World Coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates

Coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates


Hopes that the coronavirus can be contained to China have vanished as the first case in sub-Saharan Africa was introduced in Nigeria and inventory markets took a pounding amid fears of a global recession.

In China – the epicentre of the lethal illness – the National Well being Fee reported on Friday no less than 44 new coronavirus deaths, bringing to 2,788 the variety of fatalities nationwide.

Coronavirus has killed more than 2,800 individuals and contaminated more than 83,000 worldwide.


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Listed below are the latest updates:

Friday, February 28

19: 50 GMT – Two South Africans test optimistic in Japan  

Two South Africans on board the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship have examined optimistic for the coronavirus, based on a state-run medical institute.

“We verify that these residents are currently being handled in Japan and are in excellent care,” mentioned a press release by the National Institute for Communicable Illnesses.

19: 50 GMT – France studies 19 information coronavirus circumstances 

France reported 19 new confirmed coronavirus circumstances, taking the complete to 57.

French Well being Minister Olivier Veran mentioned that a number of faculties in the Oise space north of Paris would stay closed after holidays finish on Sunday to be able to halt the unfold of the virus.

Individually, Defence Minister Florence Parly mentioned on her Twitter feed that a number of confirmed coronavirus infections had been reported on the military base of Creil, north of Paris.

19: 40 GMT – Russia to deport 88 foreingers

Russia will deport 88 foreigners for allegedly violating quarantine measures put in place as a precaution in opposition to the coronavirus.

The international nationals have been caught throughout raids carried out by Moscow police to be able to implement the measures for stopping the infiltration of the lethal virus, Anastasia Rakova, Moscow’s deputy mayor mentioned on Friday, including that circumstances have but to be detected in the Russian capital. 

19: 20 GMT – Window to sort out coronavirus ‘narrowing’: UN chief 

UN Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres mentioned that containment of the global unfold of coronavirus was possible “but the window of opportunity is narrowing”.

“This not a time for panic – it is time to be prepared – fully prepared,” he instructed reporters in New York.

“Now is the time for all governments to step up and do everything possible to contain the disease. We know containment is possible, but the window of opportunity is narrowing.”

19: 15 GMT – UK’s Johnson says coronavirus is authorities’s high precedence

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned taking measures to sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus was his authorities’s high precedence and that the public have been proper to be involved, in his first tv look to speak about the challenge.

“The issue of coronavirus is something that is now the government’s top priority,” he instructed broadcasters, including that he can be chairing a gathering of ministers and officers on the topic on Monday

19: 00 GMT – Italy coronavirus death toll rises to 21, optimistic circumstances 888

A civil safety official in Italy mentioned that 4 more individuals have died from coronavirus, bringing the complete to 21, whereas the variety of these testing optimistic for the sickness jumped to 888 from 650 the day earlier than. Of these infect, 46 are mentioned to have recovered. 

Northern Italy’s Lombardy area mentioned it’s going to ask the authorities to take care of for no less than one other week the containment measures already carried out in opposition to the outbreak. 

18: 20 GMT – Pakistan re-opens border with Iran 

Pakistan re-opened its border with neighbouring Iran, permitting lots of of its stranded residents to return home.

“We have reopened the border to allow our citizens to enter [the country] in batches,” Liaquat Shahwani, a spokesperson for the authorities of southwestern Balochistan province that borders Iran was quoted as saying by Anadolu Company.

Those that have touched the virus-hit areas in Iran are being quarantined till they’re declared clear.”

18: 00 GMT – EU well being ministers to carry extraordinary assembly

European Union well being ministers will maintain a rare assembly on March 6 to debate the coronavirus outbreak, an EU official mentioned.

EU well being ministers held a first extraordinary assembly earlier in February on the epidemic, the place they determined to coordinate their response to the outbreak.

17: 50 GMT – Extra US coronavirus circumstances doubtless

White Home financial adviser Larry Kudlow mentioned  t he variety of further coronavirus circumstances in the US is more likely to improve however that doesn’t imply they may “skyrocket” in North America.

Kudlow, in an interview with Fox Enterprise Community, added that whereas there usually are not currently US provide chain issues that doesn’t imply they won’t floor.

17: 40 GMT – International locations not able to take identical measures as China: WHO

The World Well being Group (WHO) mentioned in a report that a lot of the global group shouldn’t be but able to implement the kinds of measures which have contained the fast-moving coronavirus outbreak in China.

“These are the only measures that are currently proven to interrupt or minimize transmission chains in humans,” the report mentioned.

“Fundamental to these measures is extremely proactive surveillance to immediately detect cases, very rapid diagnosis and immediate case isolation, rigorous tracking and quarantine of close contacts, and an exceptionally high degree of population understanding and acceptance of these measures.”

17: 30 GMT – Corona virus unlikely to fade next yr: US well being official 

Anthony Fauci, head of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious ailments, mentioned the coronavirus is unlikely to vanish next yr and that many more circumstances needs to be anticipated in the US.

Fauci instructed lawmakers in a closed-door assembly that the US currently doesn’t have sufficient coronavirus testing assets. 

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16: 55 GMT – Coronavirus danger is at very excessive global stage: WHO chief 

World Well being Group chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned the danger of unfold and impression of the coronavirus is now ‘very excessive’ at a global stage. 

Ghebreyesus instructed reporters in Geneva the 329 circumstances reported in China over the past 24 hours made it the lowest there in more than a month. 

16: 50 GMT – Coronavirus will increase financial dangers: Swiss National Bank 

The Swiss National Bank mentioned in a press release that the widening coronavirus outbreak has elevated financial dangers which might have detrimental penalties for Switzerland and improve the attraction of the safe-haven franc. 

“The coronavirus has increased the economic risks. If the international environment were to deteriorate, this would have consequences for Switzerland as a small, open economy,” the central bank mentioned in a press release. 

16: 30 GMT – Pompeo says US prepared to assist Iran with coronavirus 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned his nation supplied to assist Iran in its efforts to fight the coronavirus outbreak which has killed 34 individuals and raised questions on Tehran’s willingness to share data. 

Pompeo instructed a Home International Affairs Committee mentioned authorities in the Islamic Republic have been poorly outfitted to cope with the well being disaster. 

Heavy financial sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump have made it troublesome for the nation’s well being sector to import important medical equipment and pharmaceutical merchandise.

16: 15 GMT – British man on board Diamond Princess dies 

Japan’s Kyodo information company mentioned a British man who was on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship has handed away after being contaminated by the coronavirus. 

The British nationwide’s death, the first of a international passenger, introduced the death toll aboard the ship to 6. 

16: 00 GMT – Two more circumstances confirmed in Romania 

Nelu Tataru, Romania’s deputy well being ministry, mentioned two more circumstances of coronavirus have been confirmed, elevating the complete variety of sufferers to a few. 

“They are a 45-year-old man from the county of Maramures and a 38-year-old woman from (the western city of) Timisoara,” Tataru instructed reporters, including that that they had each just lately returned from Italy. 

15: 40 GMT – France: Firms can declare ‘force majeure’

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire introduced that corporations can declare ‘force majeure’ when coping with small-to-medium sized enterprises. 

“We are going to consider the coronavirus as a case of force majeure,” Le Maire instructed reporters, referring to situations the place events to a contract are unable to satisfy their obligations resulting from exterior circumstances. 

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15: 30 GMT – Kenya Excessive Court docket orders flights from China suspended 

Kenya’s Excessive Court docket has ordered flights from China briefly suspended, following a petition by the Legislation Society of Kenya. 

“I find that unless conservatory orders sought are granted Kenyans will continue to be exposed to the deadly disease coronavirus,” Choose James Makau mentioned. 

15: 20 GMT – Nearly 60 confirmed circumstances in Germany 

A spokesperson for the German well being ministry mentioned practically 60 individuals had examined optimistic for the coronavirus, including that the quantity included those that recovered. 

“At the moment in Germany, we have almost 60 but it’s a very dynamic situation, as we keep saying.” 

14: 50 GMT – Coronavirus outbreak ‘getting larger’ after Nigeria case: WHO 

The World Well being Group (WHO) warned that the coronavirus outbreak is getting larger after Nigeria identified the first case in sub-Saharan Africa, reiterating that the virus may attain “most, if not, all countries”. 

Christian Lindmeier, a spokesperson for WHO, instructed a brand new convention in Geneva that the company was investigating the risk of sufferers getting re-infected. 

“But in general a person who had coronavirus infection would be immune for at least a while,” he added. 

14: 30 GMT – Brussels Airways to cut back flights to northern Italy by 30 percent 

Brussels Airways, a Lufthansa subsidiary, mentioned it was slicing flights to northern Italy, together with routes to Milan, Venice and Rome, by 30 percent for 12 days beginning March 2. 

“Because of the rapidly declining demand in air travel within Europe, Brussels Airlines has taken the decision to reduce flight frequencies on a number of routes in order to limit the negative economic impact on its business,” it mentioned in a press release.

14: 20 GMT – Prefecture in northern Japan declares state of emergency over coronavirus 

Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost prefecture, declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, asking that residents keep away from going outdoor throughout the weekend. 

“Hokkaido has been doing everything it can to contain the virus but the crisis is deepening,” mentioned Governor Naomichi Suzuki in a televised information convention, including that the state of emergency would go on till March 19.

13: 50 GMT – Israel confirms fourth case of coronavirus

Israel’s well being ministry confirmed its fourth case of coronavirus in an individual which it mentioned had been in shut contact with a person who examined optimistic after getting back from a visit to Italy. 

“Another coronavirus patient who was in close personal contact with the patient who returned from Italy was diagnosed with a positive result and transferred to isolation,” the well being ministry mentioned in a press release. 

Two Israeli passengers had final week examined optimistic and have been put in quarantine after touring on the Diamond Princess, a virus-stricken cruise ship. 

13: 40 GMT – First case in France’s Good

Authorities in the southern French metropolis of Good have confirmed a first case of the lethal coronavirus in a girl who had just lately returned from Milan. 

“I have been informed of a first case of coronavirus diagnosed this morning at the Nice hospital,” wrote Mayor Christian Estrosi on Twitter. 

That is Ramy Allahoum in Doha taking on from Usaid Siddiqui. 

This is a fast abstract of the latest developments:

Thirty-four individuals have been confirmed dead in Iran with a complete of 388 individuals contaminated.

Wales recognized its first case and two new circumstances have been present in England, taking the complete tally  in the UK to 19.

12: 40 GMT – Two Abu Dhabi accommodations beneath quarantine after company identified

Company at two accommodations in the United Arab Emirates’ capital Abu Dhabi have been positioned beneath quarantine after interacting with two Italians identified with coronavirus, state information company WAM reported.

Different individuals who additionally interacted with the two Italians on Yas island have been remoted at home, the company mentioned, citing the well being division of Abu Dhabi.

The Italians people have been identified with the illness on Thursday.

11: 50 GMT – Extra company go away Canary Islands resort

Three small teams of company left a Tenerife resort in minibuses on its fourth day of quarantine over the coronavirus.

A minimum of two individuals might be seen leaving in an ambulance, however round 700 holidaymakers remained in the compound. It was not clear the place they have been being taken or whether or not these in the ambulance had any signs of the virus.

The regional authorities of Canary Islands cleared 130 company on Thursday to depart the resort, after it was  positioned on lockdown when 4 circumstances of the coronavirus have been detected there.

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11: 17 GMT – Second case confirmed in Georgia

Georgia confirmed its second case of the coronavirus, based on the director of National Middle for Illness Management and Public Well being.

Amiran Gamkrelidze mentioned the new case arrived from Italy. The first case reported in Georgia was on February 26.

10: 56 GMT – One more confirmed case in Thailand, complete now 41

Thailand recorded one new case bringing the complete in the South East Asian nation to 41.

In line with the well being ministry, the case is of a 25-year-old Thai nationwide and tour information who just lately returned from South Korea.

10: 45 GMT – Dying toll in Iran rises to 34 – well being ministry

Thirty-four individuals have been confirmed dead in Iran due to the coronavirus, a well being ministry spokesman mentioned.

The variety of individuals identified with the illness now stands at 388, 143 more than Thursday – from totally different components of the nation had examined optimistic for the virus, Kianush Jahanpur instructed reporters.

10: 15 GMT – Second case confirmed in Netherlands – well being authorities

A second case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the Netherlands, well being officers mentioned

This latest case was reported in Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, whereas the first case, recognized on Thursday, was confirmed in the southern metropolis of Tilburg.

Each people had just lately travelled in Northern Italy.

Coronavirus outbreak: Dying toll rises to 17 in northern Italy

10: 10 GMT – Nigeria’s first case travelled via Lagos earlier than detection – minister

Nigeria’s first confirmed case was not detected at airport, and travelled via Lagos earlier than he grew to become sick and went to a hospital, the nation’s well being minister mentioned.

The Italian man, who authorities mentioned arrived in Nigeria from Milan on the night of February 24, didn’t have signs when the airplane landed.

Authorities at the moment are working to “meet and observe” all those that have been on the flight with him, and are additionally figuring out all the individuals he met and locations he visited in Lagos, a metropolis of some 20 million individuals.

09: 50 GMT – First case in Wales reported, UK tally now 19

The UK is now reporting 19 confirmed circumstances of the coronavirus after Wales recognized its first case and two new circumstances have been present in England, well being authorities mentioned on Friday.

“The total number of UK cases is 19,” the well being ministry mentioned.

09: 45 GMT – Pope cancels more official appointments over chilly

Pope Francis was working from home, and cancelled postponed his official appointments, the Vatican mentioned, a day after cancelling a scheduled look at mass due to “a mild ailment”.

Francis had appeared earlier in the week to be affected by a chilly, seen blowing his nostril and coughing throughout the Ash Wednesday service.

Whereas the Pope, 83, celebrated morning mass, and greeted contributors at the finish, he cleared his schedule of all the things aside from conferences at the Saint Martha’s visitor home at the Vatican the place he resides, chief press officer Matteo Bruni mentioned in a press release.

 Francis had gave the impression to be affected by a chilly earlier in the week  [File: Remo Casilli/Reuters]

09.40 GMT – Switzerland suspends all main occasions to fight virus

The Swiss authorities has suspended all occasions in the nation involving more than 1,000 contributors till mid-March in a bid to cease the novel virus

“Large-scale events involving more than 1,000 people are to be banned. The ban comes into immediate effect and will apply at least until 15 March,” the authorities mentioned in a press release after the nation registered 15 circumstances.

“In the case of public or private events at which fewer than 1,000 people would gather, event organisers must carry out a risk assessment in conjunction with the competent cantonal authorities to decide whether or not the event can be held”, the assertion learn.

09: 16 GMT – Online virus game in China eliminated: developer

A preferred game that enables gamers to create a virus and unfold it worldwide has been pulled from Apple’s App Store in China, its developer mentioned, as the nation battles a real-life epidemic.

Customers primarily based in China couldn’t obtain “Plague Inc” on Friday after the our on-line world watchdog ordered its removing over “illegal” content material, UK-based Ndemic Creations mentioned.

Ndemic mentioned it was not clear if the decision was linked to the lethal new coronavirus outbreak, which started in central China in December. “We have a huge amount of respect for our Chinese players and are devastated that they are no longer able to access and play Plague Inc,” Ndemic mentioned.

08: 43 GMT – Russia restricts Iran, South Korea travellers over virus

Moscow has introduced new restrictions on individuals travelling to Russia from Iran and South Korea, two countries hit hardest by the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin in assertion introduced a short lived suspension of visas for Iranians travelling to Russia for employment, tourism, training and transit functions.

A separate decree imposed restrictions on journey to Russia from South Korea, with exceptions together with members of official delegations.

Is the unfold of coronavirus uncontrolled?

08: 26 GMT – Recovered sufferers discovered to not be infectious – official

Recovered coronavirus sufferers who have been discharged from hospitalization however later examined optimistic once more have been discovered to not be infectious, an official at China’s National Well being Fee (NHC) mentioned.

A hospital administration official, Guo Yanhong, instructed reporters at a day by day press convention that there’s a must deepen the understanding of the new coronavirus, whereas bettering well being monitoring and administration of sufferers who recovered.

08: 00 GMT – Two South Africans test optimistic on cruise ship

A pair of South Africans engaged on the Diamond Princess cruise ship have examined optimistic for COVID-19, the South African well being ministry mentioned.

“On 25 February 2020, we were informed by the Japanese authorities that two of these South Africans tested positive for COVID-19,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.

“They are currently being treated in Japan and the latest reports indicate that they are currently asymptomatic,” the assertion mentioned.

07: 40 GMT – Mongolian President beneath quarantine: state media

Mongolia President Khaltmaagiin Battulga and his accompanying employees who travelled to China on Thursday have been positioned beneath quarantine, based on Mongolian state media outlet Montsame. 

Battulga was the first international chief to go to China amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

In January, Mongolia shut its borders with China, to forestall the unfold of the virus. To date no circumstances of coronavirus have been reported in Mongolia.

Mongolia’s President Khaltmaagiin Battulga, left, poses with Chinese language President Xi Jinping for a photograph throughout a gathering on Thursday at the Nice Corridor of the Folks in Beijing [Liu Bin/Xinhua/AP]

07: 30 GMT – Qatar evacuates residents from Iran

All Qatari residents have been evacuated from Iran and arrived in Doha, the Authorities Communications Workplace (GCO) confirmed in a press launch.

All people will probably be quarantined in a resort facility for 14 days, the place they are going to be supplied with all requirements and brought care of, the GCO mentioned.

07: 20 GMT – Belarus declares first case of coronavirus – TASS

Belarus has reported the first case of coronavirus an infection in the nation, based on Russian information company TASS,

“We would like to inform you that February 27 tests conducted at the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of epidemiology and microbiology showed the presence of coronavirus 2019-nCoV in one of the students from Iran,” TASS quoted the Belarussian Ministry of Healthcare.

06: 50 GMT – WHO: ‘Pandemic potential’ as infections unfold globablly

World Well being Group (WHO) Director Normal Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned all nations ought to put together themselves for potential pandemic, as nations except for China now accout for three-quarters of latest infections.

“This virus has pandemic potential,” Tedros revealed in Geneva. About 12 countries reported their first virus circumstances in past 24 hours.

In line with WHO, outside China the virus has unfold to an additional 46 countries, the place about 3,700 circumstances and 57 deaths have been reported to this point.

The WHO director mentioned this was “not a time of fear” however time to take motion to save lots of lives  [ File: Denis Balibouse/Reuters]

I will be handing over this web page shortly to my colleague Usaid Siddiqui in Doha.

This is a fast abstract of the latest developments:

Nigeria turns into the first sub-Saharan nation to verify a coronavirus case, whereas a number of Asian and European countries, in addition to New Zealand, additionally verify their first infections.

In the meantime,it is changing into more and more clear the virus will take a big toll on the global economy, as the markets have their worst week since 2008.

06: 15 GMT – Kyrgyzstan resident in Japan examined optimistic for virus

A Kyrgyz citizen staying in Japan has examined optimistic for coronavirus and will probably be hospitalised there till full recovery, Kyrgyz deputy international minister Nurlan Abdrakhmanov mentioned.

The person was certainly one of the crew of the Diamond Princess cruise ship berthed in Japan’s port of Yokohama. Kyrgyzstan has reported no coronavuris circumstances by itself territory.

06: 05 GMT – New Zealand studies first virus patient; case linked to Iran

New Zealand well being officers mentioned the nation had its first coronavirus case, an individual of their 60s who just lately returned from Iran.

The individual was being handled at the Auckland City Hospital and members of their family had additionally been remoted as a precaution.

Authorities mentioned the patient arrived on an Emirates flight that landed in Auckland on Wednesday. They mentioned anyone on the flight who had any considerations ought to contact well being consultants.

05: 35 GMT – Inventory markets take a pounding worldwide

Inventory markets round the world have plummeted because it has grow to be more and more clear the virus will take an enormous toll on the global economy.

Inventory markets in Asia plunged once more in opening trade on Friday morning, monitoring big losses in the United States and Europe.The Dow shed practically 1,200 points, or 4.4 percent, on Thursday, taking its losses for the week to more than 11 percent.

“There was more coronavirus carnage on the markets,” Spreadex analyst Connor Campbell mentioned.”One of the worst weeks in recent memory and terrifyingly, it’s not over yet. Friday is a tricky proposition.”

Share costs have been on monitor for the worst week since the global financial disaster in 2008.

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05: 15 GMT – Coronavirus concern touches off a global run on face masks

Worry of the spreading coronavirus has led to a global run on gross sales of face masks regardless of medical consultants’ recommendation that most individuals who aren’t sick needn’t put on them.

Many companies are bought out, whereas others are limiting what number of a buyer should buy. Amazon is policing its web site, making an attempt to verify sellers do not gouge panicked patrons.

Odd individuals making an attempt to guard themselves from the outbreak usually are not the solely ones encountering shortages. Some well being care professionals are seeing them as effectively.

05: 10 GMT – Virus detected in sub-Saharan Africa, global shares tank

Nigeria reported the first new coronavirus case in sub-Saharan Africa on Friday, as global inventory markets tanked on deepening fears of a pandemic and the World Well being Group warned in opposition to the “fatal mistake” of complacency.

On Friday, Nigeria reported its first case: an Italian man who returned to densely populated Lagos early this week. Instances had beforehand been reported in Egypt and Algeria, however not in the sub-Saharan area.

The low variety of circumstances throughout Africa, which has shut financial ties with China, has puzzled well being specialists and raised questions on authorities’ capabilities to detect the virus.

Commissioner Akin Abayomi mentioned the man was transferred to Lagos State Biosecurity Services for isolation and testing. The patient was clinically secure with no severe signs and was being managed at the Infectious Illness Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

03: 58 GMT – Lithuania confirms first case of coronavirus

Lithuania’s authorities reported the nation’s first confirmed case of coronavirus in a girl who returned this week from a go to to Italy’s northern metropolis of Verona.

Italy is the European nation worst hit by the virus, with its death toll at 17, whereas the numbers of these testing optimistic for the sickness elevated by more than 200, to 350.

In a press release, the Lithuanian authorities mentioned the stricken girl had been remoted in hospital in the northern city of Siauliai.She has been beneath remark since and is exhibiting solely slight signs.

The girl, aged 39, was attending a convention with colleagues in Italy earlier than flying to the southern metropolis of Kaunas, Well being Minister Aurelijus Veryga mentioned.

03: 40 GMT – Ok-pop group BTS cancel concert events over coronavirus scare

Ok-pop megastars BTS on Friday cancelled 4 Seoul concert events due in April as the variety of novel coronavirus circumstances in South Korea handed 2,000.

The seven-piece boy band – currently certainly one of the largest acts in the world – had scheduled 4 gigs at the capital’s Olympic Stadium to advertise their new album, Map of the Soul: 7.

Greater than 200,000 fans have been anticipated to attend, their company Large Hit Leisure mentioned in a press release, with “a number of global production companies and a large group of expert international crew” additionally concerned.

03: 30 GMT – New Zealand limits entry of travellers from Iran

New Zealand mentioned on Friday that it was putting momentary restrictions on incoming travellers from Iran as a precautionary measure to guard in opposition to the coronavirus outbreak.

“This means people will not be able to travel from Iran to New Zealand and anyone who has been in Iran in the last 14 days will need to self-isolate,” Well being Minister David Clark mentioned in a press release.

The death toll in Iran from coronavirus had risen to 26, by far the highest quantity outside China.

01: 56 GMT – Tokyo Disneyland to shut via mid-March on coronavirus considerations

Tokyo Disneyland will probably be closed beginning on Saturday via to March 15 amid an outbreak of coronavirus infections in Japan, operator Oriental Land Co Ltd mentioned on Friday.

Each Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea will probably be affected, the firm mentioned.

Is the unfold of coronavirus uncontrolled?

The transfer comes after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe referred to as for all faculties to shut to cease the coronavirus from spreading. The federal government has additionally urged that big gatherings and sports activities occasions be scrapped or curtailed for 2 weeks.

01: 01 GMT – South Korea studies 256 new coronavirus circumstances, complete 2,022 – KCDC

South Korea reported 256 new coronavirus circumstances on Friday, bringing the complete variety of contaminated in the nation to 2,022, the Korea Facilities for Illness and Management and Prevention mentioned.

Of the new circumstances, 182 have been in the southeastern metropolis of Daegu, the location of a church at the centre of South Korea’s outbreak, the KCDC mentioned in a press release.

The death toll from the virus stood at 13, unchanged from the day earlier.

The coronavirus, which originated in China, has quickly unfold to more than 40 different countries and territories.

A employee disinfects journalists visiting the Mengniu dairy manufacturing unit in Beijing on Thursday [Ng Han Guan/AP]

00: 02 GMT – Coronavirus danger to Individuals low, however can change: US well being secretary

The danger to American individuals from coronavirus is low, however that would change, US Well being and Human Companies Secretary Alex Azar mentioned on Thursday.

“We have really been able to keep the risk to the Americans low right now so that everyday Americans don’t need to be worried, but that can change and that’s why it’s important for all of us to prepare,” Azar mentioned at a White Home event with President Donald Trump.

23: 48 GMT – Thursday – US grants sanctions waiver for humanitarian trade to Iran

The US on Thursday granted a licence to permit for sure humanitarian trade transactions with Iran’s sanctioned central bank, a transfer it mentioned was in line with the formalisation of a Swiss humanitarian trade channel.

The newly created channel, which the US Treasury Division mentioned grew to become totally operational on Thursday because it granted the licence, would enable for corporations to ship meals, drugs and different crucial provides to Iran.

This comes as Iran is grappling with a quickly growing variety of coronavirus circumstances which have already killed no less than two dozen individuals.

Hi there and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus from our bureau in Kuala Lumpur – Ted Regencia

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