Latest on the spread of coronavirus around the world
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 global death toll exceeded 3,000, with the virus spreading to more than 60 countries. The virus broke out in Wuhan late last year and has since infected more than 89,000 people, mostly in China, according to a Reuters tally.
Outside China, there are now more than 8,700 infected and over 125 deaths.
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.(Photo:Reuters)
Morocco, Andorra, Armenia, Czech Republic, Iceland and Indonesia 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 600, taking total infections to 4,812, while total fatalities rose to 34.(Photo:Reuters)
6 Dead in Seattle
Six people in the Seattle area have died of illness caused by the virus, prompting health officials to plan new containment measures, ranging from possible school closings to temporary quarantine housing for mildly ill homeless patients.
Florida on Monday confirmed that two presumptive coronavirus cases were positive. One patient had recently travelled to Italy, while the other had no relevant travel history.
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. - Germany on Monday confirmed at least 28 new cases, bringing the number of infections to 157 from 129 on Sunday.(Photo:Reuters)
Death toll in Italy
The death toll in Italy jumped to 52 on Monday from 34 the day before and the total number of confirmed cases in Europe`s worst affected country climbed past the 2,000 mark.
Spain`s confirmed cases rose to around 120 on Monday from 81 the day before, a health official said.
Major concerts and events in the United Arab Emirates have been cancelled or postponed.
Britain is not planning to cancel mass gatherings or large sports events over the concerns about coronavirus, health minister Matt Hancock said on Tuesday.(Photo:Reuters)