More than 10,200 new cases were reported Friday in Europe, which World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said earlier this week had become the epicenter of the outbreak after cases began to wane in China, where the outbreak began.
There were at least 87,108 cases in Europe on Friday and 4,084 deaths. Spain reported 235 new deaths on Friday, becoming the second-hardest-hit European country after Italy. Italy’s overall death toll passed 4,000 Friday.
Spanish officials warned Friday that the situation could soon overcome the country’s health care system. They announced plans to turn a Madrid conference center into a makeshift hospital. Earlier this week, a four-star inn in Madrid was converted into a hospital.
Germany, another hard-hit country, is trying to increase the number of intensive care beds, which now total 28,000, by establishing temporary hospitals in hotels, rehabilitation clinics and other facilities. There were nearly 20,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany. Officials there said coronavirus could strike as many as 10 million Germans unless proper precautions were taken, including social distancing.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said dining establishments, bars and other leisure businesses were ordered to close down Friday night.
In the United States, the Trump administration announced the effective closure of its borders with Canada and Mexico and invoked a federal law to get emergency medical supplies to front-line health care workers and the private sector mobilized to combat the pandemic.
President Donald Trump said most travel to and from Canada and Mexico would be prohibited except for trade.
The death toll in the U.S. from the virus was 190, with more than 16,000 people confirmed to have it.
Illinois became the latest U.S. state in which residents were ordered to stay at home except for essential activities. Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Friday that the order would take effect Saturday evening for the 13 million residents of the state.
The announcement followed similar measures taken in New York and California.
The state of New York, with a population of more than 19 million, was confining almost all residents to their homes. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that workers in nonessential businesses must remain homebound beginning Sunday and that gatherings of any size would be prohibited.
On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the 40 million residents of the West Coast state to stay home as part of the battle against the disease. The lockdown for the entire state followed a Los Angeles County order earlier Thursday that shut down all the county’s shopping malls, nonessential retail stores and playgrounds.
Restrictive measures were also put in place in Florida Friday when Governor Ron DeSantis issued an order to close sit-down restaurants, gyms and fitness centers.
The office of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Friday that a staffer had tested positive for the coronavirus. A spokeswoman for Pence said neither the vice president nor Trump had close contact with the individual.
The U.S. government announced Friday that the tax filing deadline had been extended from April 15 to July 15, and that taxpayers would have the additional time to make payments without penalties or interest.
For the second day in a row Friday, Wuhan, the Chinese city where the outbreak began in December, reported no new cases. Wuhan is the capital of China’s Hubei province.
Thirty-four new cases, however, were reported elsewhere in mainland China on Thursday. Authorities said people who came from other countries were infected.