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Coronavirus cases surpass 100,000 globally: Live updates

The number of cases from the new coronavirus has topped 100,000 worldwide as official Chinese data showed a significant hit to the country’s exports after the outbreak caused massive disruptions to business operations and economic activity. The World Health Organization (WHO) called the spread of the virus “deeply concerning” as a wave of countries reported…

Coronavirus cases surpass 100,000 globally: Live updates

The number of cases from the new coronavirus has topped 100,000 worldwide as official Chinese data showed a significant hit to the country’s exports after the outbreak caused massive disruptions to business operations and economic activity.
The World Health Organization (WHO) called the spread of the virus “deeply concerning” as a wave of countries reported on Saturday their first cases of the COVID-19 disease, which has now killed nearly 3,500 people and infected more than 100,000 across 92 nations and territories.
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In South Korea, authorities reported hundreds of new cases of infections on Saturday, bringing the total above 7,000, while the United States was battling to contain an outbreak on the Grand Princess cruise ship where 21 people have tested positive for the virus. 

Here are all the latest updates.

According to the Princess Cruises, the Grand Princess vessel, which is stranded off the coast of California, can hold up to 2,600 passengers and 1,150 crew members [California National Guard via AP]

Saturday, March 7
15:46 GMT – Number of coronavirus cases in Germany jumps to 684
The number of coronavirus patients in Germany jumped to 684, with concern growing at the economic impact of the spreading epidemic on one of the world’s most trade-dependent economies.
The number of patients recorded by the Robert Koch Institute had risen by 45, with large clusters in the west and south, where one initial outbreak centred on a car supplier with a unit in Wuhan, where the infection was first detected.
The total is more than 10 times larger than it was a week ago. There were 66 cases in February 29.
15:30 GMT – Scores trapped as hotel used for quarantine collapses in China
Approximately 70 people were trapped in a collapsed hotel in the city of Quanzhou, in southeastern Fujian province, the city government said on its website.
The collapsed hotel is used for coronavirus quarantine, according to the official People’s Daily.  Twenty-three people were rescued, the city government said.
GMT 14:34 – Number of UK coronavirus  cases rises to 206
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom has risen to 206, a rise of 43, British health officials said.
So far in Britain, two patients who had confirmed positive for the virus have died, the health ministry and the Public Health England agency said.

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UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) testing in the UK:As of 7am 7 March 2020, a total of 21,460 people have been tested:21,254 negative.206 positive.Two patients who tested positive for coronavirus have sadly died.For latest information:➡️ https://t.co/e1hwL62CDI pic.twitter.com/PXZwab39uR
— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) March 7, 2020

12:45 GMT – Pope to deliver Sunday prayer by livestream 
Pope Francis has cancelled his main public appearances to avoid crowds gathering to see him and will stream them on the internet from inside the Vatican because of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.
The Vatican said the pope would not address crowds from a window overlooking St Peter’s Square and would not hold his general audience there either on Wednesday.

They will be held without general public participation from inside the Vatican.
The 83-year-old pope cancelled a Lent retreat for the first time in his papacy, but the Vatican has said he is suffering only from a cold that is “without symptoms related to other pathologies”.
12:30 GMT – ‘I ain’t playing’ with no fans: NBA player 
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James said he will not take to the court if the NBA bars fans from attending games to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
American media reported that the NBA had sent a memo to teams detailing the need for contingency plans in case it becomes necessary to play games with only essential staff present.
“Play games without the fans? No, that’s impossible. I ain’t playing,” James told reporters after the Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-103 on Friday to clinch a playoff berth.
“That’s who I play for. I play for my team-mates, I play for the fans, that’s what it’s all about. If I show up to an arena and there are no fans in there, I ain’t playing. They can do what they want to do,” added the 35-year-old James, who is widely regarded as one of the best basketball players of all time.
12:15 GMT – Leader of Italy’s co-ruling Democratic Party tests positive 
Nicola Zingaretti, the leader of Italy’s co-ruling Democratic Party, is the latest person to have tested positive for coronavirus in Europe’s hardest-hit country.
“I have coronavirus too,” Zingaretti said in a video posted on Facebook, adding he was in self-isolation at home.
The 54-year-old said he was well, adding that all the people he had been interacting with in recent days were being contacted for tests.
“No panic,” the leftish leader added. “I’ll give the good example following doctors’ instruction by working from home. I’m fighting for each of us and for the whole country,” he said.
With 4,636 registered cases, Italy is behind only China, South Korea and Iran in terms of the number of infected people.

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