The pandemic has also prompted many countries to ban large gatherings and enforce obligatory social distancing, confining billions of people to their homes and making it impossible for many businesses to continue.
Here are the latest related developments from across the globe.
Spain’s outbreak slowing down
Spain’s death toll rose by 674 on Sunday to 12,641, according to officials, who said it was down from Saturday’s 809 and well below Thursday’s record of 950.
The country’s positive cases rose by 6,023 to 131,646 on Sunday, the Health Ministry said.
“The data from this week and today confirms the slowing down of infections,” Health Minister Salvador Illa told a news conference. “The data confirms that confinement is working.”
Meanwhile, government ministers warned that it was too early to say when the country could start lifting its lockdown on public life.
Spain began its fourth week under a near-total lockdown on Monday.
Italy’s curve descending
Italy, the worst-hit country in the world, reported its lowest daily death toll in more than two weeks on Sunday.
Health officials reported 525 deaths from the disease on Sunday, which was the smallest daily increase since the epidemic broke out in northern Italy about six weeks ago.
The number of patients in badly stretched intensive care units also fell for a second day running on Sunday.
The total number of positive cases of COVID-19 rose by 4,316 to 128,948, the lowest increase in five days.