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Coronavirus: latest developments worldwide

AFP – The OECD warns of a severe hit to growth. The European Union raises the risk level to “moderate to high”. Tourism is heavily disrupted.

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis.

– World spread –

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that in the last 24 hours there were almost nine times more COVID-19 cases reported outside China than inside the country where the new virus first appeared last December.

To date, 3,079 people have died from the new virus, while 90,160 have been infected in 73 countries and territories around the world, according to AFP’s latest toll based on official sources at 1700 GMT Monday.

Mainland China, excluding the semi-autonomous territories of Hong Kong and Macao, has 80,026 cases, including 2,912 deaths. Elsewhere in the world, 10,134 cases have been recorded and 166 deaths.

South Korea remains the hardest-hit country after mainland China, with 4,335 cases and 26 deaths, followed by Italy (2,036 cases and 52 deaths), Iran (1,501 cases and 66 deaths) and Japan (254 cases, 12 deaths). More than 700 cases have by now been registered on the Diamond Princess cruise ship anchored in Japan.

In Germany the number of infected people has almost doubled over the weekend, reaching 157.

France, another coronavirus hotspot in Europe, has registered some 130 people infected since late January, three of whom have died.

The 27-nation EU raised the coronavirus risk to “moderate to high”.

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Andorra, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Portugal and Senegal confirmed their first cases.

– OECD lowers growth forecasts –

The OECD lowers its global growth forecast for 2020 by half a percentage point to 2.4 percent, the worst performance since the 2008 crisis.

In China, annual economic growth is expected to reach just 4.9 percent, a 0.8 point drop from the OECD’s original growth forecasts announced last November.

EU Commissioner Thierry Breton says the EU’s tourism sector has lost around a billion euros per month since January and warns of a risk of recession in Germany and Italy.

In the Chinese enclave of Macao, casinos announce a fall in gaming revenue of nearly 88 percent in February.

– Global measures –

In South Korea, subject to travel restrictions by more than 70 countries, dozens of major events are cancelled.

Hong Kong postpones its Vinexpo trade fair from May to July.

A second person dies in the northwestern US state of Washington and President Donald Trump faces criticism over his administration’s preparedness.

In France gatherings of 5,000 people or more are banned. The Salon du Livre in March is cancelled.

The Louvre in Paris, the world’s most visited museum, is closed for a second day running after staff again refuse to work.

In Israel, where legislative elections are taking place, special polling stations are set up for more than 5,000 Israelis under quarantine.

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