Beijing, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The world in the past 24hrs. A selection of the best daily press photos from Xinhua.
Medical staff members from Yunnan Province wave to bid farewell on the plane at Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, March 18, 2020. A total of 2,520 medical assistance members left Hubei by 22 chartered flights from the airport on Wednesday as the epidemic outbreak in the hard-hit province has been subdued. (Xinhua/Fei Maohua)
An airplane carrying medical workers supporting virus-hit Hubei Province receives a water cannon salute as it lands at Changbei International Airport in Nanchang, east China's Jiangxi Province, March 18, 2020. Medical assistance teams started leaving Hubei Province as the epidemic outbreak in the hard-hit province has been subdued. (Xinhua/Zhou Mi)
Medical workers returning from virus-hit Hubei Province arrive at Changbei International Airport in Nanchang, east China's Jiangxi Province, March 18, 2020. Medical assistance teams started leaving Hubei Province as the epidemic outbreak in the hard-hit province has been subdued. (Xinhua/Zhou Mi)
Medical worker Li Jian from southwest China's Guizhou Province makes paper crane while waiting for a train at the Wuhan Railway Station in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, March 17, 2020. Some medical assistance teams started leaving Hubei Province on Tuesday as the epidemic outbreak in the hard-hit province has been subdued. (Xinhua/Fei Maohua)
Medical worker Cheng Xiaoxue from southwest China's Guizhou Province waits to board a train at the Wuhan Railway Station in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, March 17, 2020. Some medical assistance teams started leaving Hubei Province on Tuesday as the epidemic outbreak in the hard-hit province has been subdued. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)
A nurse of the ICU (intensive care unit) feeds meal to a COVID-19 patient in severe condition at the Huoshenshan (Fire God Mountain) Hospital in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, March 17, 2020.
During the fight against the COVID-19, medical workers of the ICU of Huoshenshan Hospital work around the clock in rotations to race against time for saving the life of patients of the COVID-19 in severe and critical condition. (Xinhua/Wang Yuguo)
A staff member unloads test kits for COVID-19 from a plane at an airport in Belgrade, Serbia, March 15, 2020. The first batch of medical aid from China to Serbia has arrived in Belgrade over the weekend to help fight the COVID-19.
The Serbian government said in a press release on March 16 that the shipment included 1,000 rapid test kits manufactured by the Shenzhen-based BGI Genomics, which were donated by the Chinese humanitarian organization Mammoth Foundation. (Serbian government/Handout via Xinhua)
Medical materials from China arrive at the Liege airport in Belgium, on March 18, 2020. A batch of 1 million donated medical masks were flown in Belgium on Wednesday, en route to France. The medical supply was mobilized by two Chinese charities to help combat the spread of COVID-19. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (L) and European Council President Charles Michel attend a press conference after a video conference in Brussels, Belgium, March 17, 2020.
EU leaders agreed during the video conference on Tuesday to endorse a temporary restriction on travels to the EU territory amid coronavirus concerns. (European Union/Handout via Xinhua)
The cruise ship MS Braemar docks at the Port of Mariel, west Havana, Cuba, on March 18, 2020. The cruise ship carrying five passengers tested positive for COVID-19 has reached Cuban territorial waters, Juan Antonio Fernandez, deputy head of communications at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Tuesday. (Photo by Joaquin Hernandez/Xinhua)
Photo taken on March 18, 2020 shows a money exchange near Piccadilly Circus in London, Britain. The British pound fell sharply on Wednesday, hitting its lowest level against the U.S. dollar since 1985. (Photo by Tim Ireland/Xinhua)
A woman walks past the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, March 18, 2020. In France, which has entered a two-week lockdown since Tuesday, 9,134 cases and 264 deaths have been reported as of Wednesday, according to authorities. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)
A screen in a restaurant shows Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa delivering a televised national speech, in Lisbon, Portugal, on March 18, 2020. Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa declared on Wednesday in a televised national speech a "state of emergency" in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Pedro Fiuza/Xinhua)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (front) arrives at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, on March 17, 2020.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced Tuesday evening on his verified social media account that his second coronavirus test was negative.
Bolsonaro underwent a second test on Tuesday to detect if he was infected with COVID-19, after 13 members of his entourage in a recent trip to the United States have been tested positive. (Photo by Lucio Tavora/Xinhua)
Traders work at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, the United States, on March 18, 2020. The S&P 500 tumbled 7 percent at around 1 p.m. Eastern Time, triggering a key circuit breaker that halted trading for 15 minutes. It was the second time this week that the circuit breaker has been tipped. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Xinhua)
People wearing face masks are seen in Rome, Italy, on March 18, 2020. In Italy, the hardest-hit European country, the cumulative COVID-19 cases and deaths have reached 35,713 and 2,978 respectively, according to latest data released by the Civil Protection Department. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)
File photo taken on Feb. 25, 2020 shows Friedrich Merz, a candidate for the chairmanship of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), attending a press conference in Berlin, capital of Germany.
Friedrich Merz has been tested positive for novel coronavirus, the German press agency (dpa) reported Tuesday. (Xinhua/Shan Yuqi)
Combo photo shows a view of the Singapore-Johor Causeway before Malaysia's travel bans on March 17, 2020 (top) and after the travel bans on March 18, 2020. Malaysia introduced comprehensive restrictive measures including closing shops and schools and imposing travel bans, in an effort to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
These measures took effective from March 18 until March 31. (Photo by Then Chih Wey/Xinhua)
Zhong Nanshan, renowned Chinese respiratory specialist, attends a press conference on epidemic prevention and control work in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, March 18, 2020. (Xinhua/Lu Hanxin)
Photo taken on March 17, 2020 shows the newborn giant panda twins at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province.
The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda on Tuesday welcomed the birth of the world's first pair of captive-bred giant panda twins this year. The mother panda Fuwa gave birth to the male twins, weighing 159.8 grams and 119.5 grams, respectively, on Tuesday. Both are healthy and breast-fed by their mother. (Xinhua)
Aerial photo taken on March 18, 2020 shows the container dock of Yangshan Port in Shanghai, east China. The international container port saw an increasing flow of cargo ships during the past two weeks. (Xinhua/Ding Ting)
Aerial photo taken on March 17, 2020 shows a road in Gaowang Village of Du'an Yao Autonomous County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
In recent years, Du'an has stepped up efforts to push the construction of roads in rural areas, weaving more and more poverty-stricken villages into road networks. Roads with a total length of more than 2,000 kilometers have been constructed, maintained or upgraded since 2016. These roads bring great convenience to local people and are helping them get rid of poverty. (Xinhua/Cao Yiming)