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Joshua Cheetham and Alexandra Fouché

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  1. BreakingItalian death toll jumps by 168

    The official number of fatalities from the coronavirus outbreak in Italy has risen from 463 to 631 in 24 hours.

  2. Coronavirus-hit cruise ship 'a nightmare'

    A British couple stuck on coronavirus-hit cruise ship have been speaking to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme about their experience.

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  3. What's happened so far today?

    As Italy fights to gain control of the spread of coronavirus, it has extended quarantine measures that require residents to stay at home, seek permission for essential travel, and give justification for leaving the country.

    And around the world, governments, companies and citizens have also been taking action to counter the pandemic.

    If you're just joining us now, here is a summary of the day's developments:

    • The latest figures from Italy show 9,172 cases - the most outside of China - and 463 deaths

    The BBC has compiled a list of the symptoms of the virus here, and a guide to staying safe can be found here.

  4. Get Involved

    How is coronavirus affecting you?

    Dan Davison is an English teacher in Puglia: "I’m looking out from my balcony and it’s like a ghost town."

    If you've been affected or know someone who has been affected by coronavirus, please get in touch via.


    Twitter: @BBC_HaveYourSay

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  5. Iran to recognise medical staff as 'martyrs'

    Iranian woman walks past mural in Tehran

    Iran will recognise medical staff who die treating coronavirus patients as "martyrs", the country's Mehr news agency reports.

    Mehr said Health Minister Saeed Namaki made the announcement on Tuesday, based on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's "consent".

    Iran's death toll from the virus now stands at 291, and the total number of infections has risen to more than 8,000, the Health Ministry said.

  6. Middle East: Allenby border crossing closes

    The Israeli defence ministry says the Allenby border crossing between the occupied West Bank and Jordan will be closed to “all traffic in both directions” from Tuesday until further notice.

    This is “due to [the] increase in the spread of coronavirus in the region”, it said.

    But it added that “local residents” - an apparent reference to Palestinians - who were currently in Jordan would be able to return if they co-ordinated with the authorities.

    Separately, Jordan has said that from Monday it will bar entry to travellers from France, Germany and Spain, Reuters news agency reports.

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  7. Italy raises €4m in 24 hours for hospitals - GoFundMe

    Schiavonia hospital in Padua, Italy, on 10 March 2020

    Crowdfunding platform GoFundMe reports seeing a huge effort from Italians raising money for their local hospitals.

    Some €4m (£3.5m) have been raised from hundreds of campaigns in 24 hours to help those at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak, it says.

    The organisation says it is the largest fundraising effort they've seen on GoFundMe in Europe to date.

  8. The UK economy must be vaccinated in tomorrow's budget

    Faisal Islam

    BBC Economics Editor

    Rishi Sunak
    Image caption: Chancellor Rishi Sunak is delivering his first budget

    Whether it's "catching a cold" or "contagion", chancellors have long used virology as an analogy to describe the impact of external events on our economy.

    This time, at this moment, the virus and its impact is very real. In his first Budget, Rishi Sunak must swap his famous red Budget box for a medical kit of parts to vaccinate the economy from coronavirus.

    There was no Budget in 2019 and it is difficult to convey just how extraordinary this first Budget of 2020 will be.

    Even a fortnight ago, the plan was a Budget to launch a Parliament of post-Brexit renewal. A significant shift in economic policy and primarily in tax-and-spend - fiscal policy - in order to provide a detailed long-term plan for infrastructure investment across the nation.

    Now the focus is firmly on the short-term economic and health challenge of coronavirus.

    Read on here.

  9. In pictures: Life under lockdown in Italy

    A man with a shopping trolley piled high with food
    Image caption: A man stocks up on supplies in Rome

    Italy is adjusting to restrictions on travel and public gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak.

    In pictures: Life under lockdown in Italy

    A man with a shopping trolley piled high with food

    The country is adjusting to restrictions on travel and public gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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  10. Peter Rabbit 2 film release delayed by coronavirus

    Peter Rabbit 2

    Peter Rabbit 2 has become the latest major film to have its release pushed back amid the coronavirus outbreak.

    Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, which features the voices of James Corden and Margot Robbie, was due in UK cinemas on 27 March, and the US a week later.

    But with uncertainty over whether fans will avoid cinemas, that has now been put back to 7 August.

    The decision comes a week after the new James Bond film No Time To Die was delayed from April to November.

  11. WHO on protecting your mental health during the outbreak

    The WHO has published a document on mental health and dealing with stress during the outbreak.

    Some of their recommendations include:

    • Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that could cause you to feel anxious or distressed
    • Seek information mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones
    • Seek information updates at specific times during the day once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried

    Read more here.

    Their mental health expert also answered questions from people about how to cope during the outbreak.

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  12. Cadbury's staff monitored for coronavirus symptoms

    Cadbury production line
    Image caption: The testing is taking place at Cadbury's Bournville plant, Mondelez said

    Staff at chocolate maker Cadbury in England are having their temperatures taken as concerns over coronavirus grow.

    Owners Mondelez International said all manufacturing staff at its Bournville factory in Birmingham were being tested "whether [they] feel unwell or not".

    It was one of a number of "precautionary measures" to protect health and safety, the firm said.

    Read the full story here.

  13. Qatar bans shisha in coffee shops and restaurants

    Qatar's Ministry of Public Health has indefinitely banned serving shisha (water pipes) at coffee shops and restaurants to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Qatar News Agency has said.

    The tiny Gulf state took other measures, including the suspension of classes at schools and universities.

    The QNA tweeted that the suspension will start on 10 March and will continue until further notice.

    Earlier in the day, the ministry announced that three new coronavirus cases have been confirmed, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 18.

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  14. Questions remain after White House virus update

    President Donald Trump speaks next to Vice President Mike Pence during a coronavirus briefing with health insurers
    Image caption: Vice-President Pence (left) and President Trump (centre) met with health insurers on Tuesday

    US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence, who is leading the coronavirus task force, have just held a meeting with health insurance industry leaders at the White House.

    Pence told reporters that Americans would see "no surprise billing" related to getting tested for the coronavirus.

    He said that health insurance companies had agreed to "waive all co-pays on coronavirus testing and extend coverage for treatment in all benefit plans". (Co-pays are healthcare expenses that aren't reimbursed by medical insurers.)

    The vice-president said more than a million tests are out and four million are expected to be available later this week.

    But he did not expand on what extended coverage means, and if it would mean Americans with private insurance are covered even if they must be treated long-term in hospital, for example. And being covered by insurance in the US does not necessarily mean treatment is affordable.

    Last week, Pence had claimed that coronavirus testing was covered as an "essential health benefit" under all insurance, federal and private. But some analysts ruled that to be misleading as rules differ from state to state and there are limited federal laws governing workplace insurance plans.

    Trump also offered a few remarks after Pence's update, saying he plans on helping the cruise and airline industries "through this patch", though details on how the president might do this remain unclear.

  15. UK man speaks of 'unbelievable' death of his father

    BBC Radio's Asian Network

    A man from Oldham has been talking about the "unbelievable" death of his father from coronavirus.

    The 22-year-old man, speaking anonymously to BBC Asian Network, is one week into isolation at home with his mother and sister. They are unable to see the body of their father - "that's something that really hurts".

    His father contracted coronavirus on a visit to Italy near Milan, where he had close links, but returned to the UK at the end of February without realising he had been infected.

    He died in a Manchester hospital on Sunday after being diagnosed five days earlier. His wife has been given the all clear.

    The victim was an Italian citizen, originally from Bangladesh, and was in his 60s with underlying health conditions.

    His son said: "It [the virus] felt like it was something far away that will never affect me and that's how I felt for a long way, something away from me but when it strikes home, it's unbelievable. It leaves you speechless and you just ask yourself, how did this happen?

    "It's really, really heartbreaking."

    Read more here

  16. Coronavirus information: How to stay safe

    Public health experts have been giving out lots of advice to try to stop the spread of the virus - so how can you stay healthy?

    You can read the BBC's guide here.

  17. Korean Air 'cannot guarantee its survival'

    Korean Air flight crew

    Korean Air has warned that the virus outbreak could threaten its survival after it scrapped more than 80% of its international capacity, grounding 100 of its 145 passenger aircraft.

    "The situation can get worse at any time and we cannot even predict how long it will last," Woo Kee-hong, the president of South Korea's biggest airline, said in a memo to staff.

    "But if the situation continues for a longer period, we may reach the threshold where we cannot guarantee the company's survival."

  18. Life in Saudi Arabia under coronavirus

    Saudi Arabia has enforced a temporary lockdown on the predominantly Shia Muslim eastern region of Qatif, where most of the Covid-19 cases have been reported, and suspended flights from nine countries, including Italy, South Korea, the UAE and Egypt.

    The government has also closed public and private universities and schools across the country until further notice.

    Anyone failing to declare correct health-related information and travel details as they enter the country are liable to a fine of up to $133,000 (£102,000).

    Images from Saudi Arabia show life under coronavirus from empty football stadiums and cafes in Riyadh to people wearing protective masks in Qatif.

    A couple wear protective face masks in Saudi Arabia
    A coffee shop is seen without customers in Riyadh
    Stands are seen empty at a football stadium
  19. The unseen impact on Italian families

    Woman in Italy

    The spread of the coronavirus is affecting Italy in more ways than meet the eyes.

    In order to protect the most vulnerable, all visits to nursing homes and hospices have been prohibited.

    This means that dying patients can’t have their loved ones by their side.

    Chiara Z. – a teacher from Cremona – used to visit her aunt, who had Alzheimer’s, almost every day.

    “On Monday morning the nursing home called to say that my aunt had died,” she said.

    “Knowing that I couldn’t be with her during her last moments is really painful.

    “I wish I could have been there to hold her hand, or say ‘thank you’ one last time.”