda and Angola report first coronavirus cases:

  • Eritrea: The country's Ministry of Information reported Sunday that a 39-year-old Eritrean man had tested positive. He has permanent residence in Norway and flew back to Eritrea on Saturday morning via FlyDubai.
  • Uganda: A 36-year-old Ugandan man who arrived in the country on Saturday after taking an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Dubai has coronavirus, the country's Ministry of Health said. The patient's symptoms included high fever and poor appetite.
  • Angola: Two men who traveled through Lisbon, in Portugal, and arrived on March 17 and 18 have tested positive for coronavirus, Angola’s Health Minister Silvia Lutucuta said. Both live in the country's capital, Luanda. They are age 36 and 38.

New restrictions:

  • Algeria: Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced a series of measures, including stopping all mass transport within cities and between states. It is temporarily closing cafes and restaurants in big cities, the state-run news agency SPA reported. Algeria has 139 coronavirus cases and 15 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

Read more about attempts in Africa to stop the spread here.

1:01 a.m. ET, March 22, 2020

Modi urges citizens to "stay indoors and stay healthy" as India's 1-day curfew kicks in

A motorist rides through a nearly empty road in New Delhi, India on March 22.
A motorist rides through a nearly empty road in New Delhi, India on March 22. Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Sunday that citizens should "stay indoors and stay healthy." His comments came as the country's janata curfew -- or citizens' curfew -- began at 7 a.m. local time.

Everyone except those in working in essential services has been asked to self-isolate for the day.

Earlier this week, Modi asked all Indians to stand on their balconies, or at their windows and doors, at 5 p.m. local time Sunday for five minutes to express their gratitude towards emergency service workers for working tirelessly during the outbreak.

12:33 a.m. ET, March 22, 2020

Singapore to shut its borders to short-term visitors and those transiting through the aviation hub

From CNN's Anna Kam in Hong Kong

A line of cars waiting to enter Singapore from southern Malaysia forms at the Woodlands checkpoint on March 17.
A line of cars waiting to enter Singapore from southern Malaysia forms at the Woodlands checkpoint on March 17. Catherine Lai/AFP/Getty Images

Singapore announced on Sunday that it will close its borders to short-term visitors and travelers transiting though the the major aviation hub starting Monday.

"There has been a further sharp increase in cases globally and widening spread," the Ministry of Health announced in a statement, adding that the majority of the new cases were "imported cases."

Singapore residents and work-permit holders have to self-isolate for 14 days after entering the city state.

Singapore has 432 confirmed cases of the virus, and recorded 2 deaths.

12:22 a.m. ET, March 22, 2020

Men's World Ice Hockey Championship canceled because of coronavirus

Finland's players celebrate after winning the Men's Ice Hockey World Championships final against Canada on May 26, 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Finland's players celebrate after winning the Men's Ice Hockey World Championships final against Canada on May 26, 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia. Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

This year's Ice Hockey World Championship has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) announced Saturday.

The tournament had been due to take place in Switzerland in May.

IIHF President René Fasel said it was a "harsh reality to face" for international ice hockey, but one that "we must accept.”

“The coronavirus is a global problem and requires major efforts by government bodies to combat its spread. The IIHF must do all it can to support this fight.
"We have to set sport aside for now and support both the government bodies and the ice hockey family.”

The refund policy for ticket holders will be clarified as soon as possible, the IIHF said.

12:09 a.m. ET, March 22, 2020

Australia's biggest state is shutting down all "non-essential services"

From CNN’s Isaac Lee in Hong Kong 

People walk past a retail store in Sydney on March 19.
People walk past a retail store in Sydney on March 19. Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

The Australian state of New South Wales will shut down all "non-essential services" in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

"Tonight I will be informing the National Cabinet that NSW will proceed to a more comprehensive shutdown of non-essential services," NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in a statement Sunday. 

Essential services and stores, such as petrol stations, convenience stores and pharmacies, will remain open. The shutdown will take place over the next 48 hours.

Sydney -- Australia's biggest city -- is the capital of New South Wales.

New South Wales has 469 confirmed novel coronavirus cases, the highest of all Australian states. Australia has more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus.

12:02 a.m. ET, March 22, 2020

South Korea confirms nearly 100 new coronavirus cases

From CNN’s Jake Kwon in Seoul

Hospital president Kim Sang-il stands outside a coronavirus testing booth at Yangji hospital in Seoul on March 17.
Hospital president Kim Sang-il stands outside a coronavirus testing booth at Yangji hospital in Seoul on March 17. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea has confirmed 98 new cases of coronavirus, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Sunday.

This brings the number of cases in the country to 8,897, with 104 deaths due to the virus.