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Ireland is to shut all schools, universities and childcare facilities until March 29 in response to the spread of the coronavirus, acting Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday.
Ireland has 43 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. — Ellyatt
European leaders have responded to President Donald Trump's decision to impose restrictions on travel to the U.S. from 26 countries in Europe, saying that the coronavirus pandemic is a "global crisis" and not limited to "any continent."
"It requires cooperation rather than unilateral action," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel said in a statement Thursday.
"The European Union disapproves of the fact that the U.S. decision to impose a travel ban was taken unilaterally and without consultation," they said, adding that the EU is taking strong action to limit the spread of the virus. —Amaro and Ellyatt
The U.K.'s chief medical officers have said that doctors in the country may need to "depart significantly from established procedures to handle the coronavirus outbreak."
This might be needed "in order to care for patients in the highly challenging but time-bound circumstances of the peak of an epidemic," the chief medical officers of the U.K.'s individual nations said in a joint letter to doctors, Reuters reported. — Ellyatt
Iran has reported 75 new deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said, according to Reuters. That brings the death toll there to 429.
"We have identified 1,075 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, meaning that there are 10,075 infected people in the country. The death toll is 429," Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state television. — Ellyatt
The U.S. is banning entry to those travelling from the 26 European countries which form the so-called Schengen Area, where there are no passport checks between internal borders.
Most people who have been in these countries in the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival in the United States will not be allowed into the country. This two-week limit means those affected can't get around the rules by changing flights in a non-European airport. — Amaro
South Africa reported the first case of local transmission of the coronavirus on Thursday, Reuters reported. There are concerns that African health systems could be overwhelmed if local transmission accelerates, the news agency added.
South Africa's Health Ministry said a 32-year-old man contracted the virus after contact with a Chinese businessman. The country has not reported any deaths from coronavirus. — Ellyatt
European markets plunged Thursday morning as investors reacted to President Donald Trump's decision to impose restrictions on travel to the U.S. from many countries in Europe.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 dropped 6% in early trade, with travel and leisure stocks plummeting 9.3% following Trump's announcement of a ban on European travel. — Smith
Italy has tightened its nationwide lockdown further in response to the rising death toll from coronavirus, ordering all non-essential shops and services to close.
Announcing the measures Wednesday evening, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said supermarkets and pharmacies will be the only retailers to remain open in Italy. — Ellyatt
The resumption of work rate for key enterprises in foreign trade is near or at 100% in 19 provinces and municipalities, including Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Shanghai, Li Xinggan, director of the department of foreign trade at the Ministry of Commerce, said Thursday at a press conference, according to a CNBC translation of his remarks.
For foreign trade enterprises generally in eight provinces and municipalities, including Shandong, Anhui and Liaoning, the resumption of work rate has topped 80%, Li said. — Cheng
Twenty-nine people have died in the collapse of a hotel in Fujian province this past weekend, Pei Wentian, head of a security department within the National Emergency Management Department, said Thursday at a press conference. That's according to a CNBC translation of his Mandarin-language remarks.
The hotel was used to quarantine people who had recent contact with coronavirus patients.
All 71 people who were trapped in the collapse are now accounted for, Pei said, noting the hotel in question was built illegally and illegally renovated multiple times. — Cheng
Japan's Nikkei 225 plunged more than 4% to close in bear market territory, more than 20% off its 52-week closing high.
HSBC Private Banking's James Cheo told CNBC's "Street Signs Asia" that markets are likely in for a "rollercoaster ride" and its "too early to add aggressively to risk." — Huang
Air passenger traffic in China plunged 84.5% year-over-year in February to 8.34 million trips, according to the country's aviation authority.
The civil aviation industry lost 24.59 billion yuan ($3.5 billion) in February alone, of which airlines lost 20.96 billion ($3.03 billion), the largest single-month loss on record, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China. — Cheng
Large gatherings in California should be canceled or postponed until at least the end of March, said Gavin Newsom, the state's governor.
"Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person," Newsom said in a late-Wednesday statement.
"Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines," he added. — Lee
Coronavirus infections in China have markedly declined in recent weeks, but the Asian giant's economic recovery may be held back by the global outbreak, as countries around the world struggle to contain the rapidly spreading disease.
"It seems that we're beginning to be on the back side of this now here in Asia, given that the number of infections is down. In China, the infections still remain fairly isolated in Hubei province, that's a very good thing," said Steve Cochrane, chief Asia Pacific economist at Moody's Analytics, referring to the epicenter of the outbreak in China
"But I don't see the recovery in China really coming on any more faster than we might have expected."
He explained that's due to softening demand from the rest of the world, where cases are surging. Italy, Iran and South Korea have reported more than 7,000 cases each, while France, Spain and Germany each reported more than 1,200 cases, according toe the World Health Organization's latest figures. — Tan
Stock prices of airlines in Asia Pacific fall after President Donald Trump announced a ban on travelers to the U.S. from Europe. (See 9:06 am entry)
Australia's Qantas Airways was among the biggest losers after plunging by 9.90%, while Japan's ANA Holdings and Japan Airlines were down by 5.63% and 7.03%, respectively. Korean Air also fell by 4.62%. — Lee
Airlines had been gearing up for the peak spring and summer travel season, the most lucrative quarters of the year. But the coronavirus outbreak is now threatening to keep travelers at home for months, and U.S. travel restrictions could exacerbate travelers' fears about going abroad months down the road, said Henry Harteveldt, a former airline executive and founder of travel consulting firm Atmosphere Research Group.
"A lot of people who were considering a trip to Europe may no longer do so," he said. Many European travelers might also avoid the U.S. this summer out of fear of "being caught if restrictions are reinstated," he added. — Josephs
Asia stocks fell sharply in afternoon trade after the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged into bear market territory overnight, as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 declined 3.3% while the Topix index fell 3.27%. The Japanese yen, often seen as a safe-haven currency, traded at 104.18 following an earlier high of 103.08. South Korea's Kospi also plummeted 3.04%.
Meanwhile, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was down 5.51%, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 3.81%. — Huang
Food delivery is a huge business in China and it has become even more important during the coronavirus outbreak in China.
With people slowly starting to return to work, Meituan, one of the country's biggest delivery firms, has launched a new product it feels will help keep people protected from the virus.
It's a piece of cardboard that folds out into a 20-inch "independent space." Diners can eat their meals with their heads tucked into the shield. Meituan said the cover can effectively prevent meals from any water droplets that may come from their colleagues, particularly when people are eating in densely packed areas like office canteens.
So far, the shield initiative is being tested with eight restaurant chains across Shanghai and Beijing. — Kharpal
The ongoing spread of the new coronavirus has become one of the biggest threats to the global economy and financial markets.
"From an economic perspective, the key issue is not just the number of cases of COVID-19, but the level of disruption to economies from containment measures," Ben May, head of global macro research at Oxford Economics, said in a report.
"Widespread lockdowns such as those imposed by China have been enacted in some virus hotspots," he said, adding that such measures — if taken disproportionately — could induce panic and weaken the global economy even more.
CNBC presents six charts that show the impact the outbreak has had on the global economy and markets so far. — Lee
The U.S. State Department issued an advisory on its website advising citizens to "reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19."
"Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions," the notice said.
"Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice," it added.
The advisory came after U.S. President Donald Trump announced a 30-day ban on travelers to America from Europe starting Friday midnight. (See 9:06 am entry) — Lee
Malaysian authorities are trying to track down 5,000 citizens who may have been exposed to the new coronavirus at a religious event in the outskirts of capital Kuala Lumpur, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
A 53-year-old man from neighboring Brunei, who had attended the event, was confirmed on Tuesday to have been infected by the virus, according to the report. That's Brunei's first reported infection, the report said. The religious event took place at a mosque between Feb. 27 and Mar. 1, according to Reuters.
Malaysia has reported 149 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Wednesday, of which 26 have been discharged from hospitals, said the country's health ministry. — Lee
Beijing's municipal government announced late Wednesday a plan for subsidizing some workers' daily living expenses as Beijing is not allowing people from Hubei province — the epicenter of the new coronavirus — to return to the Chinese capital city.
Beijing-based businesses must provide individual support of at least 3,080 yuan a month ($440) for employees stranded in Hubei and are unable to work, the municipal government said. It noted that figure is double the city's standard for basic monthly living expenses. The plan is effective this month and will last until the restrictions on travel from Hubei to Beijing are lifted, according to the policy.
Businesses contributing to the government's social insurance plan can apply for subsidies to cover half of the payout, or 1,540 yuan ($221 per worker, the policy said. — Cheng
A staff member in Senator Maria Cantwell's office in Washington, D.C., has tested positive for the new coronavirus. It is said to be the first confirmed case of infection on Capitol Hill. The individual has been in isolation since starting to show symptoms. The office has been closed for deep cleaning and the affected individual has had no known contact with the senator or other members of Congress, according to a statement. – Wilkie
The tech company told its 4,900 global employees to work from home. The move is mandatory as Twitter said it has a "responsibility to support our communities, and those who are vulnerable." It added that it will continue to pay contractors and hourly workers who are not able to perform their duties while working from home. – Farr
U.S. futures indicated sharp declines on Wall Street again after an address from President Trump failed to ease investor worries over the global pandemic. Dow futures were down 1,067 points, indicating a loss of about 1,027 points at Thursday's open. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures were also sharply lower. The move comes after the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended its historic 11-year bull market run by closing in a bear market. – Imbert, Roy Choudhury
India's health ministry said a high-level group of ministers met on Wednesday and decided on the following:
On Tuesday, the chief minister of the state of Manipur said on Twitter that India has closed its border with Myanmar as "precautionary measures." Manipur shares border with Myanmar. – Roy Choudhury
Correction: This blog entry has been updated to reflect that India will suspend most existing visas from Friday 1200 GMT.
Actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have tested positive for the coronavirus, Hanks confirmed via Instagram Wednesday. They were in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann's currently untitled Elvis Presley film from Warner Bros. Hanks is set to play Presley's longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker. – Whitten
The NBA said it is "suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight's schedule of games until further notice." The decision came after a player on the Utah Jazz was said to have preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19 before a Wednesday night game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder. That game is now canceled and the affected player was not in the arena, according to the NBA. It also said that it will use the hiatus to figure out the next steps for moving forward. – Roy Choudhury
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as of Thursday morning, there were 114 new cases and six additional deaths, bringing the country's total number of infected to 7,869 and fatalities to 66. A majority of the new confirmed cases were reported in the city of Daegu, where the infection rate spiked in recent weeks. – Roy Choudhury
President Donald Trump said all travel from Europe to the U.S. will be suspended for 30 days, and that the new rules are going into effect on Friday midnight. "These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground," Trump said, adding that those measures would not apply to the United Kingdom. He also said that the U.S. is monitoring the situation in China and South Korea and that it may reevaluate restrictions and warnings currently in place about those countries if their situation improves. – Roy Choudhury
China's National Health Commission said there were 15 new confirmed cases on Mar. 11, with 8 of them in Hubei province — where the disease was first detected. Six of the new cases were attributed to travelers returning from abroad. All but one of the 11 additional deaths were reported in Hubei.
Altogether, the total number of confirmed cases to-date in mainland China stands at 80,793 — among them, 62,793 cases have been cured and 3,169 people have died. – Roy Choudhury
Italy's health ministry said as of 6 p.m. local time on Mar. 11, there were a total of 12,462 cases, including 1,045 people who have recovered and 827 who have died. The country is in a complete lockdown at the moment, with most non-essential businesses, including bars and restaurants, closed. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte earlier this week told people to "stay at home." Outside China, Italy is the worst-affected country. – Roy Choudhury
Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiled a 17.6 billion Australian dollar ($11.4 billion) stimulus package to tackle the economic impact of the global pandemic by keeping people employed and helping small and medium-sized companies stay in business.
Morrison said up to 6.5 million individuals and 3.5 million businesses would be directly supported by the measures. That includes a one-off 750 Australian dollar payment to pensioners and other income support recipients as well as providing cash flow assistance to businesses. The government is setting aside 1 billion Australian dollars to support sectors, regions, and communities that have been disproportionately affected, including those that rely heavily on tourism, agriculture, and education.
"This plan is about keeping Australians in jobs. This plan is about keeping a business in business, particularly small and medium-sized businesses. This plan is about ensuring the Australian economy bounces back stronger on the other side of, and with that, the budget bounces back with it," Morrison told reporters.
A day earlier, Morrison had announced a health package worth 2.4 billion Australian dollars to fight the virus. – Roy Choudhury
The U.S. travel and tourism industry could lose at least $24 billion in foreign spending this year because of the rapidly spreading coronavirus, according to data produced by Tourism Economics and first seen by CNBC. That would be equivalent to about seven times more than the industry lost during the SARS outbreak in 2003, according to the data. The figures also imply 8.2 million lost visitors in one year, which would be even more than the 7.7 million international travelers lost in 2001 and 2002, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. – Hirsch
U.S. President Donald Trump said he will address the nation at 9 p.m. ET (9 a.m. Beijing time). Earlier, the president met with Wall Street executives to discuss ways to support small businesses and the market.
The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on Wednesday and the director-general criticized some countries for failing to act quickly enough or drastically enough to contain the spread. – Roy Choudhury
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Italy's premier says all stores except pharmacies and grocery stores are being closed nationwide in response to the country's coronavirus outbreak.
Premier Giuseppe Conte thanked the public for cooperating with the already unprecedented travel and social restrictions that took effect Tuesday.
But he said Wednesday night on Facebook Live that Italy must "go another step″ by closing all shops and businesses except for food stores, pharmacies and other shops selling ″essential″ items.
The tighter restrictions on daily life are the government's latest effort to respond to the fast-moving crisis that took Italy's number of cases from three to 12,462 in less than three weeks. – The Associated Press
Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician of Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court, said he expects 70 million to 150 million people in the United States will become infected with COVID-19, NBC News reported, citing two sources.
Monahan made the comments to Senate staff during a closed-door meeting Tuesday afternoon, according to NBC News. The meeting did not include senators and was for administrative office staff and personnel from both parties, NBC News reported. – Lovelace
Read CNBC's coverage from the U.S. overnight: Trump meets with Wall Street execs, March Madness closed to fans
— The Associated Press and CNBC's Weizhen Tan, Leslie Josephs, Eustance Huang, Arjun Kharpal, Evelyn Cheng, Christina Farr, Christina Wilkie, Fred Imbert, Sarah Whitten, Lauren Hirsch and Berkeley Lovelace Jr. contributed to this report.