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China reports 573 new COVID-19 cases: Live updates

Thailand has become the latest country to report its first death from coronavirus as the outbreak continues to spread around the world with more than 86,000 people infected. On Saturday, several European countries announced new cases. Iran revealed another jump in infections, and Qatar became the latest Middle Eastern country to report its first case.…

China reports 573 new COVID-19 cases: Live updates

Thailand has become the latest country to report its first death from coronavirus as the outbreak continues to spread around the world with more than 86,000 people infected.
On Saturday, several European countries announced new cases. Iran revealed another jump in infections, and Qatar became the latest Middle Eastern country to report its first case.
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South Korea, which is grappling with the largest outbreak of the virus outside China, has urged citizens to stay indoors, warning of a “critical moment” in the spread of the infection.
This is Hamza Mohamed in Doha taking over from Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.

Here are the latest updates: 
Sunday, March 1
10:05 GMT – Coronavirus fears hits Gulf stock markets
Fears overs the impact of the coronavirus outbreak has hit the stock markets in the oil-rich Gulf countries.
All of the seven exchanges in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which were closed Friday and Saturday for the Muslim weekend, were hit as oil prices dropped below $50 a barrel.
So far, Gulf states have reported at least 115 cases.
09:50 GMT – China pollution declines as virus shuts down factories
Pollution levels over China have declined significantly, US space Agency NASA says, partly due to the economic slowdown following the coronavirus outbreak.

 [Photo credit: NASA] 

Satellite images shared by NASA show falling levels of nitrogen dioxide. The gas is emitted by motor vehicles, power plants and industrial facilities.
08:30 GMT – South Korea reports 210 new cases
In South Korea, authorities have reported 210 new cases on Sunday afternoon.
Earlier on Sunday, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 376 cases and one death linked to the virus.
The country’s total infection stands at 3,736.
Meanwhile, a 45-day-old baby has become the youngest person to be infected with the virus, The Korea Times reported on Sunday.
The baby boy tested positive for coronavirus after his parents had contracted the virus, the report added.
Baby and mother, both in self-quarantine, are in good condition according to officials.
07:15 GMT – Pakistan to shut its border with Afghanistan
Pakistan said it will close its border with Afghanistan from tomorrow “to prevent the spread of coronavirus”.
The Chaman border crossing will remain shut for seven days, Islamabad said in a statement.
“During the period, necessary measures will be taken to safeguard the health of the people of both countries,” the statement said.
Afghanistan has reported one case of the virus, while Pakistan has confirmed four, according to the WHO.
06:30 GMT – Hong Kong dog tests positive for coronavirus
A dog has been quarantined in Hong Kong after it tested “weak positive” for coronavirus, officials said.
Authorities said the dog belongs to a coronavirus patient. To the relief of animal lovers, authorities said there is no evidence yet the virus can be transmitted to man’s best friend.
04:50 GMT – South Korea closes churches to limit virus spread
Churches were closed in South Korea on Sunday, many holding services online instead, according to Reuters.
In the capital, Seoul, about a dozen worshippers were turned away from the Yoido Full Gospel Church, which put a sermon for its 560,000 followers on YouTube, filmed with a small choir instead of the usual 200 members and 60-strong orchestra.
“I had heard there would be no service, but just came to check as I live nearby, but yes, it is so empty,” said one of them, Song Young-koo, as he left South Korea’s biggest church.
“It’s a wise decision to do it online, since the virus would easily spread at mass gatherings and churches can be no exception.”
For the first time in its 236-year history, South Korea’s Catholic church decided to halt masses at more than 1,700 locations nationwide. Buddhist temples have also called off events.

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