March 2, 2020 / 7:43 PM / a month ago

Factbox - Latest on the spread of coronavirus around the world

(Reuters) - Coronavirus is now spreading much more rapidly outside China than within the country, leading the world into uncharted territory, but the outbreak can still be contained, the World Health Organization said.

A woman wearing protective mask walks at a sidewalk in Jakarta, Indonesia March 2, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

- As of Monday, there have been over 89,000 cases of the virus globally, the majority in China, according to a Reuters tally. Outside of China, it has spread to 66 countries, with more than 8,800 cases and 130 deaths. Globally, the illness has killed over 3,000 people.

- Chinese city of Wuhan closed the first of 16 specially built hospitals after it discharged its last recovered patients, as Hubei province reported 196 new cases on Sunday, sharply down from 570 cases a day earlier.

- In total, mainland China had 202 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Sunday, the National Health Commission said on Monday.

- The death toll from the outbreak in mainland China reached 2,912 as of the end of Sunday, up by 42 from the previous day.

- 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.

- Germany on Monday confirmed at least 28 new coronavirus cases, bringing the number of infections in Europe’s most populous country to 157 from 129 on Sunday, the Robert Koch Institute for disease control said, adding the risk was now “moderate”.

- Andorra, Armenia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Iceland and Indonesia confirmed their first cases.

- South Korea postponed the start of all schools by two weeks as 599 new cases were reported on Monday, taking the national tally to 4,335 while the death toll rose to 26.

- South Korea sought murder charges on Monday against leaders of Shincheonji Church, to which most of South Korea’s cases have been traced.

- All members of Lombardy’s local government will undergo tests after a councillor tested positive, authorities said on Monday.

- Washington state on Sunday confirmed the country’s second coronavirus death, where the number of infections has gone past 75. New York’s governor confirmed state’s first case and Florida declared a public health emergency as it confirmed its first two cases.

- Iran’s death toll reached 54 on Sunday, the highest number outside of China, with the number of those infected rising to 978. Britain, Germany and France have offered a 5 million-euro ($5.6 million) support package for Tehran.

- Lebanon said three more people had tested positive after arriving from Iran, bringing the total in the country to 10. Iraq and Bahrain reported six new cases each, bringing the total tally to 19 and 47 respectively.

- Five more cases were confirmed in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Monday, taking the island’s total tally to 77, days after it declared a state of emergency. Japan also raised its infectious disease advisory levels for parts of South Korea and Italy.

- Sweden’s health agency head raised its risk level to “moderate” on Monday, according to TT news agency.

- Ecuador confirmed five cases in patients who all had direct contact with an elderly woman who brought the virus to the Andean country from Spain.

- Spain’s confirmed cases rose to around 120 on Monday from 81 the day before, a health official said.

- Nigerian stocks fell as authorities contacted around 100 people who may have been exposed to an Italian man who is the country’s first coronavirus patient.

- Australia, after confirming its first coronavirus death a day before, warned on Monday it was no longer possible to completely prevent people with the coronavirus from entering the country.

- Kazakhstan will bar Iranian nationals from entering the country and Armenia extended the closure of its border with Iran. Vietnam will temporarily suspend visa-free travel for Italians from Tuesday.

- Angola will prohibit the entry of citizens from China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Nigeria, Egypt and Algeria, if they travel directly from those countries.

- Tajikistan shut its borders to nationals of 35 countries, said industry sources on Monday.

- A conference on the world economy due to take place in Italy later this month with Pope Francis taking part has been postponed until November, organizers said on Sunday.

- G7 finance ministers will discuss by phone this week how to best to limit the impact of the outbreak on economic growth, French Finance Minister Le Maire said on Monday.

- China’s factories were dealt the sharpest contraction in activity on record, a private survey showed on Monday.

- World stocks markets regained a measure of calm on Monday as hopes for a raft of global interest rate cuts to soften the economic blow of the coronavirus steadied nerves and drove U.S. Treasury yields close to 1%.

Compiled by Milla Nissi, Sarah Morland and Shailesh Kuber

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