Here's what you need to know in today's coronavirus news
Take a look at how the world is battling the deadly disease which has so far claimed over 4,700 lives and infected more than 127,000 people across the globe.
Global markets have suffered record falls as concerns over the deadly coronavirus intensified and governments across the world unveiled measures to try to slow the spread of a disease that has infected more than 127,000 people worldwide.
More than 127,000 people have been infected globally and over 4,700 have died, according to a Reuters tally of government announcements.
As the rest of the world begins to shut down, new cases in China have almost slowed to a halt. The country's Wuhan city, ground zero of the new coronavirus outbreak, reported five new cases on Friday, the second day in a row the tally has been less than 10, while no locally transmitted infections were reported in the rest of the country.
Wuhan, capital of central Hubei province, registered the five new cases on Thursday, the National Health Commission said, down from eight cases the previous day. The commission routinely reports new cases the day after the data is collected. Excluding Wuhan, Hubei has reported no new infections for eight consecutive days.
The commission said on Thursday China's coronavirus epidemic had passed its peak, even as alarm over the virus intensified elsewhere. The death toll in China touched 3,169, up by 11 from the previous day.
Poland has reported its first death from coronavirus. So far 47 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the country.
Greece reported its first fatality, a 66 year-old-man who had returned from a religious pilgrimage to Israel and Egypt at the end of February.
Italy’s death toll from the coronavirus epidemic shot past 1,000 as the economic impact worsened. The total number of infections rose to 15,113.
The number of confirmed cases across the UK rose 29% to 590 over the past 24 hours. Ten people have died.
The death toll in France rose to 61 from Wednesday’s 48. The country will close all nurseries, schools and universities from Monday.
Turkish schools will be closed for one week and universities for three weeks from March 16 and sports events will be held without spectators until end-April.
Austria will deny entry to people arriving from Italy, ban indoor events of more than 100 people and close schools from next week until April, along with the Czech Republic which is also closing schools and universities.
Bulgaria plans to declare a state of emergency as the country’s confirmed cases rose sharply to 23.
Ukraine said it would restrict mass events and close schools and universities in capital Kiev.
US President Donald Trump ordered the suspension of European travel to the United States for 30 days to help curb the spread of a coronavirus pandemic.
Also, Trump has apparently told people close to him that he is now concerned about coming into contact with people who have contracted the coronavirus, including Brazilian President’s Press Secretary Fabio Wajngarten, who was recently with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, CNN reported. But, the White House has said that contact was minimal and testing is not required.
Separately, nine US lawmakers -- some of whom had recent contact with Trump -- are now taking steps to self-quarantine as a precaution after coming into contact with another infected person.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie, are in self-isolation after she fell ill and was tested for the coronavirus, while school was cancelled in Ontario to limit the spread of the outbreak. The country on Thursday reported 138 confirmed cases, a 34% increase from Wednesday and a three-fold gain from a week ago.
Costa Rica, which has reported 22 cases, has ordered all university classes suspended.
India reported its first casualty due to the new coronavirus. A 76-year-old man in Karnataka's Kalaburgi died of the virus on Thursday, officials said. According to the Union Health Ministry, a total of 75 persons are now infected by the new virus.
In view of rising coronavirus cases in the country, India has suspended all visas, except a few categories such as diplomatic and employment, till April 15. The government has also "strongly advised" Indians to avoid all non-essential travel abroad.
Total infections in Japan rose to 1,278, including 696 from a cruise ship and 14 returnees on charter flights from China. One new infection was reported early on Wednesday, when the death toll stood at 19.
South Korea reported 114 new cases and six more deaths. The new cases bring the country’s total to 7,869, with 66 deaths. Thailand reported 11 new cases, bringing the total cases to 70.
Weeks after Vietnam declared that all its 16 cases had recovered, the number of infections is on the rise following a flight from Britain.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
Iran on Thursday reported 75 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 429 in the worst-hit country in the Middle East. South Africa reports the first case of local transmission of the coronavirus on Thursday.
Australia’s government said it would pump A$17.6 billion ($11.4 billion) into the economy to prevent the outbreak from pushing the country into its first recession in nearly 30 years.
Spain placed four towns under quarantine and announced measures to tackle the economic impact.
Canada will spend C$1 billion ($728 million) to fight the spread of coronavirus and stands ready to do more, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
Italy will ramp up spending to help the economy, earmarking 25 billion euros ($28.3 billion) to tackle the growing crisis, its Prime Minister said on Wednesday.
Japan’s government is expected to cut its assessment of the economy in a monthly report due later this month.
Panic hit world financial markets on Thursday after stimulus efforts from the European Central Bank failed to calm investors alarmed by U.S. moves to restrict travel from Europe because of the coronavirus pandemic.
EVENT CANCELLED, POSTPONED, PARED BACK
The World Trade Organization’s major biennial meeting, due to be held in Kazakhstan in June, was canceled, dealing a blow to its efforts to update the global rules of commerce.
The Australian Formula One Grand Prix was cancelled on Friday due to worries about the coronavirus outbreak.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch was lit behind closed doors in ancient Olympia.
India has ordered upcoming international cricket matches to be played in empty stadiums.
The World Endurance Championship (WEC) has cancelled Sebring 1,000 Miles race in Florida.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) said on Wednesday it was suspending the season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player tested positive.
A meeting of G20 Agriculture and Water ministers scheduled for March 17-19 in Saudi Arabia has been postponed.
FIFA has postponed its annual Congress, due to be held in Ethiopia in June, for three months.
The inaugural edition of the multi-nation Fed Cup finals that were scheduled to be held in Budapest next month was postponed on Wednesday.
The world figure skating championships, scheduled to be held in Montreal from March 16-22, have been cancelled.
The International Weightlifting Federation postponed the European championship from April to June.