by Onize Ohikere
Schools, sporting events, and businesses around the world are operating under new restrictions as the COVID-19 outbreak expands. South African and Egyptian health officials confirmed their first cases on Thursday. The disease has infected more than 95,000 people globally and more than 3,200 have died, most of them in China. After a suspected infection at a hotel in Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine’s Health Ministry shut down churches and mosques in the area, including the famous Church of Nativity.
What else has closed?The Italian government ordered all scheduled soccer games to take place without spectators until at least April 3. Italy also canceled school for 8.4 million students until March 15. Lebanon, Iraq, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates adopted similar measures.