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Anger, confusion in Europe as Trump issues travel ban due to coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic as Italy tightened its quarantine and the US imposed a ban on flights to Europe.

As US President Donald Trump announced new measures to address the US’s growing outbreak, Italy further tightened the nationwide quarantine it imposed earlier this week – with all but essential services and shops to close for two weeks – after leaders from the European Union promised to do “whatever it takes” to tackle the coronavirus.

More than 126,000 have been infected globally, according to the WHO. Of those, over 68,000 have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking the virus.

Thursday, March 12

12:36 GMT – Spain’s coronavirus outbreak death toll jumps to 84

Spain’s deathtoll from coronavirus has risen to 84 on Thursday from 47 on Wednesday, the health ministry said.

The ministry reported the number of cases rose to 2,968 up from 2,140 on Wednesday.

12:00 GMT – Singapore to close mosques to prevent coronavirus spread

Singapore will close all mosques for at least five days for deep cleaning to prevent the spread of coronavirus after a number of congregants in the city-state attended an Islamic conference in neighbouring Malaysia linked to infections.

The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore said the closures would take effect on Friday, and that authorities are trying to track down about 90 Singaporeans who attended the three-day religious event in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur.

A number of other religious groups have cancelled physical gatherings in Singapore in recent weeks to try and halt the spread of a virus that has infected 178 people in the city-state.

11:55 GMT – Anger, confusion in Europe as Trump issues travel ban

Travel to the US from most of Europe will be suspended for 30 days beginning on Friday, President Donald Trump announced, citing a need to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

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