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The world’s governments and health authorities are locked in a daily battle to manage the spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
According to John Hopkins University, there have been 110,148 confirmed global cases of Covid-19, and 3,826 deaths worldwide. The number of confirmed recoveries is 62,057.
In the UK, the third death from the coronavirus was announced on Sunday, and the number of cases reached 279.
Here is a round-up of the major developments from the weekend in the battle against the coronavirus.
Italy goes into lockdown and Foreign Office advises against travel
Up to 16 million people were placed under quarantine in northern Italy on Sunday.
Those living in Lombardy and 14 other provinces can only travel with special permission, in a move that affects both Milan and Venice.
The Foreign Office advised against all but essential travel to the areas of Italy affected.
More than a quarter of Italy’s population is affected by the quarantine.
The number of deaths from coronavirus in Italy jumped by 133 in one day to a total of 366.
Tesco and other supermarkets start rationing amid panic-buying
Supermarkets have placed restrictions on items including pasta, antibacterial wipes and hand soap in a bid to prevent shoppers from stockpiling.
Tesco has almost entirely sold out of dried pasta online and has now introduced a five item limit on several products, including long-life milk and antibacterial wipes and gels.
No other supermarket has resorted to rationing food, but the majority are now limiting antibacterial gels to two per customer or have sold out entirely.
But the government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said there is "absolutely no reason" for the British public to panic-buy.
Third patient dies in the UK as number of cases rises to 279
A third patient has died in the UK after testing positive for Covid-19.
The man, who had underlying health problems and was in his 60s, died at North Manchester General Hospital having recently returned from Italy.
A spokesman for the hospital said: “We can confirm that sadly a patient being treated for Covid-19 has died at our specialist regional Infectious Diseases unit at North Manchester General Hospital.”
Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said: “I am very sorry to report that a third patient in England who tested positive for Covid-19 has sadly died.
The total number of confirmed cases in the UK rose to 279, including five new cases in Northern Ireland.
Spring temperatures could help in fight against coronavirus
There are hopes that a warmer-than-usual spring in the UK could help health services struggling to deal with the spread of the coronavirus.
Forecasters are predicting higher temperatures this spring, which could help slow the spread of the virus and also free up beds taken by those suffering from flu and other bugs associated with winter.
The Met Office’s three-month forecast said: “For March-April-May as a whole, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average temperatures.”
England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty has previously said that dealing with an outbreak would be helped by “putting it back in time” into summer.
British volunteers to be infected with coronavirus to help develop vaccine
Volunteers from the UK are set to be deliberately infected with coronavirus in the race to develop a vaccine.
Up to 24 volunteers will be paid £3,500 to take part in the trial, which will see them infected with the coronavirus and banned from physical contact with the outside world for two weeks.
Those taking part will be held in a special quarantine lab in east London owned by medical testing company Hvivo, according to The Times.
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