Coronavirus live updates: Italy locks down a quarter of its population

By | March 8, 2020

Two tourists from Argentina wearing respiratory masks walk while holding a tourist map in Piazza Duomo in Milan, on March 5. 2020.


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  • Global cases: At least 103,168, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization
  • Global deaths: At least 3,507, according to the latest figures from the WHO

All times below are in Beijing time.

11:45 am: Italy locks down a quarter of its population

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced early Sunday that the entire region of Lombardy and a number of provinces in other regions were put under lockdown as the coronavirus continued to spread throughout the country.

The new measures will apply to about a quarter of the Italian population and will be in force at least until April 3.

In the middle of the night, Conte signed a decree that imposes new restrictions to the movement of people in the region of Lombardy and in a number of northern provinces. The entry and exit to and from these areas will be allowed only in exceptional cases.

Italy on Saturday saw its biggest daily jump — by 1,247 in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 5,883. Another 36 people also died as a result of the virus, taking the total to 233. — AP

11:30 am: Argentina reports first death

A patient infected by the coronavirus in Argentina died on Saturday, in the first such death in Latin America, according to Reuters, citing Argentina’s health ministry. 

Other countries in South America such as Paraguay, Colombia, Chile and Peru have confirmed their first cases of coronavirus in the past week, the report said. — Tan

10:45 am: 50 rescued after hotel in China collapses

As of Sunday morning, 50 people have been rescued after a hotel in China’s Fujian province collapsed on Saturday evening, according to Chinese state media.

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The hotel in the southeast Chinese port city of Quanzhou was used to quarantine people who had recent contact with coronavirus patients. Around 70 people were trapped in the rubble after it collapsed.

There were two deaths so far, according to local media reports in Fujian.

Rescue workers are seen on the site where a hotel being used for the novel coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the southeast Chinese port city of Quanzhou, Fujian province, China March 7, 2020.

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As of Friday, the province had 296 cases of coronavirus and 10,819 people were placed under observation after being classified as suspected close contacts, according to a Reuters report, citing the Fujian provincial government. — Lilian Wu, Tan

10:30 am: South Korea reports jump of 367 cases

South Korea reported 367 new cases as of Sunday morning, bringing its total to 7,134 cases.

It had six more fatalities to a total death toll of 50, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The country, facing a shortage of masks, will put in place a mask purchase limit for each person from Monday, according to a Reuters report.

On Sunday, South Korea’s Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said, according to Reuters: “Even if you feel inconvenient, I ask you to show a mature sense of civil awareness, based on concessions, consideration and cooperation so that people who really need face masks can buy them.” — Tan

10:05 am: US Marine tests positive

A U.S. Marine in Virginia has tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to the Pentagon.

Pentagon spokesman Jonathon Hoffman said in a tweet that the Marine recently returned from official travel overseas.

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Fort Belvoir is a major base in Fairfax County, Virginia.

A soldier based in South Korea was also infected late last month — the first American service member to test positive for the virus. — Tan

(This entry has been updated with details of where the Marine is assigned to.)

9:40 am: China reports 44 new cases, 27 more deaths

China National Health Commission reported 44 new confirmed cases, and 27 more deaths, as of March 7.

Of the new cases, 41 were in Wuhan in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak. All the 27 additional deaths were in Hubei.

That brought China’s total to 80,695 cases, and 3,097 deaths. — Tan

All times below are in Eastern time.

6:52 pm: US cases top 400 as states declare emergencies

Authorities in the United States have reported 434 cases of the coronavirus and 19 deaths, according to data compiled by NBC News. Several states have declared emergencies in response to the virus, including California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Utah and Washington. Pennsylvania has issued a disaster declaration and the city of Austin, Texas has issued a local disaster declaration. – Kimball

6:33 pm: New York confirms more than a dozen new cases

New York has identified 13 additional cases of the conronavirus, according to the governor’s office, bringing the statewide total to 89. The new cases are all located in Westchester County.  

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency earlier in the day in an effort to contain the fast spreading virus. An emergency declaration will allow the state to buy supplies and hire workers more quickly and easily to help the health departments monitoring patients under self-quarantine, Cuomo said during a press conference. – Kimball, Newburger

6:18 pm: First presumptive case in DC

Washington, D.C.’s public health lab has identified the first presumptive case of coronavirus in the nation’s capital, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced in a post on Twitter. – Kimball

Read CNBC’s coverage from the U.S. overnight: US coronavirus cases top 400 as growing number of states declare emergencies

— CNBC’s Spencer Kimball, Emma Newburger, and Associated Press, contributed to this report.

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