9 Mar 2020

Covid-19: What you need to know as of 9 March

From Morning Report, 6:51 am on 9 March 2020

Globally, around 106 thousand people have caught the coronavirus, leading to more than 3600 deaths - while at least 60 thousand people have recovered.

In Northern Italy at least 16 million people, are now in mandatory quarantine which will last until early April.

There are reports some people fled locked down zones and the governor of the southern Italian region of Puglia, has urged those who left to turn back.

Officials say the death toll in Italy has increased over the past day from 233 to 366.

In the UK the number of cases have jumped significantly - from 209 to 273.

French health officials have confirmed just over 1000 cases of coronavirus, with the death toll increasing from 11 to 19.

There are 470 cases in the United States and there has been 19 deaths.

The World Health Organisation is warning if the virus spreads to Syria it would be devastating, no cases have been confirmed but agencies fear an outbreak would be difficult to contain.

There are still five cases in New Zealand.

Travel bans remain in place for non-residents or citizens who have been in or transited through Iran or mainland China.

Travellers who've recently returned from northern Italy or South Korea are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days - as are people who have been in contact with a person confirmed to have Covid-19.