March 6, 2020 / 9:16 PM / in 22 days

Factbox: Latest on the spread of coronavirus around the world

(Reuters) - The number of people infected with coronavirus approached 102,000 across the world as the outbreak reached more countries and caused more economic damage.

FILE PHOTO: Raymond Determann (L), a King County Metro equipment service worker, wears a backpack that sprays a Virex solution to sanitize buses against the coronavirus in Seattle, Washington, U.S. March 5, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

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DEATHS/INFECTIONS

**Globally, there have been just under 102,000 cases and more than 3,480 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.

**Mainland China, where the outbreak began, has seen at least 3,070 deaths, but the epidemic is now spreading faster elsewhere.

ASIA

**South Korea’s coronavirus cases jumped above 7,000 on Saturday, up by 448 from the previous day, with more than half of the total number linked to a secretive church.

**About a quarter of China’s new confirmed cases and almost all of those outside the epicenter in Wuhan originated outside the country on Friday, according to official data.

**The first Cambodian has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

**China’s central province of Hubei, excluding its capital Wuhan, reported no new cases over 24 hours for the first time during the outbreak, heath chiefs said on Friday.

**Singapore, praised by the World Health Organization for its efforts to prevent the virus from spreading, warned on Friday that deaths would become “inevitable” as a global pandemic emerges.

**Vietnam on Friday reported its first new coronavirus case in three weeks but the risk of infections spreading remains very high, Hanoi city chairman Nguyen Duc Chung said.

**Japan’s prime minister on Thursday ordered a two-week quarantine for all visitors from China and South Korea, and his government signaled the Olympics would go ahead as planned.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

**An Iranian lawmaker died of the disease on Friday, the most high-profile casualty in a country where the number of infections surged by more than 1,000 in the past 24 hours.

**Fifteen Americans have been quarantined in a hotel in Bethlehem as part of precautions against the coronavirus, a Palestinian government spokesman said on Saturday.

**Cameroon and Togo confirmed their first cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa reporting infections to five.

EUROPE

**Malta reported its first case on Saturday - a 12-year-old Italian girl who lives on the island.

**A son of a top medical official in Georgia said on Saturday he had contracted the new coronavirus after being in contact with people who traveled to Italy.

**The number of coronavirus patients in Germany jumped by 45 overnight to stand at 684 on Saturday morning.

**The death toll from the virus in Italy has risen by 49 to 197 on Friday, the largest daily increase in fatalities since the contagion was uncovered two weeks ago.

**On the Spanish island of Tenerife, busloads of guests left a hotel where they had been locked down since Feb. 25.

**Slovakia and Serbia confirmed their first cases on Friday and the Netherlands reported its first death.

**More than 60 staff at an Irish hospital were asked to self-isolate on Friday after the country’s first community transmission was found there.

**Polish police limited drink-driving tests fearing this could speed transmission.

AMERICAS

**Fifteen Americans have been quarantined in a hotel in Bethlehem as part of precautions against the coronavirus, a Palestinian government spokesman said on Saturday.

**The death toll in the United States rose to 14 on Friday after the outbreak surfaced in at least four new states and San Francisco the day before.

**Among the 2,400 passengers stranded off the California coast on a cruise ship carrying at least 21 infected people, few are likely have more to lose than Kari Kolstoe, a retiree from North Dakota with stage-4 cancer.

**Two federal health screeners at Los Angeles International Airport have tested positive for the coronavirus.

**Colombia confirmed its first case of coronavirus on Friday

AUSTRALIA

**Australia ordered its first school closure on Friday after a 16-year-old pupil tested positive, as the country’s prime minister warned the public bill for treating infected patients could top A$1 billion ($661 million).

ECONOMIC FALLOUT

**China’s exports contracted sharply in the first two months of the year, and imports slowed, as the health crisis triggered by the coronavirus outbreak caused massive disruptions to business operations, global supply chains and economic activity.

**U.S. officials are wrestling with what to do in the worst-case economic scenarios, if large numbers of people can’t go to work, are told to stay home, or stop going out in public entirely.

**More than 50 staff at Societe Generale’s London office were working from home on Friday, while Bank of America Corp is splitting its trading force and sending 100 New York-based staff to nearby Stamford, Connecticut, from Monday as a precaution against spread of the coronavirus.

**G20 finance ministers and central bank governors on Friday pledged to take “appropriate” fiscal and monetary measures.

**The U.S. telehealth industry, including market leader Teladoc Health Inc, is preparing for a surge in demand.

**The Asian Development Bank said the outbreak could slash global economic output by 0.1-0.4%, with financial losses forecast to reach between $77 billion and $347 billion.

**Malaysia’s Malindo Air has ordered its staff to take up to a 50% pay cut and two weeks unpaid leave as the coronavirus epidemic hurts air travel demand and the broader industry.

**The outbreak likely halved China’s economic growth in the current quarter compared with the previous three months, a Reuters poll found.

**The cost of insuring exposure to sovereign as well as corporate debt rose almost across the board on Friday as the spread of coronavirus raised the prospect of debt distress and government bailouts.

**Global recession risks have risen due to coronavirus, credit rating agency Moody’s said on Friday.

MARKETS

**Bargain-hunting investors are eyeing the shares of airlines, hotels, cruise lines and other companies that have been among the worst-hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

**Yields on U.S. Treasuries plunged to historic lows on Friday as fear the coronavirus outbreak will slam the global economy drove investors to snap up risk-adverse assets and dump equities, overshadowing data highlighting a strong U.S. labor market.

EVENT CANCELED AND POSTPONED

**The South by Southwest music, technology and film festival in Austin, Texas, scheduled for March 13 to 22, was canceled on Friday.

**The World Economic Forum has postponed a Latin America conference set to be held in Brazil at the end of April as a precautionary measure.

**The oil and gas industry is cancelling key networking events and academic and technical meetings, shifting some to virtual conferences.

**The Barcelona marathon scheduled for March 15 has been postponed until October.

**The Alpine skiing World Cup finals in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, scheduled for March 18-22, have been canceled.

**More luxury brands have postponed fashion shows worldwide.

**Russia has canceled its flagship annual St Petersburg International Economic Forum this year.

**Formula E postponed Rome’s ePrix race expected on April 4.

Compiled by Milla Nissi, Sarah Morland, Uttaresh.V, Sriraj Kalluvila, Shailesh Kuber and Andrew Heavens

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