Iran has reported 49 new coronavirus fatalities over the past 24 hours, bringing its death toll to 194 people.
The announcement on Sunday came hours after Italy declared an unprecedented quarantine on its northern region of Lombardy and other severely affected areas, impacting some 16 million people, as it steps up efforts to tackle Europe’s largest outbreak of coronavirus.
The move came as Italy struggles to contain the virus’s spread, with 1,247 new cases detected in the last 24 hours. Another 36 people also died as a result of the virus, taking the total to 233.
In other recent developments, the number of people diagnosed with the new coronavirus now exceeds 100,000 worldwide, with several new countries reporting their first cases.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called the spread of the virus “deeply concerning”.
Sunday, March 8
12:10 GMT – Moscow threatens prison for those who fail to self-isolate
Moscow city authorities threatened prison terms of up to five years on Sunday for people failing to self-isolate in their homes for two weeks after visiting countries hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak.
The city government had announced a “high alert regime” and imposed extra measures on Thursday to prevent a spread of the illness in the Russian capital.
Those who return from China, South Korea, Iran, France, Germany, Italy and Spain and other states showing possible “unfavourable” signs of coronavirus should self-isolate themselves at home for 14 days, Moscow city hall has said.
12:00 GMT – Hong Kong records third coronavirus death
Honk Kong’s Hospital Authority said a 76-year-old woman passed away after falling ill from coronavirus, becoming the third person to die from the infection in the semi-autonomous territory.
The patient had developed fever, shortness of breath, cough and abdominal pain on February 28 and was admitted to hospital the same day.
Four more cases were registered on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections to 114.