Nurses make a sign of heart with their fingers, in a ward dedicated for people infected with the new coronavirus, at a hospital in Tehran, Iran. Picture: Mohammad Ghadamali/AP
Nurses make a sign of heart with their fingers, in a ward dedicated for people infected with the new coronavirus, at a hospital in Tehran, Iran. Picture: Mohammad Ghadamali/AP

FACTBOX: Latest on the spread of coronavirus around the world

By Reuters Time of article published Mar 8, 2020

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The number of people infected with coronavirus topped 107,000 across the world as the outbreak reached more countries and caused more economic damage.

DEATHS/INFECTIONS

* More than 107,000 people have been infected by the coronavirus across the world and 3,600 have died, according to a Reuters tally of government announcements.

* Mainland China, where the outbreak began, has seen at least 3,097 deaths, but the epidemic is now spreading faster elsewhere. 

EUROPE

* Italy ordered a virtual lockdown across a swathe of its wealthy north on Sunday, including the financial capital Milan, in a drastic new attempt to try to contain a rapidly growing outbreak of coronavirus.

* The number of deaths in Italy jumped to 366 from 233 on Saturday, officials said on Sunday. Total cases reached 7,375, up from 5,883.

* Nineteen people in France have died, authorities said on Sunday. The number of confirmed cases has increased by around 500 over the weekend.

* Germany had 902 confirmed cases by Sunday afternoon. There were just 66 cases on Feb. 29. Health Minister Jens Spahn called on organisers of large public events to cancel them and urged people to stay at home.

* The number of cases in Britain has risen to 273, the Department of Health said on Twitter on Sunday, up from 209 a day earlier, and the biggest one-day increase so far.

* Bulgaria on Sunday reported its first four confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

* Moldova has reported its first confirmed coronavirus case, the Health Ministry said late on Saturday.

* Malta reported its first case on Saturday - a 12-year-old Italian girl who lives on the island. 

AMERICAS

* U.S. passengers on the cruise ship Grand Princess, which had been barred from docking in California because of suspected cases of coronavirus on board, will be sent for testing to at least four quarantine centers, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said on Sunday.

* Americans, especially those who are vulnerable, may need to stop attending big gatherings as the coronavirus spreads through U.S. communities, a top health official said on Sunday, adding that the possibility of large-scale quarantines cannot be ruled out.

* A patient diagnosed with coronavirus died in Argentina on Saturday, the Health Ministry said, marking the first death related to the virus in Latin America.

* Paraguay has registered its first confirmed case of coronavirus, the Health Ministry said on Twitter on Saturday. 

ASIA

* The mayor of Daegu, the city hardest hit in South Korea's outbreak, expressed hope the numbers of new cases may be dropping, after the rate of increase slowed to its lowest in 10 days. Authorities reported 272 new cases, giving a total of 7,313 in the country, with 50 dead.

* The spread continues to slow in China. According to China's National Health Commission, cases fell by roughly half on Saturday from the day before. Of the 44 new confirmed cases, 41 were discovered in Wuhan, the origin of the virus' outbreak. Chinese cities are gradually relaxing quarantine measures put in place over a month ago.

* Bangladesh on Sunday confirmed its first three cases, two of them in people recently returned from Italy.

* The Maldives has curbed movement on several resort islands, authorities said on Sunday, after the country reported its first two cases of coronavirus.

* Japan's health minister said testing capacity would increase by the end of the month, as national health insurance begins to cover it. The number of infections in Japan has risen to 1,159 cases, public broadcaster NHK said.

* Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will declare a public health emergency after the country recorded its first case of community transmission, officials said on Saturday. 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* Iran said 194 people had died from coronavirus and 6,566 were now infected, in a TV announcement by the Health Ministry on Sunday.

* A 60-year-old German tourist has died in Egypt, becoming its first fatality from the new coronavirus, the Health Ministry in Cairo announced on Sunday.

* Saudi Arabia on Sunday imposed a temporary lockdown on its eastern Qatif province, home to a large Shi'ite Muslim population, to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the kingdom.

* Thirteen Americans quarantined in a West Bank hotel on suspicion of having caught the coronavirus have tested negative and will leave soon, a Palestinian official said on Sunday.

* South Africa, Cameroon and Togo confirmed their first cases of coronavirus, bringing the number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa reporting infections to five. 

AUSTRALIA

* A man in his 80s died in a Sydney hospital, becoming the third casualty in Australia, state health authorities said on Sunday. Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the government has secured an additional 54 million face masks to help protect medical workers. 

ECONOMIC FALLOUT

* China's exports contracted sharply in the first two months of the year, and imports slowed, as the health crisis triggered by the coronavirus outbreak caused massive disruptions to business operations, global supply chains and economic activity.

* The outbreak likely halved China's economic growth in the current quarter compared with the previous three months, a Reuters poll found.

* U.S. officials are wrestling with what to do in the worst-case economic scenarios, if large numbers of people can't go to work, are told to stay home, or stop going out in public entirely.

* Strategists from top U.S. financial firms have cut their earnings per share and other targets for the S&P 500 and globally as the expected impact of the coronavirus on corporate results escalated.

* Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government will create a special loan programme to offer zero-interest loans to companies hit by fallout from the coronavirus epidemic.

* British finance minister Rishi Sunak, under pressure to fund the fight against the coronavirus and meet election promises in this week's budget, has said he is looking at possible changes to rules which could allow him to spend more.

* More than 50 staff at Societe Generale's London office were working from home on Friday, while Bank of America Corp is splitting its trading force and sending 100 New York-based staff to nearby Stamford, Connecticut, from Monday as a precaution against spread of the coronavirus.

* The European Central Bank has told most of its more than 3,500 staff to work from home on Monday to test how it could cope with a shutdown over coronavirus concerns, a spokesperson said Sunday.

* The Asian Development Bank said the outbreak could slash global economic output by 0.1-0.4%, with financial losses forecast to reach between $77 billion and $347 billion.

* The cost of insuring exposure to sovereign as well as corporate debt rose almost across the board on Friday as the spread of coronavirus raised the prospect of debt distress and government bailouts. 

MARKETS

* Bargain-hunting investors are eyeing the shares of airlines, hotels, cruise lines and other companies that have been among the worst-hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

* Yields on U.S. Treasuries plunged to historic lows on Friday as fear the coronavirus outbreak will slam the global economy drove investors to snap up risk-adverse assets and dump equities, overshadowing data highlighting a strong U.S. labour market. '

EVENT CANCELLED, POSTPONED, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

* The Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix will go ahead this month without spectators.

* Japan's sumo wrestlers faced off for the spring grand tournament on Sunday in front of empty seats in Osaka.

* Britain's government has called a meeting with its sports authorities and broadcasters on Monday to discuss how events could be staged without fans present if the outbreak escalates, two people familiar with the matter said.

* Saying he felt "caged", Pope Francis delivered his Sunday blessing over the internet from inside the Vatican instead of from a window to stop crowds gathering during Italy's coronavirus outbreak.

* The South by Southwest music, technology and film festival in Austin, Texas, scheduled for March 13 to 22, was cancelled on Friday.

* The World Economic Forum has postponed a Latin America conference set to be held in Brazil at the end of April.

* The oil and gas industry is cancelling key networking events and academic and technical meetings, shifting some to virtual conferences.

* The Barcelona marathon scheduled for March 15 has been postponed until October.

* The Alpine skiing World Cup finals in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, scheduled for March 18-22, have been cancelled.

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