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Coronavirus deaths in Italy at 79, China cases slow: More updates


The World Health Organization warned the globe was in "uncharted territory" as coronavirus cases continued to spread within the West and Italy announced 27 more people died from the disease.

More than 92,000 cases are confirmed worldwide and also the number of deaths from the virus has reached 3,110 globally, in keeping with the WHO.

Protective gear - like masks and goggles utilized by doctors fighting coronavirus - were running out and also the WHO warned against "hoarding and misuse".


Tuesday, March 3
20:40 GMT - Coronavirus toll in Washington state climbs to 9
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Washington state rose to 27, including nine deaths, up from 18 cases and 6 deaths daily earlier, the state Department of Health reported.

The deaths - eight in King County and one in neighbouring Snohomish County - mark the primary fatalities documented within the us from the disease.

All 27 confirmed cases are clustered in those two counties within the greater Seattle area, making it the most important concentration detected up to now by the US public health system.

20:30 GMT - Rapid increase in understanding 'unique' coronavirus: WHO chief
The understanding of how the coronavirus spreads is rapidly increasing, the globe Health Organization said.

With more data available, there's a growing insight of the virus and the way it spreads, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters, stressing it's "unique".

While often compared to the flu, Tedros said coronavirus was much more deadly.

Globally, about 3.4 percent of reported COVID-19 cases died, while seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1 percent of these infected, he said.

"To summarise, COVID-19 spreads less efficiently than flu, transmission doesn't appear to be driven by those that don't seem to be sick, it causes more severe illness than flu, there don't seem to be yet any vaccines or therapeutics, and it will be contained," Tedros said.

20:05 GMT - Virus crisis tracks West; ebbs in China
The coronavirus crisis has shifted increasingly westward towards Europe and also the us with cases in China continuing to say no.

Virus clusters within the US led schools and subways to sanitize, quicken the hunt for a vaccine, and spread fears among institution residents who are especially vulnerable.

The US Food and Drug Administration gave healthcare workers the green light to use an industrial kind of respirator mask often accustomed protect construction workers from dust and debris. The masks, which have an in depth fit and separate 95 percent of particles, also are frequently accustomed stop the spread of bacteria in hospitals and operating rooms.

The mushrooming outbreaks within the West contrasted with optimism in China, where thousands of recovered patients were going home and also the number of latest infections dropped to all-time low level in several weeks.

20:00 GMT - Trump says US may block trip coronavirus hot spots
US President Donald Trump says his administration may interrupt travel from the us to areas with high rates of coronavirus, but said officials weren't weighing any restrictions on domestic travel.

Trump, talking to reporters prior a visit with US health researchers to debate the virus outbreak, says he was considering blocking trip virus hot spots.

19:55 GMT - Seventh death recorded in Washington state
Washington state has reported a seventh death from coronavirus.

A spokeswoman for Harborview eye in Seattle said the patient died February 26. She said the person had been a resident at a suburban Seattle care facility that has reported multiple virus cases and deaths.

All of the COVID-19 deaths within the us up to now are within the Seattle area.

19:50 GMT - Algeria confirms three new coronavirus cases
Algeria has confirmed three new cases of coronavirus, bringing to eight the whole number of individuals tested positive for the virus, the health ministry said.

The eight cases include seven Algerians from the identical family and an Italian man, the ministry said in an exceedingly statement.

19:41 GMT - Spain confirms country's first death from coronavirus
A man within the Spanish region of Valencia died from coronavirus, marking the country's first death from the outbreak, an area health official said.

Tests showed the person, who died on February 13, was killed by the virus, regional health chief Ana Barcelo said at a news conference.

18:36 GMT - Italy toll reaches 79, surpasses Iran
The toll from the coronavirus in Italy has climbed to 79, the top of Italy's civil protection agency announced.

Angelo Borelli said 27 more people died from the disease over the past 24 hours with the toll now surpassing Iran, which has 77 recorded deaths.

The total number of cases in Europe's worst-hit country rose to 2,502 from 2,036 on Monday.

The increase in deaths was the most important since the outbreak surfaced 12 days ago within the wealthy northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto.

18:30 GMT - Vatican says pope only includes a cold, symptoms not related 'to other pathologies'
Pope Francis only includes a cold and is "without any symptoms associated with other pathologies," the Vatican said.

The statement followed a report in an Italian newspaper that said the pope had tested negative for coronavirus. It failed to say whether the pope had been given a test for the virus.

18:10 GMT - Nigerian lawmakers vote to recess for 2 weeks over virus
Nigeria's House of Representatives voted to shut for a two-week recess as a precaution within the face of the coronavirus outbreak after the geographical region country confirmed its first case.

Only one case of coronavirus has been identified within the country. The patient, an Italian national, arrived in Lagos from Milan on February 25.

"As the people's representatives, we believe that we won't be here making laws once we don't seem to be sure of the protection of our constituents," Unyime Idem, a member of the House of Representatives said.

18:05 GMT - UAE to shut all schools for 4 weeks
United Arab Emirates announced on Tuesday that schools and better educational institutions are closed for four weeks starting on Sunday to avoid the spreading of coronavirus.

The statement from the education ministry, posted by the state press agency WAM, added the spring holidays, which were thanks to start March 29 to April 12, will now start on Sunday.

Major concerts and sporting events are cancelled or postponed. This month's electronic music Ultra festival at Abu Dhabi's 25,000-capacity Du arena and K-pop concert Music Bank at Dubai's 17,000-capacity Coke Arena are cancelled.

17:43 GMT - European clubs ban handshakes as precaution
Football clubs in Europe have begun asking players, staff and officials to not greet in a trial to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

English Premier League clubs Newcastle United banned handshakes at training sessions last week, a move that has since been mirrored by fellow clubs West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

German side Borussia Dortmund have also told players and staff to not sign autographs or pose for selfies and can now not allow members of the general public at training sessions.

17:40 GMT - Shoppers stocking au fait food, disinfectants: Target
Target Corp said it absolutely was seeing a surge future traffic within the us as people stockpile disinfectants and food amid the coronavirus outbreak.

"We've certainly seen a US consumer that's beginning to top off on household essentials, disinfectants, food and beverage items, all those staple items that the CDC has recommended," Target Chief military officer Brian Cornell said on a post-earnings call.

17:30 GMT - 2,000 surgical masks stolen from French hospital
About 2,000 surgical masks are stolen from a hospital within the southern French city of Marseille.

The Marseille hospitals authority said it "immediately launched an inside investigation to seek out the culprits".

It assured the Conception hospital had enough masks to continue surgeries as normal, but it ordered more and took steps to secure its stocks of both masks and sanitising hand gels.

17:24 GMT - Italians sickened by French 'Pizza Corona' gag
Virus-hit Italy was outraged over a mock advert shown on a French television station for "corona pizza", within which a coughing chef hacks green phlegm onto the country's national dish.

Italian secretary of state Luigi Di Maio slammed the 10-second gag on the satirical Groland programme on Canal , within which the red tomato base, white mozzarella and green mucus form up the colors of the allegory, as "bad taste and unacceptable".

17:20 GMT - US Senator Schumer to Trump: 'Tell the Truth'
Senate legislator Chuck Schumer is asking on the Trump administration to "level with the American people and tell the truth" because the coronavirus spreads within the us.

"This could be a crisis, there's no substitute for credibility and honesty from our political leaders," said Schumer Tuesday morning on the Senate floor.

"We need the president and his team to level with the American people and tell the reality more during a health crisis than ever before. Our public health professionals must tell the president the facts, and also the president and his team must tell the American public the facts. Just the facts."

Schumer went on to mention Congress will soon announce a bipartisan supplemental appropriations package of around seven to eight billion dollars for coronavirus response.

16:40 GMT - US Office of Homeland Security office finish off
The US Department of Office of Homeland Security closed an office in Washington state amid fears one amongst its employees may have contracted the coronavirus.

Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf told a hearing in Congress the worker reported feeling unwell after visiting a relative within the King County, Washington institution where four patients have died from the disease.

While the worker has not been diagnosed with the virus, the DHS office was shut for 2 weeks, Wolf said.

"Late last night the department was made tuned in to a situation involving a DHS employee," he said. "The employee failed to report back to work after they felt ill."

16:34 GMT - the big apple confirms case, bringing US infections up to 106
A man who lives in an exceedingly the big apple suburb and works in Manhattan tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the whole confirmed cases within the state to 2, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

The 50-year-old man had an underlying disease and is hospitalised, Cuomo said at a conference. He added the patient had not travelled to countries considered the epicentre of the outbreak but had visited Miami recently.

Six people within the us have died from the disease, beat Washington state.

16:15 GMT - Protective gear to fight the virus 'rapidly depleting': WHO
The World Health Organization stressed its concern about countries' ability to reply to the coronavirus outbreak as protective gear like masks and googles utilized by doctors is running out.

"We are concerned that countries' abilities to reply are being compromised by the severe and increasing disruption to the worldwide supply of private protective equipment ... caused by rising demand, hoarding and misuse," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.

He warned "supplies are rapidly depleting".

5:29 GMT - US FRS cuts rate amid virus outbreak
US stocks jumped after the FRS made an emergency rate move help shield the economy from the impact from the virus outbreak.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 172 points, or 0.6 percent as of 10:10am. It had been down the maximum amount as 356 points shortly before the announcement.

The Fed cut short-term rates by half a mathematical notation, the most important cut in additional than a decade.

15:17 GMT - Fourth person dies in France: health ministry
A fourth person has died in France thanks to a coronavirus infection, the health ministry said.

It gave no detail on the person's age or nationality.

14:38 GMT - Follow recommendations, wash hands: Khamenei
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iranians should follow the recommendations of authorities to stop the spread of coronavirus.

"Don't violate the recommendations and directions of the responsible authorities in terms of prevention, in terms of keeping hands, face and living environment clean and not infecting these and preventing the infection of those," he said.

Khamenei also said the outbreak mustn't be overblown. "The issue is a problem that may pass. it is not something extraordinary. i do not want to minimise the problem but let's not make it very big either."

14:30 GMT - Passengers from 10 countries must provide certificates showing they're virus-free: Kuwait CAA
Kuwait's civil aviation authority said passengers from 10 countries including Turkey, Lebanon, Georgia, Egypt and India - must produce certificates issued by the Kuwaiti embassy in their country saying they're coronavirus free.

Passengers who don't provide the certificates won't be allowed into Kuwait, the aviation authority said on Twitter.

14:15 GMT - Jailed UK-Iran woman 'in perfect health' - Iran official
Iran said Tuesday a British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran is "in perfect health" after the twin national reportedly expressed fears of contracting the coronavirus behind bars.

On Saturday her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said the 41-year-old Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, believed she had contracted the COVID-19 illness.

Iran's judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said on Tuesday she was "in perfect health".

"Yesterday, she talked to her family by phone. There has been news about her recently that was fake news," he said on state television.

Ratcliffe, who was arrested at Tehran airport in April 2016, is serving a five-year term for sedition at Evin prison within the capital of Iran.

13:48 GMT - Six new cases confirmed in Oman
Oman's ministry of health confirmed six new cases of the new coronavirus within the Gulf nation, raising the whole number to 12, in keeping with the ministry's Twitter account.

All new cases were associated with trip Iran the ministry said, of which four are Iranian nationals and two Bahraini citizens.

13:34 GMT - G7 to use 'all appropriate tools' to combat coronavirus risks
G7 finance ministers and financial organization governors said, and that they would use all appropriate policy tools to attain strong and sustainable growth amid the coronavirus outbreak, which is fuel global recession fears.

In a joint statement issued after a telephone call, they said Group of Seven (G7) finance ministers were able to take actions, including fiscal measures where appropriate, while central banks would still work to support price stability and economic process.

This is Usaid Siddiqui in Doha seizing from my colleague Farah Najjar.

12:30 GMT - Head of Iran's emergency medical services infected with coronavirus
The head of Iran's emergency medical services, Pirhossein Kolivand, has been infected with coronavirus, the ILNA press agency reported.

Kolivand's "health is nice and there's no need for concern", the office said in an exceedingly statement, in keeping with ILNA.

11:50 GMT - Wuhan closes one amongst its makeshift hospitals
The Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus epidemic closed its first makeshift hospital, one amongst 16 hurriedly built to handle the epidemic, after it discharged the last recovered patients, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

News of the closure coincided with a pointy decline in new cases in Hubei province and also the capital Wuhan, but the country remained on alert as Chinese nationals returning home are testing positive for the virus.

China's central Hubei province, the epicentre of the country's coronavirus outbreak, reported fewer than 200 cases of latest infections for the primary time since January.

11:41 GMT - Ukrainian airline suspends flights to Turin
Ukrainian airline SkyUp said it absolutely was suspending flights to the northern Italian city of Turin thanks to the spread of the coronavirus.

"The airline suspends flights to Turin from March 5 to an estimated October 25," it said in an exceedingly statement.

Coronavirus: UN health body says containment is top priority (1:46)
11:03 GMT - India confirms new coronavirus case
An Italian national tested positive for coronavirus within the western Indian state of Rajasthan, a significant tourist destination, a hospital official said.

This brings the amount of individuals who have tested positive within the country to 6.

10:48 GMT - Iran reports increasing number of deaths
Ali Reza Raisi, an Iranian health ministry official, said 77 people have died and a pair of,336 are infected by coronavirus.

Raisi spoke at a conference within the capital of Iran, Tehran.

10:42 GMT - Iran's supreme leader orders militia to combat coronavirus
Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei ordered the Islamic republic's militia to help its Health Ministry in combating the spread of the new coronavirus.

"Whatever helps public health and prevents the spread of the disease is nice and what helps to spread it's sin," Khamenei said.

Iranian authorities now say they need plans to potentially mobilise 300,000 soldiers and volunteers to confront the virus.

Concern over the outbreak now stretches to Iran's leadership - a number of whom have fallen ill from the virus.

10:29 GMT - Qatar confirms new case
Qatar has confirmed a replacement case of coronavirus, in keeping with the health ministry's Twitter account, bringing the whole number of infections to eight.

The Qatari national was among others who were evacuated from Iran on February 27, it said.

09:41 GMT - France shuts over 100 schools in bid to contain coronavirus
French officials have closed about 120 schools in areas that have reported the most important numbers of coronavirus infections, and more might be enclosed the approaching days, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said.

Both primary and secondary schools are skirt the Oise department north of the capital Paris, where the most cluster of French cases has emerged, and where two those that died of the virus lived.

Officials have reported 191 coronavirus cases in France and three deaths.
09:25 GMT - Coronavirus changes greeting habits
As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, some have abandoned the foremost common type of greeting: the handshake.

People are changing habits to cut back the chance of contracting the coronavirus and forestall it from spreading.

09:20 GMT - Germany reports 31 new cases
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose to 188 on Tuesday, up from 157 on Monday afternoon, the bacteriologist Institute (RKI) said.

Thirteen of Germany's 16 federal states have now reported cases of the coronavirus, with the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia being most affected, in keeping with the RKI.

Germany has not reported a fatal case of the virus.
09:08 GMT - Ukraine reports first coronavirus case
Ukraine has reported its first case of coronavirus, in keeping with the country's prime minister.

A health official says the virus was found in an exceedingly man who travelled from Italy to Ukraine via Romania, adding that the patient was hospitalised on Saturday in western Ukraine.

08:46 GMT - Beijing to quarantine travellers from S Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy
All travellers entering Beijing from the virus hotspots of Asian country, Japan, Iran and Italy will need to be quarantined for 14 days, Deputy Secretary-General of the Beijing local government Chen Bei said.

Shanghai earlier said it'd also compel visitors who had recently travelled to countries with "relatively serious virus conditions" to tolerate 14 days of isolation.

08:35 GMT - Asian country outbreak continues to grow
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 374 new coronavirus cases in its midday update on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, the KCDC reported 600 confirmed cases from 24 hours prior.

This brings the whole number of cases within the country to five,186, making it the most important outbreak outside China.

08:21 GMT - Emirates airline asks staff to require unpaid leave
Major international airline Emirates is asking staff to require unpaid leave for up to a month at a time thanks to the spreading coronavirus. The outbreak has led to flight cancellations round the world.

Emirates has cancelled flights to Iran, Bahrain and to most of China due to the virus, and countries round the world have placed strict restrictions on the entry of non-nationals.

"Considering the supply of additional resources and also the indisputable fact that many employees want to utilise their leave, we've got provided our employees the choice to avail leave or apply for voluntary unpaid leave for up to 1 month at a time," Chief Operating Officer Adel al-Redha said in an exceedingly statement.

08:16 GMT - Japan could also be allowed to postpone Olympics to finish of year
Tokyo's contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) allows it to postpone the Games until the top of the year, Japan's Olympics minister said on Friday, amid concern the coronavirus outbreak could force the IOC to cancel them.

"The contract requires the Games to be held within 2020. that might be interpreted as allowing a postponement," Seiko Hashimoto said in response to a lawmaker's question in parliament.

Under the hosting agreement, the proper to cancel the Games is that the IOC's alone.

07:45 GMT - UK not progressing to cancel major events: health minister
British Secretary of Health Matt Hancock said Britain isn't progressing to cancel mass gatherings or large sports events thanks to concerns about coronavirus but that legislation would be needed just in case action is required within the future.

"Right now, we don't recommend the cancelling of mass events and schools additionally mustn't be closing unless there's a positive case and also the schools have the recommendation to shut," Hancock told BBC TV.

"There could also be things we've got to try and do down the road that we do not want to, but we are going to need the powers to try and do that hence proposing emergency legislation."

07:37 GMT - UAE cancels, postpones events as coronavirus spreads in GCC
Concerts and sporting events within the United Arab Emirates, a tourism and business hub, are cancelled or postponed because the coronavirus spreads within the Gulf.

The March 5-6 electronic music Ultra festival at Abu Dhabi's 25,000-capacity Du arena and also the March 21 K-pop concert Music Bank at Dubai's 17,000-capacity Coke Arena are cancelled.

Organisers of Ultra, where electronic group Major Lazer and DJ Afrojack were to perform, cited travel restrictions imposed by some countries and airlines within the wake of the rapidly spreading virus.

The UAE, which has reported 21 cases, regularly hosts major conferences, concerts and sporting events.

07:29 GMT - Twitter staff to figure from home over virus fears
Twitter staff across the globe were asked to figure from home starting Monday in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The social media platform's decision to ask its staff to avoid the office follows similar requests by governments in virus hotspots.

"We are strongly encouraging all employees globally to figure from home if they're able," Twitter human resources chief Jennifer Christie said in an exceedingly Monday blog post.

"Our goal is to lower the probability of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus for us - and also the world around us."

Working from home are mandatory for workers at the company's Asian country, metropolis and Japan offices, Christie said.

06:48 GMT - South Korea's president declares 'war' on coronavirus
South Korea's president declared "war" on the coronavirus, ordering additional hospital beds and more face masks to be made available.

President Moon Jae-in apologised for shortages of face masks and promised support for virus-hit small businesses in Asia's fourth-biggest economy, which has now reported 4,812 cases of the disease and 34 deaths.

"The entire country has entered war against the communicable disease because the crisis in Daegu and Gyeongbuk province has reached the best point," he told a cupboard meeting, pertaining to the 2 hardest-hit parts of the country.

06:40 GMT - Pope tests negative for coronavirus: Italy report
Pope Francis, who cancelled a Lent retreat for the primary time in his papacy because he's plagued by a chilly, has tested negative for coronavirus, the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero reported.

The 83-year-old Roman Catholic leader, who had a part of one lung removed due to an illness decades ago, also cancelled most audiences last week.

06:37 GMT - Shanghai says visitors entering from virus-hit countries must be quarantined
Shanghai would require everyone entering town from countries with "relatively serious virus conditions" to tolerate 14 days of quarantine, an officer said.

The rule will apply to any or all people no matter nationality, said Xu Wei, an officer with town government's news office, talking to reporters at an arrangement.
06:25 GMT - Canada asks travellers from Iran to self-isolate
Canada has asked travellers returning from Iran - one amongst the countries hardest-hit by the coronavirus - to self-isolate reception for 14 days whether or not they're not showing any symptoms.

Meanwhile, health authorities asked Canadians to avoid any non-essential trip Iran and also the northern region of Italy, which have both emerged as infection hotspots.

Many cases in Canada had been linked to the Iran outbreak, Canadian Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam told reporters.

Canada has 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection.

This is Farah Najjar in Doha seizing from my colleague Kate Mayberry.



04:45 GMT - G7 virus response may not detail fiscal, monetary steps - Reuters
The Group of Seven industrial powers are drafting a press release on countering the impact of the coronavirus. For now, it doesn't specifically demand new government spending or coordinated rate cuts by central banks, a G7 official with direct knowledge of the deliberations told Reuters on Tuesday.

In the statement, expected on Tuesday or Wednesday, the G7 countries will pledge to figure together to mitigate the damage to their economies from the fast-spreading epidemic, the source said on condition of anonymity thanks to the sensitivity of the matter.

Share prices are rising on expectations of measures to spice up the worldwide economy.

03:45 GMT - Guangdong imposes quarantine for visitors from virus-hit countries
China's southern province of Guangdong says it'll require travellers returning from countries and regions with severe coronavirus outbreaks to quarantine themselves for 14 days, the government-backed Nanfang Daily newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The report failed to name specific countries.

It said that between February 27 and March 1, 1,496 people had entered Guangdong from overseas areas hit hard by the virus but, to date, tests had shown that none had been infected.

03:40 GMT - Indonesia confirmed cases trigger panic buying
People in Jakarta rushed to supermarkets on Monday night to top off on basic supplies shortly after President Joko Widodo announced the country had two confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Shoppers found queues were longer than usual for a weekday night which basic supplies like drinking water had sold out.
03:15 GMT - Church leader tests negative for virus
Lee Man-hee, the founding father of the controversial Shincheonji Church of Jesus, has tested negative for the coronavirus He had been taken to a "drive-through" test site late on Monday.

The church is that the at the centre of the outbreak in Asian country and has been heavily criticised over its response to the virus.

Lee apologised on Monday and called the epidemic a "great calamity" but refused to be tested by public authorities until an area governor threatened to pull him by force to be tested. Al Jazeera's Rob McBride is in Seoul and you'll watch his story below.

South Korea church leader apologises over coronavirus outbreak
02:25 GMT - Australia to use biosecurity law in fight against virus
Australia's attorney general has said the govt. will use its biosecurity to law to limit the movements of individuals suspected of getting the coronavirus.

Speaking to the country's public broadcaster ABC, Christian Porter said the govt. would use the law to either designate some places out of bounds or place a patient in detention reception.

"Under the biosecurity act, you'll have the prevention of movement from persons in and out of particular places," Porter told the ABC.

"You may need a significant sporting event where people would be in very, very close proximity to every other and... it would be determined that the chance of transmission at a venue like that was too high."

Australia passed the biosecurity law in 2015, replacing the Quarantine Act, which had been effective for over 100 years. you'll determine more about the act during this report by two academics at the Australian National University.

02:20 GMT - metropolis to bring home citizens from Wuhan
Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam has been holding her regular weekly press briefing.

She says metropolis has chartered four planes to bring back 533 Hong Kongers from Wuhan. The flights are on Wednesday and Thursday and also the passengers are quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.

02:12 GMT - China looks to recovered to tackle COVID-19
There has been many speak about vaccines for COVID-19, but they'll take a protracted time to become available.

In the meantime, beyond avoiding infection (washing your hands more and touching your face less), doctors are trying to find ways to treat the illness more effectively.

My colleague Shawn Yuan has been talking to medics in China about the difficulties they've encountered in treating the new virus.'
02:10 GMT - Pakistan confirms fifth case
Pakistan has reported a replacement case of coronavirus.

"We have now 5th confirmed case of COVID19 in federal areas," Zafar Mirza, the country's health minister said in an exceedingly tweet timely Tuesday morning.

The patient is stable and being managed well, the minister added.

01:40 GMT - World in 'uncharted territory' with new virus - WHO
WHO Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesushas said the globe is in "uncharted territory" with the new coronavirus because, while the infection can spread through a community, it may also be contained.

He is urging countries round the world to target containing the virus, calling for "early, aggressive measures".
01:20 GMT - Asian country outbreak continues to grow
South Korea has reported 600 new coronavirus cases in its first daily update on Tuesday. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) also says three more people died overnight.

Total cases within the country now stand at 4,812, making it the most important outbreak outside China.

01:15 GMT - the big apple governor seeks to reassure on medical costs
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has just issued a directive to any or all insurers to waive cost-sharing related to virus testing.

"We can't let cost be a barrier to access to COVID-19 testing," he wrote on Twitter.

00:45 GMT - China cases still slow
Figures just released by China's National Health Commission suggest the outbreak there can be slowing.

Mainland China had 125 new confirmed cases on Monday, compared with 202 the day before. that's all-time low since the country started publishing national data in January.

In Wuhan, the amount of latest cases was 111, compared with 193.

The commission said 31 people died from the infection.

A recap of Monday's major developments:

The toll within the us has risen to 6 with mounting concern that the virus has been spreading undetected within the northwestern state of Washington for weeks.

Deaths in Italy rose to 52, while Iran's toll rose to 66. Italy is that the hardest-hit country in Europe, while Iran has reported the foremost deaths outside China.

Countries including Asian nation, Indonesia, the Czech Republic and Tunisia announced their first cases of the disease.

China reported more cases but the speed of infection perceived to be slowing.

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