Coronavirus latest news: 13 new cases of the disease identified in UK  

Tourists put on masks in London's Chinatwon
Tourists put on masks in London's Chinatwon Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Thirteen more people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the UK, with one of the patients having no known travel to any of the affected countries.

Scotland confirmed its first case on Sunday evening was a Tayside resident2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app who recently returned from Italy.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appDespite the rapid spike in cases, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters that he was "very, very confident" that the NHS could cope with an outbreak and urged the public to do their bit by following public health advice. 

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe day's other main developments include:

  • Confirmation that at least one of the cases - a patient in Essex - had not travelled to any affected countries.

  • Three of the new cases relate to a man in Surrey2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app who became the first person to contract the disease in the UK on Friday.

  • The total number of global cases is 86,992 and 2,979 deaths.

  • Health secretary Matthew Hancock told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that the government is not taking “anything off the table” when asked if emergency powers could involve shutting down entire cities.

  • Mr Hancock said that the NHS could make an extra 5,000 beds available for the most critically ill patients although it is unclear where these would come from.

  • He also said that it was everyone’s duty to follow public health advice.

  • The Louvre in Paris2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app has remained shut all day after staff said they were worried about picking up the virus from the museum’s thousands of international visitors.

  • The Czech Republic2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app has reported its first three cases of the disease.

  • Retired doctors and nurses2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app may be asked to come back to work in the event of a big large-scale coronavirus outbreak.

  • The death toll rises to 54 and the number of cases jumps to 978 in Iran.

Secondary school in Ireland to shut

A2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app secondary school in Ireland is to be closed for 14 days after authorities identified its pupils and teachers as having been in contact with a male patient who has the country's first confirmed case of coronavirus.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appAll pupils and teachers are being asked to restrict their movements until the end of the incubation period.

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer with the Department of Health, said: "Contact tracing has assessed that close contacts of this patient includes pupils and teachers of a secondary school. Public health doctors are in direct contact with pupils, their parents and the staff involved.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"Patient confidentiality in this case, and in all cases, should be respected. The Department of Health will provide updated information as necessary."

Public must do what it can to stop the spread of the virus, says Johnson

P2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围apprime minister Boris Johnson told reporters that there had been many Cobra emergency meetings since the outbreak began.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appI'm very confident that this country has the capacity to deal with it.. but the crucial thing, as I say, is the public does what it can, we all do what we can to stop the spread ourselves. 

More on the latest UK coronavirus cases 

Three of the latest 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus relate to a man from Surrey who tested positive on Friday who was the first person to get infected within the UK.

They are all adults - one more from Surrey and two from West Sussex - and are not GPs or health workers.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appDr James Mapstone, acting regional director for the south of England for Public Health England (PHE), said: "PHE is providing specialist advice to local authority partners around two confirmed cases in Surrey and two in West Sussex.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"The four cases are part of an adult family cluster. We are aware of the people they have been in contact with and we are making contact with those people to issue appropriate advice and steps to take if they start to feel unwell."

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appRuth Hutchinson, interim director of public health for Surrey County Council, and Anna Raleigh, director of public health for West Sussex County Council, said in a joint statement: "We are working closely together and with Public Health England and the NHS to make sure everything possible is being done to protect people in our respective counties and minimise the spread of the virus."

Prime minister gives handwashing advice

M2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appr Johnson said the outbreak would probably "spread a bit more" and added the best way to stop it was through hand washing, adding: "20 seconds, two times Happy Birthday I'm told, with hot water and soap."

Talking about the government's updated contingency plan, he said:

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appI think what we're saying is that we will be setting out the various measures, as the disease progresses, if it progresses in the way we think it may.

We will be setting out the various measures in which we think the public should be responding, which public bodies should be responding, we'll be sending that out tomorrow, the next day.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appBut the crucial thing is, as I say, the public does what it can, we all do what we can to stop the spread ourselves.

NHS can cope with outbreak of coronavirus, pledges Prime Minister

Speaking to reporters at a Public Health England centre in Colindale, north London, the Prime Minister said he was "very, very confident" that the NHS is able to cope with an outbreak of coronavirus.

"As you know, we've found about 35 people in this country who have, or have had, the illness," Boris Johnson said.

"And clearly there may be more, that's likely to spread a bit more, and it's vital therefore that people understand that we do have a great plan, a plan to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"And I am very, very confident that in the NHS we have the professionals who will be well able to cope with it."

Death toll rises in Iran

Iran has raised the death toll from coronavirus cases to 54 as the number of confirmed infections jumped overnight by more than half to 978.

There are continuing concerns that the numbers do not reflect the true scale of the outbreak with a doctor in Tehran telling the BBC that there had been 200 deaths. 

Leader of controversial religious group at heart of South Korea coronavirus outbreak could face murder probe

The leader of a religious sect in South Korea could face a murder investigation over some of the country's coronavirus deaths, the BBC reports.

The government of the capital Seoul has asked prosecutors to charge Lee Man-hee, the founder of the Shincheonji Church, and 11 others.

They are accused of hiding the names of some members as officials tried to track patients before the virus spread.

South Korea is battling the worst coronavirus outbreak outside China.

The country has reported 3,730 cases and 21 deaths so far. More than half of all infections involve members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a fringe Christian group.

Authorities say Shincheonji members infected one another in the southern city of Daegu last month, before fanning out around the country. Read more about the secretive group here

Man who flew from Bristol to Hong Kong tests positive for virus

A2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app man from Shenzhen in China and who works in Bristol has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, authorities in China have confrimed.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe man, who is 35, took a Cathay Pacific flight from London to Hong Kong on February 27. On arrival his termperature was normal but on February 29 he developed a cough and fever and has now been isolated at a hospital in Shenzhen, health authorities in Guangdong have reported. 

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appCurrently, 93 close contacts have been identified.  According to preliminary reports, the patient has no history of travel in Hubei - the epicentre of the outbreak in China - and two colleagues at his workplace in Bristol reported symptoms of cough and fever. 

US to screen travellers for coronavirus 

The United States will start screening travellers for coronavirus and ramp up production of masks and test kits as the government scrambles to reassure the country it has the rapidly spreading disease under control.

The first American died from coronavirus, a man in his 50s with underlying conditions in Washington state, officials said on Saturday. The state has recorded two other "presumptive" cases at a long-term care facility where more than 50 residents and staff could be showing symptoms.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appNew cases were reported in the Chicago area and Rhode Island.

President Donald Trump on Sunday said travellers from countries at high risk of coronavirus would be screened before boarding and upon arrival, without specifying which countries.

The United States has 75,000 test kits for coronavirus and will expand that number "radically" in coming weeks, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

Czech Republic records first cases of coronavirus

T2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围apphe Czech Republic has recorded its first three cases of the new coronavirus: two men and a woman recently arrived from northern Italy, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said on Sunday.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appA fourth person, a woman, is still undergoing tests.

"We have the first three cases of the Covid-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus," Vojtech told reporters.

One of the cases was in a man who had attended a conference in the northern Italian city of Udine.

He has been hospitalised at Prague's Bulovka hospital, as has an American tourist , who arrived in Prague from Milan, where she has been studying at the university.

The woman came with an Ecuadorean friend of the same age who had similar symptoms but has tested negative in initials checks, said Vojtech. She would undergo a new test, probably on Monday, he added.

The third case is a man who returned from a skiing trip in the Veneto region of northern Italy.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThis man is hospitalised in the northern Czech city of Usti nad Labem.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appAll the patients appear to have a mild form of the virus and all are isolated in infectious disease hospital wards, the minister added.

Breaking: 1,520 cases of the coronavirus in Europe

There have been 1,520 cases of the coronavirus in the European Union, new figures show.

According to the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control Italy has had the greatest number of cases with 1,128, followed by Germany where there have been 111, France with 100 and Spain with 66. The UK has had a total of 35 cases so far, with 12 new cases announced today.

Coronavirus threatens a global credit crunch 

The Telegraph's international business editor Ambrose Evans-Pritchard2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app warns of the threat the coronavirus poses to the global economy. One financial analyst tells him:

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe market has suddenly woken up and realized that this is no longer just a China story and we may be going into a global pandemic. Clearly the view two or three weeks ago that this would peak in March is no longer appropriate. The question becoming very relevant is which companies are going to be able to refinance.

Read the full story here

New cases confirmed in Bury and Tetbury

More details have emerged about the new UK coronavirus cases announced by the Department of Health today.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appOne of the patients is from Bury, Greater Manchester who became infected with the virus while in Italy.

Dr Will Welfare, interim deputy director of health protection for Public Health England North West, said: "Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with one of the latest confirmed cases of Covid-19.

"Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed case.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public."

Another confirmed case is a member of staff at St Mary's School in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. 

The case in the Cotswolds was among three identified on Saturday.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Jo Woolley said that while shutting the school was not necessary it will close until at least Wednesday due to "operational difficulties" with staff members.

She said: "Whilst I fully understand this will cause anxiety amongst the school community, I can assure you all necessary steps are being taken to minimise risk to others.

"A deep clean of the school was carried out on Saturday February 29.

"All people who have had contact with the person have already been identified, contacted and know if they need to exclude themselves from school."

Breaking: reaction to news of 12 more cases of coronavirus in the UK

Keith Neal, emeritus professor of epidemiology of infectious diseases, University of Nottingham, said:

We know there are a lot of cases in Italy and Iran.  A second case without known contact shows that the current surveillance for cases without a travel history or a history of close contact is working.  It also suggests that Covid-19 may have more cases with mild or no symptoms than the Chinese data suggests.

Paris Louvre shuts over virus fears

Tourists queue at the Louvre Credit: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The Louvre Museum has shut its doors after workers voiced fears about picking up the coronavirus from the  gallery's international visitors. 

A short statement from the Louvre said a staff meeting about virus prevention efforts stopped the museum from opening as scheduled Sunday morning. Would-be visitors were still waiting to get inside on Sunday afternoon and a message on the museum's website said it was still shut.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"We are very worried because we have visitors from everywhere," said Andre Sacristin, a Louvre employee and union representative for its staffers.

"The risk is very, very, very great," he said in a phone interview. While there are no known virus infections among the museum's 2,300 workers, "it's only a question of time," he said.

The shutdown followed a government decision on Saturday to ban indoor public gatherings of more than 5,000 people.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appSacristin said that new measure exacerbated the fears of Louvre workers that they might be in danger of contracting the virus, because the museum welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each day. Also worrying staffers is that museum workers from northern Italy are now visiting the Louvre. They have come to collect works by Leonardo da Vinci that were loaned for a major exhibition, he said.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appA meeting about virus prevention is scheduled for Monday between union representatives and the museum management, said M. Sacristin.

Breaking: Twelve more cases of coronavirus in the UK 

T2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appwelve more cases of  coronavirus have been identified in the UK taking the total number to 35, chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty has said.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThree cases were close contacts of a known case, transmitted in the UK and identified as part of contact tracing. One patient from Essex had not travelled to any of the affected countries and it is not clear how he or she was infected. 

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"Of the remaining eight cases, six had recently travelled from Italy and two from Iran. The patients who have recently travelled are from London, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Hertfordshire and Gloucestershire. All are being investigated and contact tracing has begun," said Prof Whitty. 

Churches in South Korea remain closed over disease spread fears

Man-Hee Lee, founder of the Shincheonji church

Roman Catholic churches remained closed across South Korea on Sunday, as officials struggle with a coronavirus outbreak that has led to the cancellation of many public gatherings, reports the BBC.

The Catholic Church has an estimated 5.8m members in the country.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appMajor Protestant groups have also halted Sunday services. All Buddhist events have been called off.

South Korea is battling the worst coronavirus outbreak outside China, with 3,736 cases and 18 deaths so far.

Read the Telegraph's investigation into the controversial Shincheonji Church of Jesus which is at the heart of the outbreak in South Korea. 

Government draws up coronavirus "battle plan"

An emergency battle plan reacting to any further spread of coronavirus has been drawn up by the Government.

Every department will have a ministerial lead to oversee the response to Covid-19 while an enhanced public information campaign is due to be rolled out in the coming week.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appHealth Secretary Matt Hancock said the UK is currently in the "containment" phase of the outbreak.

The Department of Health and Social Care said a "war room" will be established in the Cabinet Office, featuring a cross-Whitehall team of communications experts.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appA new campaign will be unveiled featuring posters and social media adverts to reinforce the importance of hand-washing for 20 seconds or more with water and soap in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appIt comes as the Prime Minister prepares to chair the Government's Cobra contingencies committee on the coronavirus outbreak on Monday.

Boris Johnson said that the virus "may very well be a challenge" in the coming weeks, adding: "But I have no doubt that with the help of the NHS and its incomparable staff this country will get through it - and beat it."

Should the spread of coronavirus escalate into a pandemic, "broader measures" will be considered to keep the public safe and ensure the NHS can handle the added strain.

Satellite images show pollution levels fall over China

Images released by Nasa show how much pollution levels have dropped by in China Credit: Nasa handout/Rex

S2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appatellite images from Nasa show how much pollution levels have fallen over China in the last month - a drop which the US space agency says is partly related to the coronavirus shut down. 

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe orange and red in the picture on the left show concentrations of nitrogen dioxide - a gas emitted by cars, power plants and industrial facilities - over the country on January 1.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe picture on the right shows very low levels of pollution on February 25 - a month after the city of Wuhan was put into lockdown on January 22. 

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appScientists say there is evidence that the change is at least partly related to the novel coronavirus quarantine, as well as Chinese New Year and an overall economic slowdown. 

How coronavirus could affect the London marathon, Olympics and other sporting fixtures

Olympic organisers say the games will still go ahead in Japan this summer Credit: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

From football to Formula 1, badminton to baseball, events are being cancelled around the world because of the coronavirus. Go the Telegraph sports pages2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app to find the latest news. 

Coronavirus may have been circulating in Washington State for weeks, says experts

Health workers transport a patient from a nursing home in Washington State Credit: David Ryder/Getty Images

A2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围apps many as 1,500 people could have been infected with the coronavirus in Washington State, where a state of emergency has been declared over the outbreak.

A disease modelling expert told the New York Times that similarities between two samples from patients suggest the virus may have been spreading in the state for weeks.

A man has died of the disease in the state, the first death in the US. More than 50 people in a nursing facility are sick and being tested for the virus.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appWashington State had the first confirmed coronavirus case in the United States last month, in a patient from which health officials took a sample on January 19. But another case that surfaced in the region this past week probably descended from it, based on an analysis of the virus’s genetic sequence.

The findings suggest that the virus has been spreading in the community for close to six weeks, according to one of the scientists who compared the sequences, Trevor Bedford, an associate professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington.

If that is true, it could mean that 150 to 1,500 people “have either been infected and recovered or currently are infected now,” said Mike Famulare, a principal research scientist at the Institute for Disease Modeling in Bellevue, Washington, who performed the analysis. Those cases, if they exist, have thus far been undetected.

Pope makes first public appearance after illness

P2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appope Francis today made his first public appearance in four days following what the Vatican has called a "slight indisposition" that forced him to cancel some activities.

The 83-year-old Roman Catholic leader appeared at the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace to address thousands of people in St. Peter's Square for his weekly Sunday noon message and blessing.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appIt was his first public appearance since an Ash Wednesday Mass in Rome, during which he was seen coughing and sneezing.

Amid fears in Italy over an outbreak of coronavirus, spokesman Matteo Bruni dismissed on Friday speculation that the pope was anything more than slightly unwell.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"There is no evidence that would lead to diagnosing anything but a mild indisposition," he said.

Italy is suffering the worst outbreak of coronavirus in Europe, registering more than 1,100 confirmed cases since February 20. At least 29 people have died.

Pope Francis was seen wiping his nose and coughing during an Ash Wednesday service last week Credit: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Hancock should explain to MPs how government intends to deal with outbreak

Labour has demanded that Health Secretary Matt Hancock explain to MPs on Monday how the Government's emergency powers for dealing with a UK coronavirus outbreak would work.

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: "There are growing concerns about our part-time Prime Minister's handling of the coronavirus outbreak and serious questions about capacity in our overstretched NHS.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"The Health Secretary should come to the Commons on Monday to explain fully the emergency powers he is planning to bring in, and to update MPs on the Government's response so that we can properly scrutinise it."

Public has a duty to stop the virus

M2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appr Hancock also told the Andrew Marr show that the public has a role to play in preventing a large-scale outbreak.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThere is an incredibly important duty for government but there is a duty on each and every person to do what is needed.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appTo wash your hands and to make sure if you have a cough and a sneeze you catch it and that you follow public health advice. If you think you’ve got [coronavirus] phone NHS 111 and if you’re asked to self isolate to self isolate properly. This isn’t something the government can do on its own. Everyone has a duty and we're very clear about what that duty is.

Mr Hancock said the government had already taken emergency powers to ensure that people comply with quarantine and that it was considering enacting others, for example relaxing the rules on teacher-children ratios.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThose rules are important but it’s important that if a lot of people are sick those people can look after large numbers of children. They are more enabling powers to help public services to continue to operate properly. If they’re taken they will be temporary and they are essentially about how to deal with a very large scale problem.

Hancock: case numbers from around the world are not "fully accurate"

Mr Hancock was asked whether he trusted the case numbers coming from China and Iran. Official figures show there have been 593 cases of the coronavirus in Iran and 43 deaths - although hospitals sources in Tehran told the BBC that there have been more than 200 fatalities.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appMr Hancock said:

No we don’t think all the figures from around the world are fully accurate but we do think that we have the very best analysis possible in the world - both the scientists here in the UK, who are some of the finest minds on the planet frankly, working on this. And also working with the World Health Organization and with G7 partners who I’m talking to all the time.

Coronavirus: school closures and cancellation of sporting events

Mr Hancock told Andrew Marr that "nothing was off the table" in terms of stopping the virus. He said the government was still focusing on containing the outbreak but when asked if shutting off whole cities, as the Chinese did with Wuhan, was likely he replied:

There’s clearly a huge economic and social downside to that. But we don’t take anything off the table at this stage, because you’ve got to make sure that you have all the tools available, if that is what’s necessary. But I want to minimise the social and economic disruption.

He was then asked about the decision by French authorities to ban indoor gatherings of more than 5,000 people. He said:

We are looking at all those sorts of things. We do not rule them out but there’s also a problem if you make decisions like that too early.

It may be necessary for instance to clsoe some schools but right now people should not be closing schools if there is not a positive case and they don’t have the advice from Public Health England. 

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appMr Hancock was also asked about banning large scale sporting events and concerts. He said:

We're looking at al opions incluidng those. But we will only look at things that epidemiologically or scientifically make sense. So taking the scientific evidence is incredibly important and then you have to take into account the social and economic consequences. 

People said to me a few weeks ago you should ban all the flights from China. And scientists said that would be like creating a Maginot line. People would come round it. It owuldn’t clinically effective - there was only one country in Europe that did ban flights and that was Italy. That’s proved that whwat you have to do is take very seriously the scientific advice.

Hancock promises 5,000 extra critical care beds

I2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appn an interview on the BBC's Andrew Marr show health secretary Matt Hancock said the NHS could provide up to 5,000 extra critical care beds in the event of large numbers of seriously ill patients. He said there were currently 50 vacant beds with ventilators. 

We can ramp that up to 500 and then if necessary up to 5,000 - 5,000 beds that are able to cope with the worst impact of this virus. But if the numbers get enormous it doesn't matter what scale of a peactime NHS you might have,  the pressures on it of course are going to be very significant. We understand that.

However, providing that large a number will be a huge challenge when the NHS currently does not have enough of the specialist doctors and nurses to staff the beds it currently has - as intensive care specialists told the Telegraph. Read our story here

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe graphic below shows how the UK's bed numbers compare to the rest of Europe. 

 

Retired health staff could be asked to return to work

Retired doctors and nurses could be called back into service to help the NHS tackle the coronavirus epidemic, as part of an urgent "battleplan" being drawn up by the government, the Telegraph2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app can reveal.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appMinisters are considering allowing the "emergency registration" of staff who have left the health service, as well as encouraging firms to allow employees to work from home, in order to delay a possible pandemic in Britain if the country is unable to contain the virus.

They are also discussing whether to discourage unnecessary travel as part of a "social distancing" strategy to delay the peak of the outbreak to the summer.

Coronavirus will get worse, says health secretary

T2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围apphe government is planning for the global coronavirus epidemic to get worse, health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday, describing the outbreak as a "very, very significant challenge".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will chair a meeting of the government's emergency response committee on Monday, signalling a stepping up of Britain's preparation for the epidemic which began in China, where authorities estimate it has killed almost 3,000 people worldwide.

"We've got a clear strategy for dealing with coronavirus - a very, very significant challenge," Mr Hancock told Sky News. "We're also planning in case this gets worse, much worse."

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appIf the virus becomes more widespread, the government will look at registering retired health workers to work again, and whether encouraging people to work at home could delay its peak until summer.

Britain currently has 23 confirmed coronavirus cases, and Mr Hancock said on Sunday it was still in a containment phase. The issue will become a standing item for all cabinet meetings and there will be more media briefings from health officials.

Cases in Mexico all linked to Italy

A woman wears a protective mask on a street in Mexico City  Credit: AFP

M2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appexico confirmed its fourth case of the new coronavirus on Saturday - all linked to recent travel to Italy - after a young woman tested positive for infection.

Health authorities said the 20-year-old from northern Coahuila state was carrying the virus without showing symptoms.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appShe had recently traveled to Milan and was now under isolation in her home, according to the state government.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appAnother eight people are being tested for suspected infection, authorities said.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe other three confirmed cases - two men in Mexico City and one man in northern Sinaloa state - are all believed to have visited northern Italy, authorities said Friday.

Japan records sixth fatality

A man in his 70s died on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido on Saturday night after testing positive for COVID-19 local authorities said on Sunday.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe municipal government of Hokkaido said the patient was hospitalised on Jan. 17 for another disease, but started to show flu-like symptoms a few weeks later and tested positive for the coronavirus on Feb. 25.

Public broadcaster NHK and other local media said authorities suspect the man may have caught the virus while in hospital.

The man's death marks the sixth fatality from COVID-19 in Japan, excluding six deaths among those aboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess.

South Korean church members visited Wuhan

South Korean health officials spray disinfectant in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus Credit: AFP

Some members of a church at the centre of South Korea's coronavirus outbreak visited the Chinese city of Wuhan in January, where the disease is believed to have originated, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Sunday.

Most of the South Korean patients were traced to a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southeastern city of Daegu. The church had a presence in Wuhan.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appKwon Jun-wook, a KCDC official, confirmed for the first time that some members of the church visited Wuhan during a briefing. He said it was unclear how many went there and whether the trip played a role in the outbreak.

First death in Thailand

Thailand has recorded its first 2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appcoronavirus death as a 35-year-old man, who also had dengue fever, died from the virus, Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoen, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said in the news conference on Sunday.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThailand has recorded 42 coronavirus cases since January, 30 of those have recovered and gone home and 11 are still being treated in hospitals, according to the department.

Armenia confirms first case

A2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围apprmenia reported its first coronavirus infection on Sunday, in a citizen returning from neighbouring Iran, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in a post on Facebook.

The 29-year-old, who arrived in the former Soviet nation on Friday, went to a doctor because he was not feeling well, the prime minister added.

"He is now in good condition," Pashinyan said, adding that authorities planned to isolate those had been in contact with him.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appArmenia closed its border with Iran for two weeks and suspended air traffic a week ago. Iran is at the epicentre of the outbreak in the Middle East, with several regional nations reporting cases stemming from Iran.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appNeighbouring Georgia and Azerbaijan reported infections this week, with three in each country.

American Airlines suspends Milan flights

A tourist wearing protective mask surrounded by birds stands in Piazza del Duomo in center Milan Credit: AFP

A2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appmerican Airlines said late on Saturday it will suspend all US flights to Milan just hours after the US State Department said it was raising its travel warning for parts of Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak.

American said it will suspend flights to and from Milan, from New York-JFK and Miami through April 24, citing a reduction in demand. On Saturday, the Trump administration raised its travel advisory alert to "Level 4 - Do Not Travel" to Lombardy and Veneto in Italy "due to the level of community transmission of the virus and imposition of local quarantine procedures".

Australia records first death

A2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appustralian health officials reported the first patient death from coronavirus in the country on Sunday.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe 78-year-old died in a hospital in Perth early on Sunday morning, Western Australia's Chief Health Officer Andrew Robertson said. 

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe man had been evacuated from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise liner in Japan.

His 79-year-old wife was also infected with the disease during the cruise and remains in a Perth hospital.

South Korea reports 376 more cases

South Korea confirmed 376 more coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the national total to 3,526 infections, the largest in the world outside China.

Nearly 90 percent of the new cases were in Daegu, the centre of the country's outbreak, and its neighbouring North Gyeongsang province, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.

The national total is expected to rise further as authorities screen more than 260,000 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus.

The streets of Daegu - South Korea's fourth-largest city with a population of 2.5 million - have been largely deserted for days, apart from long queues at the few shops with masks for sale.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appAuthorities have urged the public to exercise caution and anyone with a fever or respiratory symptoms to stay home.

South Korean soldiers move to spray disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19, at Dongdaegu railway station in Daegu Credit: AFP

Staff member at Berkshire infant school test positive

Last night a staff member at Willow Bank Infant School, in Reading, Berkshire, was revealed to have tested positive for the virus.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appIn an email sent to parents on Saturday night they were urged to stay calm and follow recommended hygiene procedures.

The school, in the suburb of Woodley, is to be given a deep clean and will be closed for a few days amid growing fears there will be a wider outbreak.

The email, from head teacher Michelle Masters, states: “We regret to inform you that we were told today that one of our members of staff has tested positive for the Coronavirus, Covid-19.

"The school will be shut for some days to allow for a deep clean and to ensure that the risks of infection remain low.

"We will be in contact to ensure that you are kept updated.

“I am sure you will join with me to wish the affected member of staff all the very best for a speedy recovery.”

Washington in state of emergency

A stretcher is moved from an AMR ambulance to the Life Care Center of Kirkland Credit: AFP

The governor of Washington declared a state of emergency on Saturday after a man died there of COVID-19, the first such reported death in the US. More than 50 people in a nursing facility are sick and being tested for the virus.

Gov. Jay Inslee directed state agencies to use "all resources necessary" to prepare for and respond to the coronavirus outbreak. The declaration also allows the use of the Washington National Guard, if necessary.

The man who died was in his 50s, had underlying health conditions and no history of travel or contact with a known COVID-19 case, health officials in Washington state said at a news conference. A spokesperson for Evergreen Health Medical Center, Kayse Dahl, said the person died in the facility in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland.

Health officials have reported two cases of COVID-19 virus connected to a long-term care facility in the same suburb, Life Care Center of Kirkland. One is a Life Care worker, a woman in her 40s who is in satisfactory condition at a hospital, and the other is a woman in her 70s and a resident at Life Care who is hospitalised in serious condition. Neither had traveled abroad.

"In addition, over 50 individuals associated with Life Care are reportedly ill with respiratory symptoms or hospitalised with pneumonia or other respiratory conditions of unknown cause and are being tested for COVID-19," Seattle and King County officials said.

China reports spike in cases

Mainland China reported 573 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Feb. 29, up from 427 on the previous day, the country's health authority said on Sunday.

The number of deaths stood at 35, down from 47 on the previous day, bringing the total death toll in mainland China to 2,870.

Of the deaths, 34 were in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak. The province also saw 570 of the new cases.