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The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Italy has jumped by at least 133 in the past 24 hours, bringing its total to 366.

Italy imposed a quarantine in Lombardy and other severely affected areas, impacting some 16 million people as it stepped up efforts to tackle Europe’s largest outbreak.

The move came as the struggles to contain the virus’s spread, with 1,247 new cases detected in the last 24 hours – a 25 percent surge. As of Sunday, Italy confirmed 7,375 infections.

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

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.

In Doha, taking over from Ramy Allahoum, this is Hamza Mohamed.

Here are the latest updates:

Sunday, March 8

20:30 – GMT – Qatar bans arrivals from 14 countries

Qatar has temporarily barred travellers from 14 countries from March 9 as a precaution against the spreading 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.

Qatar reported three more cases of the virus on Sunday, bringing the total there to 15.

18:25 GMT – US state of Oregon declares state of emergency

Oregon declared a 60-day state of emergency on Sunday 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.

18:00 GMT – France reports three new deaths, toll hits 19

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.

17:30 GMT – Italy: Coronavirus death toll in Lombardy region jumps to 366

The death toll from coronavirus outbreak in northern Italian region of Lombardy has risen to 366 from 154 in the past 24 hours, according to local official.

Lombardy has borne the brunt of a nationwide contagion. The latest national death toll figures are due to be released later in the day.

As of Saturday, Italy has confirmed more than 5,880, according to WHO.


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