The account of countries hit by the coronavirus grows. Mecca suspends access for pilgrims. Several countries abutting their schools, banal exchanges plunge.
Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis.
– 50 countries hit –
Some 82,560 bodies accept been adulterated common and 2,813 accept died, according to the latest AFP assessment from official sources Thursday at 1700 GMT.
The cardinal of deaths in acreage China — excluding the semi-autonomous territories of Hong Kong and Macao — stands at 2,747, out of 78,497 cases. Over the antecedent 24 hours, 433 new infections accept been recorded there.
In AFP’s latest count, 66 bodies accept died alfresco acreage China back the alpha of the epidemic, out of 4,063 bodies infected, with 863 new cases
But the accident amount in China slowed, with 29 new deaths on Thursday, the aboriginal cardinal for about a month.
The coronavirus has appeared in nine new countries — Brazil, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Norway, Northern Macedonia, Pakistan and Romania — bringing the cardinal of countries and territories hit to about 50.
South Korea has appear 1,766 infections — by far the better alfresco China — and 13 deaths.
The cardinal of infections in Italy, the hardest hit country in Europe, hits 528, with 14 deaths.
Iran announces a absolute of 26 deaths and added than 245 infections.
– Pilgrimages, war amateur abeyant –
Saudi Arabia briefly suspends visas for visits to Islam’s holiest sites for the “umrah” pilgrimage, an aberrant move triggered by coronavirus fears.
Iranian authorities for their allotment advertise calm biking restrictions for bodies with accepted or doubtable cases of the atypical coronavirus.
Israel refuses access to its area for dozens of adopted travellers accession from Italy.
The US and South Korean militaries advertise they are apathetic appointed joint exercises.
Greece cancels its carnival anniversary planned for the weekend.
– Schools bankrupt –
Japan closes schools for several weeks from Monday, while North Korea, which has recorded no infections, puts off the acknowledgment to school.
The Iraqi authorities abutting schools and universities, cinemas and cafes until March 7.
– Markets, action disrupted –
In the bread-and-butter sector, banal markets about the apple and oil prices abide to plunge, amidst the billow in coronavirus infections.
French carrier Air France says it will booty cost-cutting measures and benumb hiring.
The aerial skiing Apple Cup Finals appointed for abutting ages in Italy will booty abode after any admirers on the slopes.