The battle against the novel coronavirus continues all over the world, in at least 196 countries and territories.
As of March 26, confirmed cases have risen to almost 500,000.
More than 22,000 people have died, while over 117,000 have recovered from COVID-19.
Leaders from the group of 20 nations — who convened via video link — have pledged to inject $5 trillion into the global economy amid the crisis.
The World Health Organization also sought support from G-20 leaders to ramp up funding and production of personal protection equipment for health workers.
During his address to the G20 summit, Chinese resident Xi Jingping called for an “all-out global war” against coronavirus.
In China, where the coronavirus outbreak reportedly emerged, the government plans to temporarily suspend entry of foreign nationals with visas or residence permits beginning March 28 — in an effort to contain the number of imported cases, and to prevent the outbreak from flaring up again.
Chinese health officials reported on March 19 that there were no new coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period for the first time since the outbreak.
Last January, Chinese authorities suspended all travel in and out of all cities in Hubei province like Wuhan — prohibiting 59 million people from leaving their homes.
Eight hours away from Wuhan is Hangzhou, where a Filipino American married couple, Lilian Jane and Caps, have been living for a year.
They’ve been under a lockdown order for two months now.
“That meant that only there was restricted intercity travel, only official business could come through. They really closed roads and there was no work and no school. Only supermarkets were open and for limited hours only. The city services were running because sanitation was of utmost importance at that time and until now of course.”
Even their gated apartment complex was barricaded.
“Only one entrance where there were armed guards who would take temperatures and look at all our documents if we wanted to get in and out of the apartment complex.”
At the peak of the lockdown, they were only allowed to go out twice a week, and only one member of the household at a time could leave the house, “and that was only to go out to the supermarket,” Jane said.
Meanwhile — the Trump administration is pushing the UN security council to file a resolution that explicitly states that the virus originated in Wuhan.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly faulted China for the outbreak — saying Beijing should not have covered up prior knowledge of the virus.
But with more and more cases of racism and attacks against Asian Americans, Trump recently tweeted that it was “not their fault” and said he would refrain from calling it “the Chinese virus.”