A patient suffering from the coronavirus is transferred from a hospital in Mulhouse, France, overwhelmed by the influx of patients suffering the disease, Sunday, March 22.

READ MORE: Close to 1 billion people worldwide were confined to their homes on Saturday as the global coronavirus death toll shot past 11,000 and U.S. states rolled out lockdown measures already imposed across swaths of Europe.

The pandemic has completely upended lives around the planet, restricting movement, shutting schools and forcing millions to work from home.

While President Donald Trump insisted the United States was "winning" the war against the virus, individual states dramatically ramped up restrictions, with New York and Illinois joining California in ordering residents to stay home.

The virus death toll surged past 11,000 worldwide, with 4,000 alone in worst-hit Italy where the daily number of fatalities has shot up relentlessly over the past week.

LINK: https://www.voanews.com/science-health/coronavirus-outbreak/nearly-1-bil...

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