Italy coronavirus toll soars as north sealed off: Live updates | Travel Wire News

The coronavirus outbreaks in China and South Korea appear to be slowing, as countries elsewhere in the world countries adopt drastic measures to try and stamp out the infection.

In Italy, where some 16 million people in Lombardy and other parts of the north are now subject to quarantine, there were some 133 deaths on Sunday, bringing the total to 366. More than 7,000 people have been confirmed to have the virus.

In Iran, there were 49 new fatalities. Some 194 people have now died from COVID-19 there.

But latest figures from China and South Korea suggest the virus might be being brought under control in northeast Asia.

China reported 40 new confirmed cases on Sunday, compared with 44 the day before. That’s the lowest since the National Health Commission started publishing national data on January 20.  

Outside Hubei province, where the virus first originated late last year, it reported no new locally transmitted cases for the second straight day.

In South Korea too, infections appear to be slowing.

Monday, March 9

03:00 GMT – Ship heads to Singapore after turned away from Thailand, Malaysia

The operator of the cruise ship Costa Fortuna said it was heading to Singapore to end its journey on Tuesday as planned, after it was turned away from ports in Malaysia and Thailand over coronavirus fears.

Italian cruise line Costa Crociere said there were no suspected virus cases among the passengers.

Costa Crociere said it would cancel a cruise due to depart on March 10 from Singapore.

Singapore port authorities have not yet said whether they would allow the ship to dock

02:45 GMT – California preparing to dock cruise ship where virus cases confirmed

The Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying more than 3,500 people from 54 countries, is expected to dock in California on Monday.

21 of those on board have been confirmed to have the coronavirus and everyone will be required to spend 14 days in quarantine once they disembark. 

The Grand Princess is waiting off the California coast so the authorities can prepare for it to dock in Oakland [Stephen Lam/Reuters]

Those needing acute medical care will leave the ship first.

“This is a time that we must be guided by facts and not fears, and our public deserves to know what’s going on,” Mayor Libby Schaaf said.

02:40 GMT – First case confirmed in Japanese city of Kobe

A woman in her 40s who attended a live music show in Osaka, has become the first person to test positive for the coronavirus in Kobe, officials said.

02:20 GMT – South Korea sees smallest daily increase in infections in two weeks

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has announced its latest figures on the coronavirus outbreak there.

It confirmed a total of 248 cases on Sunday – the smallest increase since late February and the fourth successive day that it has been lower than the day before. 

The KCDC will provide a further update in the afternoon.