COVID-19 CASES JUMP IN IRAN AS ITALY TOLL RISES: LIVE UPDATES

• Various countries around the world, such as Lebanon, Pakistan and South Korea, have reported new cases of coronavirus throughout the day. 

• Qatar has reported its first case, as a 36-year-old man, who returned from Iran, tested positive for the virus.

• Meanwhile, Iran reported nine more deaths due to the coronavirus. The country has the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths outside China.

• Iran announces 205 new infections in last 24 hours as Italian authorities say the number of cases has exceeded 1,000.

Keep following this blog for today's latest updates.

Qatar has become the latest Middle Eastern country to report its first case of coronavirus.


Meanwhile, South Korea on Saturday urged citizens to stay indoors as it warned of a "critical moment" in its battle against the coronavirus after recording the biggest daily jump in infections, with 813 new cases taking the tally to 3,150 with 17 new deaths.


Seoul is grappling with the largest outbreak of the virus outside China, the epicentre of the deadly disease. The National Health Commission reported on Saturday at least 47 new deaths, bringing to 2,835 the number of fatalities nationwide among 79,251 confirmed cases.


In Europe, Italy has reported more than 1,000 coronavirus cases and 29 deaths, the most in Europe.


On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the spread of the virus is "getting bigger". More than 85,000 people have been infected worldwide.


Here are the latest updates:

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Saturday, February 29

20:35 GMT - LUXEMBOURG REPORTS FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE, LINKED TO ITALY

Luxembourg announced its first case of infection by the new coronavirus, a man who recently returned from Italy, Health Minister Paulette Lenert told reporters.


The man in his 40s exhibited COVID-19 symptoms "at the beginning of the week" and testing in Luxembourg confirmed the disease, she said.


A second test is being carried out in the Netherlands and the results should be known on Sunday, she added.


The patient was isolated in a Luxembourg hospital and his family members were in quarantine, the minister said.


19:40 GMT - TURKEY HALTS PASSENGER FLIGHTS TO AND FROM ITALY, IRAQ AND SOUTH KOREA