Coronavirus: American slashes international flights, Congo and Uzbekistan confirm first cases

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  • Global cases: More than 152,000, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization
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  • Global deaths: At least 5,393, according to latest data from the WHO

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7:23 pm: Nike is closing all of its stores in the US

Nike is closing all of its stores in the U.S., along with other parts of the world, to try to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the company said Sunday morning.

Its locations across the U.S., Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand will close from Monday through March 27, the company said. -Thomas

7:12 pm: Health official says Iran’s death toll at 724

Alireza Vahabzadeh, an advisor to Iran’s health minister, has reportedly said the new coronavirus has killed a further 113 people in the last 24 hours.

The death toll now stands at 724 with total infections at 13,938, according to Reuters. -Clinch

5:42 pm: Philippines confirms three more coronavirus deaths, 29 new cases

The Philippines added three new victims to its death count from the coronavirus Sunday, bringing its total fatalities from the virus to 11. The deaths include an 86-year-old American citizen who had traveled in the U.S. and South Korea.

It also announced 29 new infections, bringing the Southeast Asian island nation’s total cases to 140. Authorities have placed the entire capital of Manila under quarantine for a month starting Sunday.

5:34 pm: Malaysia reports 190 new cases, mostly linked to large mosque gathering

Malaysia’s health ministry on Sunday announced 190 new cases of the coronavirus, most of which authorities believe are linked to a mass religious gathering at a mosque that attracted some 16,000 attendees, about 14,500 of which were Malaysian.

The event took place near the capital Kuala Lumpur between Feb. 27 and Mar. 1, authorities said, and the attendees and their close contacts will be put under mandatory quarantine for two weeks. The new cases bring Malaysia’s total to 428.

5:32 pm: Kazakhstan declares state of emergency over coronavirus

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev declared a state of emergency on Sunday, which imposes a nationwide quarantine over the central Asian state and restricts movement into and out of Kazakhstan for everyone except for diplomats and people invited by the government.

5:18 pm: Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque to shut as precaution

Some of Jerusalem’s holiest sites of worship, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, will close as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of coronavirus, mosque authorities announced Sunday. Prayers will still be held in the open areas of the mosque, its director told Reuters.

4:29 pm: Jordan reports six new cases, including an American traveling from Egypt

Jordan announced six new coronavirus cases Sunday, included one American tourist who is reported to have come from Egypt, according the country’s ministry of health. −Reuters

4:27 pm: Republic of the Congo announces first coronavirus case

The Congo Republic announced its first case of the new coronavirus in a government statement on Sunday, Reuters reported.

4:21 pm: Russia to suspend trains to and from Ukraine, Latvia and Moldova

Russia will suspend trains coming from and going to neighboring Ukraine, Latvia and Moldova over the coronavirus crisis, state news agency Tass reported Sunday. The halt in transport is to begin March 17.

3:23 pm: Pope’s Easter services to be held without faithful attending: Vatican

Pope Francis’ Easter services in April will be held without any faithful in attendance in an effort to limit coronavirus spread, the Vatican said Sunday.

The pope’s weekly Sunday blessings will continue to be held over the internet and television until April 12, the Vatican said on its official website. The Easter services typically attract tens of thousands of attendants to Rome and the Vatican.

2:53 pm: Coronavirus crisis delays Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s trial

A long-awaited corruption trial for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s has been delayed for two months until May, the country’s Justice Ministry announced Sunday, due to the coronavirus. The trial was initially scheduled to begin on March 17, on the back of indictments against the prime minister, Israel’s longest-serving leader, for graft cases.

2:50 pm: South Korea declares disaster zones in areas hard hit by virus

South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared the country’s hardest-hit areas from the coronavirus as “disaster zones” on Sunday, announcing 76 new cases and three deaths in what was a decrease in new cases to double-digits for the first time in three weeks, Reuters reported.

The declaration was the first to happen in South Korea under the context of a disease, and allows the government to subsidize up to half of restoration expenses and clears residents of their requirement to pay taxes and utility bills. The country has 8,162 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and 75 deaths, the highest in Asia after China.

2:23 pm: Thailand announces 32 new cases

Thailand’s health officials announced 32 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, bringing its total cases to 114. The number represented the biggest single jump in one day for the country.

1:48 pm: Wife of Spanish prime minister tests positive

The wife of Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez has tested positive for the new coronavirus, Reuters reported citing the PM’s office. Both Sanchez and his wife, Begona Gomez, are doing fine, the news agency said.

The news comes as Spain imposed a 15-day nationwide lockdown that began on Saturday as part of emergency measures to contain the spread of the virus, which has infected at least 6,391 people in the country so far, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University. Spain now has the second highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Europe, after Italy. – Joanna Tan

1:35 pm: Uzbekistan announces first coronavirus case

Uzbekistan has announced its first coronavirus case. The infected individual is an Uzbek citizen returning from a visit to France, the central Asian nation’s health ministry said Sunday.

1:14 pm: Australia to impose 2-week self-quarantine on anyone arriving from overseas

Australia will impose a two-week quarantine requirement for anyone arriving from overseas, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Sunday. The new measures, taken as the country battles to contain the highly contagious coronavirus, will take effect from midnight. “All people coming to Australia will be required – will be required, I stress – to self-isolate for 14 days,” he said.

In addition, the country will be barring all cruise ships from foreign ports for an initial 30 days before further decisions are made, he said.

There were 249 confirmed cases, including 3 deaths, in Australia as of 10:30 a.m. local time on Sunday, the health ministry said in its latest update. – Joanna Tan

11:32 am: American Airlines to suspend nearly all long-haul international flights

American Airlines will start a phased suspension of almost all its long-haul international flights from the U.S. starting Monday, the airline said in a statement. The flights affected include those in Asia Pacific, Europe and South America.

The latest move will be implemented from March 16 to May 6, and will reduce international capacity by 75% year-on-year, the carrier said. It comes as the U.S. government imposes travel restrictions over the coronavirus outbreak that had already dampened demand.

“These changes to long-haul flying will result in the airline parking approximately 135 widebody aircraft – nearly its entire widebody fleet – during this time,” the company said. “In addition to the international changes, the airline anticipates its domestic capacity in April will be reduced by 20% compared to last year and May’s domestic capacity will be reduced by 30% on a year over year basis.” – Joanna Tan

11:19 am: Japan’s cases rise to nearly 1,500, including those from cruise ship

The number of COVID-19 infections in Japan rose to 1,484 on Sunday, Reuters reported citing public broadcaster NHK. Of the the total of people infected, 697 were from the Diamond Princess cruise ship and 14 had returned on charter flights from China, Reuters said quoting data from NHK.

The report said the total number of deaths in the country now stands at 29, with 7 of those who died from the cruise ship. – Joanna Tan

10:30 am: Credit card issuers are helping consumers affected by the virus

A number of top credit card issuers – including Chase, Wells Fargo, Capital One, Citi and U.S. Bank – have posted information on their websites to address customer concerns and promote readines s amid the widespread disruptions caused by the outbreak.

It comes as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation encouraged financial institutions to prepare for more American consumers experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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10:06 am: China says 10 more deaths and 20 new cases were reported

China’s National Health Commission said there were 20 new confirmed cases on March 14, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 80,844. There were 10 additional deaths and all of them came from Hubei, the central province where the disease was first reported. The mainland has now reported 3,199 deaths in total. – Joanna Tan

9:52 am: South Korea reports 76 new cases and 3 more deaths

South Korea reported there were 76 new cases at the end of Saturday, bringing the total number of known infections in the country to 8,162. The latest number of new cases fell below 100 for the first time in at least 5 days.

All times below are in Eastern time.

According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3 more people died, taking the death toll nationwide to 75. – Joanna Tan

7:48 pm: Trump tests negative for the coronavirus

President Donald Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus, according to the White House physician.

Trump opted to take the test after the press secretary for Brazil’s president tested positive for the virus. Trump dined with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his press secretary at Mar-a-Lago. Bolsonaro said Friday that he tested negative for the virus.

According to the note from the White House physician, “last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed.”

“This evening,” the White House physician said, “I received confirmation that the test is negative.” -Lauren Hirsch

4:39 pm: Spain imposes nationwide lockdown

Spain’s government is placing tight restrictions on movements and closing restaurants and other establishments in the nation of 46 million people as part of a two-week state of emergency to fight the sharp rise in coronavirus infections.

According to the government decree, people will only be allowed to leave their homes to buy food and medicine, commute to work, go to medical centers and banks, or take trips related to the care for the young and the elderly. Those limitations are effective immediately.

Effective immediately, Spain is also closing all restaurants, bars, hotels, schools and universities nationwide, and other non-essential retail outlets, a move some of the hardest-hit communities have already carried out. -Associated Press

3:19 pm: France closes restaurants, cafes, movie theaters, other nonessential shops

France will close all nonessential stores in order to stop the rapid spread of the coronavirus in Europe, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced in a press conference.

The order applies to restaurants, cafes, movie theaters and nightclubs, Philippe said. Grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations will remain open to the public.

There are at least 3,667 confirmed cases of coronavirus in France, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. -Spencer Kimball

12:56 pm: US extends travel restrictions to UK and Ireland

The U.S. will add the U.K. and Ireland to travel restrictions as the coronavirus spreads, President Donald Trump said Saturday, discouraging the broader public from traveling unless necessary.

Read CNBC’s coverage from the U.S. overnight: – CNBC’s Leslie Josephs, Lauren Hirsch and Spencer Kimball contributed to this report. France closes most stores on coronavirus fears, Spain imposes lockdown, US restricts UK travel

Trump earlier this week announced that foreigners who have been in 26 European countries over the last two weeks won’t be allowed in to the U.S. for 30 days. Vice President Mike Pence said the rules will take effect midnight Monday. -Leslie Josephs