More than 3.9 billion people, or half of the world's population, are now being called on to remain in their homes to combat COVID-19, according to an AFP tally on Thursday.

Tightened lockdowns across the planet saw nearly half of humanity told to stay at home in a bid to stem the spiraling coronavirus pandemic, as Spain recorded its deadliest day Tuesday and the United States braced for the full impact of the disease.

Since the novel coronavirus first emerged in late December, 2019, 110,564 cases have been recorded in 100 countries and territories, killing 3,862 people, according to an AFP toll based on official sources on Monday around 1100 GMT.

The number of cases from the new coronavirus topped 100,000 worldwide as the US. battled to contain an outbreak on board a stranded cruise ship where 21 people have tested positive. The World Health Organization called the spread of the virus "deeply concerning" as a wave of countries reported their first cases of the disease.

Will Donald Trump stick to steak, meatloaf or seafood that are believed to be his favorite food or indulge in some Mughlai-style food, including biriyani and kebabs during state dinner at Rashtrapati bhavan or at lunch hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi? That seemed to be a big question engaging media attention in India prior to the president’s visit.