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COVID-19 death toll in Italy reach at least 133 in the past 24 hours

Qatar bans arrivals from 14 countries

US state of Oregon declares two months state of emergency

France reports three new deaths, toll hits 19


COVID-19  death toll in Italy has jumped by at least 133 in the past 24 hours, bringing its total to 366 as the European Nation imposed a quarantine in Lombardy and other severely affected areas, affecting some 16 million people as it stepped up efforts to tackle the largest outbreak in the region.

Italy is struggling to contain the virus's spread which has infected at least 1,247 people in the last 24 hours - a 25 percent surge. As of Sunday, Italy confirmed 7,375 infections.

Meanwhile, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, authorities locked down the eastern Qatif region in a bid to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus.

Riyadh authority also said it was suspending all public and private schools and universities across the country from Monday until further notice.

Also on Sunday, Iran reported 49 new coronavirus fatalities over the past 24 hours, bringing its death toll to 194.

Qatar has temporarily barred travellers from 14 countries starting March 9 as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, the government announced on Sunday.

The ban covers China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand.

Qatar Airways had already suspended flights to and from Italy as Qatar reported three more cases of the virus on Sunday, bringing the total there to 15.

In America, US state of Oregon declares two months state of emergency as a measure to curb the spread of the cornavirus

On Sunday, Oregon declared a 60-day state of emergency as coronavirus cases in the state doubled to 14. "We will do everything in our power to keep Oregonians safe," Kate Brown, Oregon governor, said at a news conference.

Meanwhile, France reported three new coronavirus deaths on Sunday, taking the country's death toll from the outbreak to 19. As of Sunday, the total number of confirmed cases stood at 1,126, according to health officials. 

France has also banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people over virus fears.


Virus death toll hits two in Switzerland

Switzerland has recorded two death toll from the coronavirus. Swiss health officials reporting a patient infected with coronavirus has died, bringing the national death toll to two.

The patient died in hospital in Liestal, officials say.

As of Sunday, the number of confirmed infected cases in the country stands at 281.

The number of people diagnosed with the new coronavirus now exceeds 106,000 worldwide with several new countries reporting their first cases. Nearly 3,600 people have died.

Currently, the largest number of coronavirus infections outside China has been registered in South Korea, Iran and Italy.

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