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366 coronavirus deaths in Italy, Saudi schools shut

The price from the coronavirus outbreak in Italy has jumped by a minimum of 133 within the past 24 hours, bringing its total to 366.
Italy imposed a quarantine in Lombardy and other severely affected areas, affecting some 16 million people because it stepped up efforts to tackle Europe’s largest outbreak.

The move came because the struggles to contain the virus’s spread, with 1,247 new cases detected within the last 24 hours – a 25 percent surge. As of Sunday, Italy confirmed 7,375 infections.

Meanwhile in Asian country, authorities locked down the eastern Qatif region in a very bid to contain the fast-spreading virus. Riyadh also said it absolutely was suspending all public and personal schools and universities across the country from Monday until further notice.

Also on Sunday, Iran reported 49 new coronavirus fatalities over the past 24 hours, bringing its price to 194.

The number of individuals diagnosed with the new coronavirus now exceeds 106,000 worldwide with several new countries reporting their first cases. Nearly 3,600 people have died.

In Doha, absorbing from Ramy Allahoum, this can be Hamza Mohamed.

Sunday, March 8
20:30 – GMT – Qatar bans arrivals from 14 countries
Qatar has temporarily barred travellers from 14 countries starting March 9 as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, the govt. announced on Sunday.

The ban covers China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand.

Qatar Airways had already suspended flights to and from Italy.

Qatar reported three more cases of the virus on Sunday, bringing the full there to fifteen.

18:25 GMT – US state of Oregon declares state of emergency
Oregon declared a 60-day state of emergency on Sunday as coronavirus cases within the state doubled to 14.

“We will do everything in our power to stay Oregonians safe,” Kate Brown, Oregon governor, said at a press conference.

18:00 GMT – France reports three new deaths, toll hits 19
France reported three new coronavirus deaths on Sunday, taking the country’s price from the outbreak to 19.

As of Sunday, the full number of confirmed cases stood at 1,126, in line with health officials. France has also banned gatherings of over 1,000 people over virus fears.

17:30 GMT – Italy: Coronavirus price in Lombardy region jumps to 366
The price from coronavirus outbreak within the northern province of Lombardy has risen to 366 from 154 within the past 24 hours, in line with a neighborhood official.

Lombardy has borne the brunt of a nationwide contagion. the newest national price figures are thanks to be released later within the day.

As of Saturday, Italy has confirmed over 5,880, in line with WHO.

17:00 GMT – Switzerland: Patient dies from virus, price hits two
Swiss health officials reporting a patient infected with coronavirus has died, bringing the national price to 2.

The patient died in hospital in Liestal, officials say.

As of Sunday, the amount of confirmed cases within the country stands at 281.

15:10 GMT – Iraq protesters entail protective medical items to fight virus
Protesters gathered within the centre of Baghdad on Sunday to demand more help from the govt. to stop the spread of coronavirus.

They called on Iraq’s ministry of health to supply further supplies of face masks and gloves for members of the general public.

Demand for protective medical items, like masks, gloves and gowns, is booming because the virus spreads in Iraq.

The country currently has over 30 confirmed cases of the virus.

14:40 GMT – Cancel big public events to prevent virus spread: German health minister
Germany’s health minister, Jens Spahn, said all public events with over 1,000 participants should be called off because the country battles the spread of coronavirus.

“Given how briskly things are developing, that ought to change quickly,” he told DPA news organization.

On Sunday, Germany had a complete of 847 confirmed cases, in line with the country’s official disease control institute.

14:30 GMT – Netherlands: Coronavirus price jumps to a few
The price from coronavirus infections within the Netherlands has jumped to a few, after health officials reported two more fatalities.

The National Institute for Public Health said the deceased were two men, aged 82 and 86.

The two had previous medical problems before they were infected with the virus, in line with officials. European nation registered its first fatal case, an 86-year-old man who died in a very hospital in Rotterdam, on Friday.

The total number of infections within the country increased to 265 on Sunday, from 188 each day earlier.

Health authorities said 131 of those patients had recently been to Italy, the country at the guts of Europe’s largest coronavirus outbreak.

14:20 GMT – Royal Air Maroc suspends flight to Venice, Milan
Morocco’s state carrier, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), has suspended flights to Italy’s Venice and Milan.

The two cities are currently under lockdown by Italian authorities thanks to a coronavirus outbreak.

Flights will resume on April 8, the airline said in a very statement. In January, the airline suspended direct flights to Beijing.

14:10 GMT – Trump: ‘Fake news media’ making US look bad amid virus spread
US President Donald Trump said “fake journalism is doing everything possible” to create Washington look bad because the country steps up efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

“We have a wonderfully coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus. We moved VERY early to shut borders to certain areas, which was a Godsend,” Trump said in a very tweet.

The US has confirmed over 210 cases.

Meanwhile, a top public health official said signs of the virus spreading through the country was “not encouraging” and warned Americans might have to think twice about attending large gatherings if it continues.

“I think we’re getting an improved sense [of the scope of the outbreak] because the days elapse,” Anthony Fauci, the pinnacle of the infectious diseases unit at the National Institutes of Health, told broadcaster NBC.

“Unfortunately, that better sense isn’t encouraging because we’re seeing community spread.”

Washington state is considering whether mandatory measures is also needed to curb social gatherings and contain the spread of coronavirus, Governor Jay Inslee said on Sunday.

“We certainly are contemplating requirements for what we call social distancing,” Inslee told on CBS.

“We are contemplating some next steps, particularly to safeguard our vulnerable populations, and our nursing homes and also the like, and that we are looking to see whether mandatory measures are required,” he added.

13:30 GMT – Saudi Arabia: Authorities shut in Qatif region
Saudi Arabia has cordoned off a part within the country’s Eastern Province in a very bid to contain the coronavirus’ spread.

“Given that every one 11 recorded positive cases of the new coronavirus are from Qatif … it’s been decided … to temporarily suspend entry and exit from Qatif,” the inside ministry said in a very statement carried by the official Saudi news organization.

Qatif could be a stronghold of the kingdom’s Shia minority.

Riyadh confirmed a complete of 11 cases – most of them were people arriving from religious pilgrimages to Iran.

12:30 GMT – Qatar records three new coronavirus cases
Qatar’s public health ministry announced three additional coronavirus cases, bringing the full number of infections to fifteen.

The patients were admitted to the disease Center and are in complete isolation, the ministry said in a very statement.

“All people who were sharing the accommodation were subjected to quarantine, including all those that came connected with the patients to create sure they’re healthy which no infection was transmitted to them,” the ministry said in a very statement.

The patients’ accommodation is additionally being subjected to an intensive examination and is tracing the three individuals’ movements.

12:10 GMT – Moscow threatens prison for people who fail to self-isolate
Moscow city authorities threatened prison terms of up to 5 years on Sunday for people failing to self-isolate in their homes for 2 weeks after visiting countries hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak.

The city government had announced a “high alert regime” and imposed extra measures on Thursday to stop a variety of the illness within the national capital.

Those who return from China, Republic of Korea, Iran, France, Germany, Italy and Spain and other states showing possible “unfavourable” signs of coronavirus should self-isolate themselves reception for 14 days, Moscow hall has said.

12:00 GMT – port records third coronavirus death
Honk Kong’s Hospital Authority said a 76-year-old woman gave up the ghost after falling ill from coronavirus, becoming the person to die from the infection within the semi-autonomous territory.

The patient had developed fever, shortness of breath, cough and abdominal pain on February 28 and was admitted to hospital the identical day.

Four more cases were registered on Sunday, bringing the full number of infections to 114.

11:40 GMT – Vietnman coronavirus cases jump to 29
Vietnam’s health ministry confirmed nine additional cases, bringing the the full number of infections to 29. The new cases include eight foreign tourists who arrived within the capital Hanoi from London on Monday.

Following a swift response, authorities were ready to treat the primary 16 patients who tested positive for the virus. The ministry said 101 suspected cases were put in quarantine while an extra 23,228 people were being monitored.

11:15 GMT – Iran price climbs to 194
Iran’s price from the coronavirus climbed to 194, up from 145 the previous day, healty ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said in a very televised address.

“There are 743 those that are added to the full of these infected by COVID-19 through lab test results,” he said. “In the past 24 hours, we’ve got had 49 those that have died from this illness so we’ve got a minimum of 194 deaths up to now.”

The cumulative number of cases within the country, which has been hardest hit by the virus within the Mideast region, totalled 6,566.

11:00 GMT – Number of coronavirus cases in Republic of South Africa rises to a few
The wife of the primary patient to be infected with the coronavirus has tested positive for the virus, South Africa’s health ministry said in a very statement, bringing the amount of confirmed cases to a few.

To date, all three confirmed cases belonged to a bunch of 10 tourists who travelled to Italy, in line with the statement.

All people who may have get contact with the infected individuals are traced, apart from one one who wasn’t in Republic of South Africa.

10:00 GMT – Asian country confirms four more cases
Saudi Arabia’s health ministry registered four new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the full number of infections to 11.

It separately announced a general amnesty for people who violate a travel ban to Iran. So far, 125 people have come out.

09:50 GMT – Czech PM: Italy should ban citizens from travelling to Europe
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis urged Italy to ban its citizens from travelling abroad to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“It’s clear that Italy, unfortunately, doesn’t have it in check,” Babis said, also calling on Czechs who are currently in Italy to return home.

“They [Italians] shouldn’t trip Europe because most of the cases in Germany, France, Spain … have originated in Italy.”

08:45 GMT – Bulgaria registers two additional cases
Bulgaria has reported two additional cases, bringing the full number within the country to four.

Todor Kantardzhiev, head of the National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, said two men from the northern city of Pleven and two women from the middle of Gabrovo tested positive for the virus.

Neither had travelled recently or been connected with someone arriving from a rustic with a coronavirus outbreak, in line with Kunchev.

08:25 GMT – Bahrain’s Formula 1 auto race closed to fans
Bahrain’s Formula One auto race scheduled to require place later this month are restricted to participants, organisers said in a very statement.

“Given the continued spread of Covid-19 globally, convening a serious sporting event, which is hospitable the general public and allows thousands of international travellers and native fans to interact in close proximity, wouldn’t be the correct thing to try to to at the current time,” read the statement.

08:10 GMT – Moldova confirms first coronavirus case
Moldova has registered its first confirmed case in a very 48-year-old woman who recently returned from a visit to Italy.

“The person was taken from the airport… with bilateral pneumonia, acute respiratory failure, fever, cough, general weakness,” a health ministry statement said late on Saturday.

07:20 GMT – US cruise liner allowed to dock in Oakland, California
The coronavirus-stricken Grand Princess cruise liner has been given the green light to dock in Oakland, the tour operator said in a very statement.

“Grand Princess will proceed to the Port of Oakland on Sunday to start disembarking guests who require acute medical treatment and hospitalization,” the Princess Cruises tour company said.

“Guests who are California residents will attend a federally operated facility within California for testing and isolation, while non-Californians are transported by the national to facilities in other states.”

The vessel, which has been stranded off the coast of California for four days, recorded 21 cases on board, including 19 crew and two American passengers.

06:30 GMT – Maldives records first two cases
The Maldives has reported its first cases of the novel coronavirus in two employees engaging at a tourist resort. they’re believed to own caught the disease after coming into contact with an Italian tourist who tested positive upon returning to Italy.

The two are in stable condition and are in quarantine at a facility outside the capital, Male.

This is Ramy Allahoum in Doha absorbing from my colleague, Kate Mayberry.

Sunday, March 8
05:55 GMT – price rises to 6 in China hotel collapse
The price in a very hotel collapse in China has risen to 6 with 28 still missing, in line with the Ministry of Emergency Management.

The building in Quanzhou, which was getting used to accommodate people under observation for the coronavirus, collapsed on Saturday evening.

As of 11:30am in Beijing (03:30 GMT), rescuers had found 43 people within the rubble – 36 are sent to hospital while one didn’t need medical treatment.

05:40 GMT – Malaysia, Thailand bar cruise liner
Thailand and Malaysia have barred the Costa Fortuna, which has about 2,000 people on board including dozens of Italians, from docking at their ports.

Malaysian officials say there are about 64 Italians on board.

The Star, a neighborhood newspaper, reported earlier on Sunday that Malaysian ports had banned all cruise ships following a directive from the Ministry of Transport.

The Costa Fortuna is now said to air its thanks to Singapore.

05:01 GMT – First case of coronavirus in US capital
A man in his 50s has tested positive for coronavirus in Washington, DC, the primary case within the US capital.

On Saturday, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said the person started exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 in late February.

He was admitted to a Washington, DC, hospital on Thursday and perceived to don’t have any history of international travel and no close contacts to the other confirmed cases within the US, Bowser said.

“With his test yielding presumptive positive, DC Health has started its investigation keep with CDC [Centers for Disease Control] guidelines,” Bowser said. The investigation includes tracing the man’s movements, though the mayor declined to specify where the person lived.

04:30 GMT – 10 dead in China quarantine hotel collapse
State media in China say a minimum of 10 people died within the collapse of a hotel in Quanzhou that was getting used for coronavirus quarantine.

An estimated 23 others are believed trapped within the rubble. Rescuers pulled 48 people from the wreckage, of whom 38 are alive, the Ministry of Emergency Management said on social media.

The building within the coastal city of Quanzhou had been repurposed to accommodate those that recently had contact with patients confirmed with COVID-19, the state-run People’s Daily newspaper reported.

03:25 GMT – Italy quarantine will apply to 16 million people; remain until April 3
Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says the govt. will enforce a strict quarantine within the state of Lombardy and 14 other areas within the north, affecting a complete of 16 million people.

“We want to safeguard the health of all citizens,” Conte told a press conference in Rome.

“We are aware that this can create unease which these measures are a sacrifice, big and tiny. But this can be the time to be responsible. we should always not counter these measures or dodge them, we must give some thought to protecting our health, the health of our loved ones, the health of our parents but mainly the health of our grandparents.”

The quarantine are the foremost extreme outside China, which sealed Hubei province in January.

Nobody are allowed to maneuver in or out of the designated territories, although exceptions are made for reasons of health, professional needs and “exceptional” cases, Conte said.

02:45 GMT – Republic of Korea to ration face masks
South Korea is to start out rationing face masks from Monday, limiting the amount all and sundry should buy weekly.

South Korea’s Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Sunday issued a public message, asking citizens to “actively cooperate” with the efforts to create sure healthcare workers and sick people have access to enough masks.

“Even if you’re feeling inconvenient, I ask you to point out a mature sense of civil awareness, supported concessions, consideration and cooperation so those that really want face masks should buy them,” he said, in line with Yonhap news organization.

The government has imposed export restrictions on masks and urged factories to extend production.

02:15 GMT – Rescue efforts continue at collapsed hotel in China
Rescue efforts continue at the collapsed hotel within the southeastern city of Quanzhou.

Chinese media say that 49 people had been rescued at 00:20 GMT. About 20 people are feared to be trapped within the rubble.

The hotel, which opened in 2018 and had 80 rooms, was getting used to accommodate people in isolation over fears they’ll be infected with the coronavirus.

02:00 GMT Hubei issues digital clean bills of health for people to urge back to figure
China’s Global Times has reported that the province of Hubei, where the coronavirus first emerged late last year, has issued its first green digital health certificates – clean bills of health – that may allow people within the still sealed-off province to return to figure.
01:45 GMT – Conservative Political Action Conference confirms attendee tested positive
Organisers of the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, said an attendee of its annual Washington, DC-area conference last month has tested positive for coronavirus.

“A New Jersey hospital tested the person, and CDC confirmed the positive result,” said an announcement by the American Conservative Union, the host of the event.

The conference was attended by numerous high-profile conservative political figures, including President Donald Trump, vp Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The organiser said the affected person had “no interaction” with Trump or Pence and didn’t attend events within the conference’s main hall.

The conference came about from February 26 to 29.

01:36 GMT – Elderly man becomes Australia’s third COVID-19 death
An elderly man has died in a very hospital in Sydney after being confirmed to own COVID-19.

He is the person within the country to die after being diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Australia currently has 74 confirmed cases, but authorities worry it’s spreading within the community.

Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt said on Sunday the govt. had secured an extra 54 million face masks to assist protect medical workers.

The masks are scheduled to arrive in Australia between now and also the end of April, he added.

01:27 GMT – Republic of Korea reports 93 more cases of coronavirus
South Korea, the country grappling with the biggest outbreak outside China, reported 93 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday morning.

While that was below the previous day, the authorities have said numbers could fluctuate as more people are tested.

South Korea now has 7,134 confirmed cases of the virus.

01:17 GMT – Bulgaria reports first cases of coronavirus
Bulgaria has reported its first cases of coronavirus in a very 27-year-old man and a 75-year-old woman.

Neither had travelled recently or been connected with anyone arriving from a rustic with a coronavirus outbreak, Chief State Health Inspector Angel Kunchev told journalists.

“Samples from two patients – a person from the northern town of Pleven and a lady from the central town of Gabrovo – tested positive,” said Todor Kantardzhiev, director of the National Center of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases.

They had been admitted to hospital several days ago with severe respiratory problems.

Their condition has improved and both will undergo further tests overnight to verify the result.

Authorities said that they had already tracked down and commenced testing approximately 40 those that were known to own been connected with the 2 people.

01:15 GMT – Argentina confirms first COVID-19 death in geographical area
Argentina has reported its first death from COVID-19, the primary in geographical area.

Paraguay, Colombia, Chile and Peru have announced their first confirmed cases of coronavirus in recent days, and a number of other cases are confirmed in neighbouring Brazil.

00:42 GMT – China cases still slow
The spread of the coronavirus continues to slow in China.

The country reported 44 new cases on Saturday, most of them in Hubei where the outbreak originated. there have been only three cases elsewhere on the mainland, in those that had arrived from overseas.

A further 27 people died from COVID-19, bringing the national toll to three,097.

00:35 GMT – big apple state declares emergency as US price rises
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus after the amount of confirmed cases there rose by 13 to 89.

“It allows expedited purchasing and expedited hiring, which is what we want immediately,” Cuomo told a press conference.

More than 1/2 US states have now reported cases of the virus, which causes COVID-19. Two more people within the western state of Washington died from the disease on Saturday, bringing the full price across the country to 19.

00:00 GMT – Italy reaching to impose unprecedented quarantine
Italy is about to impose an unprecedented quarantine on the northern region of Lombardy, including Milan, because it steps up efforts to tackle the coronavirus.

According to a draft decree seen by Reuters, under the new rules, people won’t be ready to enter or leave Lombardy, which is home to some 10 million people, moreover as 11 provinces in four of Italy’s 19 other regions.

All museums, gyms, cultural centres, ski resorts and swimming pools are closed the targeted areas, in line with the decree.

“The government is appealing to a way of responsibility among all Italian citizens,” Sabina Castelfranco, an Italian journalist based in London, told Al Jazeera. “I think Italians are very concerned [about the virus].”

The governors of Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna, another region affected, have expressed reservations over the plan, so Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has not yet signed it. that would happen on Sunday.

So far, only some limited areas of northern Italy, referred to as “red zones”, are quarantined.

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