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FACTBOX: Latest on the spread of coronavirus around the world

Reuters , Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 Mar 2020
A woman has her temperature checked and her hands disinfected in Iran
A woman has her temperature checked and her hands disinfected as she enters the Palladium Shopping Center, in northern Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Iran's supreme leader put the Islamic Republic's armed forces on alert Tuesday to assist health officials in combating the outbreak of the new coronavirus, the deadliest outside of China (Photo:AP)
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The new coronavirus appears to now be spreading much more rapidly outside China than within, and airports in hard-hit countries were ramping up screening of travellers.

* The number of novel coronavirus cases in the world rose to 92,722, including 3,155 deaths, across 77 countries and territories on Tuesday, according to a report compiled by AFP from official sources

* Outside China, a total of 12,571 cases have been recorded around the world since the epidemic began, including 212 deaths..* Mainland China reported 125 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 80,151. The death toll reached 2,943 as of end-Monday, up by 31 from the previous day.

* Chinese authorities asked overseas Chinese to reconsider or minimise their travel plans as imported virus cases rise. Guangdong province and Shanghai said they would require travellers from virus-hit countries to be quarantined for two weeks.

* Japan has also recorded more than 700 cases aboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess moored off Yokohama.

* Morocco, Andorra, Armenia, Czech Republic, Iceland, Indonesia and Ukraine confirmed their first cases.

* South Korea's president declared war on the coronavirus on Tuesday, ordering additional hospital beds and more face masks to be made available as the number of cases rose by 974, taking total infections to 5,186, while total fatalities rose to 34.

* Australia will use a little-known biosecurity law to restrict the movements of people suspected of having the virus, its attorney-general said on Tuesday, as the country's confirmed cases increased to 38.

* The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday confirmed 17 new cases of the coronavirus and 9 more deaths due to the outbreak, bringing the total number of cases to 108, including among repatriated citizens.

* US President Donald Trump said his administration may cut off travel from the United States to areas with high rates of coronavirus, but said officials were not weighing any restrictions on domestic travel.

* Pakistan reported a new coronavirus case, bringing the total to five in the south Asian nation since last week, while neighbour India on Monday reported three more cases, including an Italian national.

* Algeria has confirmed three new cases of coronavirus, bringing to eight the total number of people tested positive for the virus, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

* Germany's confirmed cases rose to 188 on Tuesday from 157 on Monday afternoon, the Robert Koch Institute said.

* Iran one of the worst-hit nations, reported infections rising to 2,336, with 77 deaths, including a senior official and put its armed forces on alert to assist health officials

* Saudi Arabia restricted entry for Gulf citizens and residents on Tuesday, state news agency SPA reported.

* Kuwait's civil aviation authority said on Tuesday passengers from 10 countries including India, Turkey and Egypt must produce certificates saying they are coronavirus free.

* Italian health authorities said they may set up a new quarantine red zone to try to contain the country's coronavirus outbreak after 27 people died over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of dead to 79 and the total number of cases in Europe's worst-hit country cases jumped to 2,502.

* French health authorities reported a fourth death on Tuesday, and Health Minister Olivier Veran told parliament that France now has 204 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection.

* Spain's confirmed cases rose to around 150 on Tuesday from around 120 the day before, a man in the Spanish region of Valencia died, marking the country's first death from the outbreak, a local health official said on Tuesday

* The number of confirmed cases in Sweden has risen to 24, from 15 on Monday.

* Britain, which has 51 confirmed cases, unveiled a plan on Tuesday that includes possible school closures, home working and cancelling large-scale gatherings.

* Argentina Health Minister Gines Gonzalez Garcia confirmed the South American country's first case of the fast-spreading new coronavirus. The patient, a 43-year-old man, arrived in Argentina on March 1 after a two-week trip that included northern Italy.

* Senegal's health ministry said a second person who flew to the West African country from France last week tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in sub-Saharan Africa to three.

* The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, citing growing concerns about the fast-spreading coronavirus, on Tuesday said they will adopt a "virtual format" for their Spring Meetings instead of convening in person in Washington. The institutions' Spring Meetings, scheduled this year for April 17-19, usually bring some 10,000 government officials, business people, civil society representatives and journalists from across the globe 

* United Arab Emirates announced on that schools and higher educational institutions will be closed for four weeks starting on Sunday to avoid the spreading of coronavirus, also major concerts and events in have been cancelled or postponed.

* Qatar's defence exhibition has been cancelled.

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