France has banned all public gatherings with more than 5, people in a confined space, as the number of coronavirus cases there rises and the list of countries hit by the illness climbs.
Sporting events and music concerts could be affected as France raised the number of confirmed cases to .
Five Serie A football games, which were going to be played without fans, have been postponed in Italy, which is struggling to contain a rapid spread in cases.
Officials have now confirmed the death toll from the virus has risen to with more than 1, 007 others are infected.
In Australia authorities said a – year-old died of COVID – in a hospital in Perth, and in the US state of Washington health officials said a man in his late s succumbed to the virus – the first such deaths in both countries.
As fears grow of an escalation in the number of US cases, the country is using a federal defense law to boost the production of gloves, masks and gowns.
And President Donald Trump has announced an extension of travel restrictions banning foreign nationals from entering the US from Iran and warning against going to badly affected areas of Italy and South Korea.
Mr Trump also said officials were discussing bringing in travel restrictions across the southern border of the US.
In the German city of Bonn a primary school teaching assistant has reportedly tested positive for the virus , forcing around children to be quarantined at home.
About 3, it was shown symptoms such as fever, said the vice health minister.
Some local officials want to press charges against the church and claimed it had refused to give a full list of its members.
The group has denied the claim and has complained of “slander and oppression”.
As South Korea battles to contain the outbreak, China – where the virus began – has reported another drop in new cases.
On Saturday it reported (new cases and
The number of patients being discharged is now far more than those being admitted and Wuhan now has more than 5, 008 spare beds.
More than 2, People have died from the outbreak in China, with about , infected.
But as more cases are identified outside Asia – including countries such as Nigeria, Ecuador, New Zealand and the Netherlands recording their first cases – the World Health Organization (WHO) has raised the global risk level for COVID – 28 to the highest possible level.
Pubs and restaurants could stay closed until July after Government chiefs chose to extend the lockdown powers given to councils.The specially-created powers, which give local authorities in England the ability to close venues and tape-off public areas due to coronavirus, were due to expire next week.But in a blow to million of Britons hoping for a…