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Claudia Allen and Yaroslav Lukov

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  1. Live coverage ending for now

    People wear masks at Lima's airport, Peru. Photo: 6 March 2020

    We're now suspending our live coverage - thanks for staying with us!

    Just to recap on this developing story:

    • Coronavirus infections are nearing 100,000 globally, says the World Health Organization, but other organisations say that number has already been surpassed
    • President Trump has signed an $8.3bn (£6.4bn) emergency bill to combat the outbreak in the US, where 14 deaths are confirmed
    • Cases in Iran have risen by more than 1,200 in 24 hours
    • France says all schools and nurseries in two worst hit areas will be closed for two weeks from Monday

    You can still follow all the updates on this and other stories on the BBC News website.

  2. SXSW festival cancelled in Texas

    SXSW event. File photo

    Popular annual parallel film, media and music festivals in Austin, Texas, have been cancelled by the city authorities, the organisers say.

    The SXSW (South by Southwest) and SXSW EDU events had been scheduled for later in March.

    "We are devastated to share this news with you. 'The show must go on' is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place," the organisers said in a statement.

    "We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation."

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  3. Scotland women's national rugby team player has virus

    Scotland Women trained at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday before Saturday's match was called off
    Image caption: Scotland Women trained at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday before the match was called off

    Scotland Women's Six Nations rugby match with France at Glasgow's Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday has been postponed after a home player contracted coronavirus.

    The player is being treated in "a healthcare facility but is otherwise well", says Scottish Rugby, while seven members of the Scotland playing and management staff are in self-isolation.

    Scotland women's last game, in Italy, was called off over virus fears.

    Scotland men v France at Murrayfield on Sunday "continues as scheduled".

  4. Mortality rates appear to vary by country

    An elderly man wears a mask in Rome, Italy. Photo: 6 March 2020
    Image caption: Italy has one of the oldest populations in the world

    Mortality rates appear to vary significantly among the worst hit four countries, according to national statistics and other data available.

    In Italy, which has one of the oldest populations in the world, it stands at 4.25% - the highest figure.

    On Thursday the Italian government said the dead had an average age of 81 and nearly three-quarters were men.

    China comes second with 3.8%, followed by Iran (2.6%) and France (1.6%).

    South Korea's mortality rate from the virus is the lowest at 0.65%.

    These mortality rates are based on government statistics from the affected countries.

  5. Confused about coronavirus? Our expert answers your questions

    Are you still confused about the coronavirus? Starting from the basic ones, like symptoms, to more complicated ones?

    If so, Dr Ellen Carlin has been answering readers' questions in our #CutThroughTheNoise video session on Twitter.

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  6. BreakingSecond virus fatality confirmed in the UK

    A second person in the UK has died after contracting coronavirus, the NHS has confirmed.

    The man, in his early 80s and with underlying health conditions, tested positive for the virus and died at Milton Keynes Hospital on Thursday.

    The UK's first death linked to the virus was confirmed on Thursday when a woman in her 70s - also with underlying health issues - died in hospital.

    It comes as the number of confirmed cases in the UK rose to 164.

    For more details, read the full story.

  7. Which countries have closed schools?

    An exterior view of a closed and empty school in the San Fruttuoso neighborhood of Genoa, Italy, 05 March 2020.
    Image caption: All schools in Italy have been shuttered because of the virus

    We told you earlier that schools were being closed in some of France's worst-hit areas, but it is not the first country to take such action.

    The UN reported this week that the education of more than 290.5 million students around the world was being disrupted by the coronavirus.

    Here's the UN's full list of countries with complete school closures and the number of students affected:

    • Armenia: 437,612
    • Azerbaijan: 1,783,390
    • Bahrain: 247,489
    • China [including Hong Kong and Macao]: 233,169,621
    • North Korea: 4,229,170
    • Georgia: 732,451
    • Iran: 14,561,998
    • Italy: 9,039,741
    • Japan: 16,496,928
    • Kuwait: 632,988
    • Lebanon: 1,132,178
    • Mongolia: 870,962
    • South Korea: 7,044,963
    • United Arab Emirates: 1,170,565

    Other countries with localised school closures are:

    • Afghanistan
    • Bhutan
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • India
    • Iraq
    • Pakistan
    • Palestinian territories
    • Ukraine
    • UK
    • US
    • Vietnam

    You can read more from the UN about the coronavirus' impact on education here.

  8. Saudi Arabia suspends public sports events

    The Ministry of Sports said that public attendance at all sports competitions would cease from Saturday 7 March until further notice, "in the interest of safety for all".

    This was as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of coronavirus, reports said.

  9. Austria introduces health checks on Italian border

    The Austrian government says it will carry out "spot health checks" on its border crossings with Italy.

    The aim is both to identify people who might be infected with coronavirus, as well as to raise awareness and lead to a reduction in cross-border traffic, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said, according to ORF.

    Direct flights between Austria and Bologna, Milan, Iran and South Korea will be banned for the next two weeks.

    Austria has 63 confirmed infections, the government said on Friday evening.

  10. UN climate body cancels 'physical meetings'

    The UN's climate body has announced that it's cancelling "physical meetings" planned to take place in the German city of Bonn and elsewhere amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

    The UNFCCC described the cancellation of meetings from today until the end of April as an "exceptional measure" taken to "safeguard the health and safety of participants".

    It said it was looking into whether the meetings needed to be postponed or could be held via videoconference.

    The decision comes as the UNFCC prepares for a major UN climate summit, set to be held in the Scottish city of Glasgow in November.

    Observers say the summit could be the most important round of climate negtiations since the 2015 Paris agreement was reached.

    You can read the full UNFCC statement here.

  11. India chicken sales plummet amid misinformation

    Ethirajan Anbarasan

    South Asia Editor, BBC World Service

    Indians eat a lot of chicken - 75 million birds a week ended up on their plates until January this year. Then messages on social media platforms started circulating warning people not to eat chicken - falsely claims the birds carry the new coronavirus and could pass it on to humans.

    Since then sales have plummeted.

    Indian authorities have repeatedly said there is no scientific evidence to the claims. In fact, ministers have even eaten roast chicken during public events to show that the birds are virus free.

    Traders say small and medium-sized farmers have been hardest hit as the $14bn (£10.7bn) industry struggles to correct the misinformation online.

  12. France announces school closures in worst hit areas

    All schools and nurseries in two French departments to shut

    A sign says children's facilities are closed due to the coronavirus in Crepy-en-Valois, Oise department, France. Photo: 6 March 2020
    Image caption: A municipal sign in Crepy-en-Valois announces the closure of facilities for children

    French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has announced that all schools and nurseries in the departments of l’Oise, in the north, and le Haut-Rhin, in the north-east, will be closed for two weeks from Monday.

    They are the worst hit areas in the country, he said at a news briefing.

    The number of confirmed cases now stands at 613 in France, while nine people have died.

    At the same briefing, Health Minister Olivier Véran said pharmacies would be able to produce and sell their own hand sanitiser - but the price would be regulated.

    Some surgical face masks would be allowed to be sold in pharmacies, but they would not to be sold to the wider population and just to those in need, Mr Véran stressed.

  13. Have we reached 100,000 cases - or not?

    We've been reporting that the World Health Organization says the total number of cases of coronavirus globally is "nearing" 100,000.

    This is what the WHO's director general told a daily briefing in Geneva on Friday afternoon:

    Quote Message: We are now on the verge of reaching 100,000 confirmed cases from Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus World Health Organization
    Tedros Adhanom GhebreyesusWorld Health Organization

    But other organisations - including news agencies such as Reuters and AFP, are keeping their own tallies by adding up figures given by various national and state health officials. Both these news agencies are now reporting that the total number of infections has passed 100,000.

    At Johns Hopkins University in the US, researchers are maintaining an interactive web-based dashboard to track the outbreak in real time.

    They also calculate that more than 100,000 people have been infected, and more than 3,400 have died across the world.

    Screengrab of Johns Hopkins dashboard taken at 1916 on 6 March

    But as countries including Italy, France and Iran continue to report significant daily increases, the WHO stressed the importance of containment measures to try to slow down the outbreak.

  14. Toilet paper panic buying in UK?

    We've reported earlier on toilet paper shortages in Australia and some quite original media coverage of the issue (see our 17:00 entry).

    This panic buying seems to have spread, reaching the UK.

    This was the scene a short while ago in the Sainsbury's store in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.

    Empty toilet rolls shelves at Sainsbury's store in Beaconsfield
  15. Canada confirms first 'community' case

    Jessica Murphy, BBC News, Toronto

    Canada has 45 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, mostly located in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia.

    Most cases have been linked to travellers, or their close contacts, returning from some of the worst hit countries like Iran and China.

    However, health officials confirmed the first "community" case of a person who had not recently left Canada and had no known contact with someone infected late this week.

    On Friday, the federal government increased its funding into Covid-19 research from C$7m ($5.2m; £4m) to C$27m.

  16. Cruise ship turned away from Malta amid doctor threats

    MSC Opera cruise liner. File photo

    A cruise ship with 2,302 passengers and crew has been turned away from Malta after doctors threatened industrial action if it docked amid coronavirus concerns.

    The MSC Opera's operator said it agreed not to enter the country's port on Friday to "avoid unnecessary public unrest".

    The Maltese government said the decision followed "public alarm raised by misleading information" and blamed an unnamed local media outlet.

    Both the government and the operator said there were no cases on board.

    For more details see our full story.

  17. Canadian citizens 'most affected' by US travel restrictions

    More Canadians than anyone else have been affected by the US land border measures, according to CBC.

    More than 100 people have been turned away at the US-Canadian border after the US introduced restrictions for foreigners who had recently visited China and Iran.

  18. Italy sees another big jump in coronavirus cases

    A patient arrives in an ambulance to Cremona hospital, Italy. File photo

    In Italy, 620 new confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 3,916, the country's civil protection agency has said in a statement.

    It says 197 people have died, "however this number can be confirmed only after the Istituto Superiore di Sanità has established the actual cause of the death".

    If confirmed, this would be the highest death toll outside China.

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    Video caption: President Trump on coronavirus: 'It'll go away'

    The US president says people need to remain calm as he signs the $8.3bn coronavirus emergency funding bill.

  20. 'We're just carrying on'

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    Video caption: "I think I've got to keep a sensible head on it"

    People with underlying conditions are thought to be at a greater risk of contracting coronavirus.

    Tony Collier, Sandra Broadbent and Lynda Berry are in this group, but they told the BBC that they are not panicking about the situation.