Coronavirus live updates: stock markets plunge on global recession fears

With cases spiking sharply across Europe and emergency measures in place from California to Saudi Arabia, investors have sent shares tumbling. Follow all the developments live.

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In Sydney, Australia, Channel Nine is reporting that two Year 10 pupils at St Patrick’s Dundas in Sydney have tested positive for coronavirus.

We’ll have more on this shortly.

BREAKING: A boy and a girl in Year 10 at St Patrick’s Dundas have tested positive for Coronavirus. School working with NSW Health to figure out next steps. @9NewsAUS #CoronavirusOutbreak https://t.co/3IFpjKJpaI

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Global financial markets face a torrid day on Monday after the virus continued to threaten to spark a worldwide recession.

Australia has kicked off the day’s trading and the benchmark ASX200 down by 4.2% on Monday morning. The Nikkei in Tokyo opens in less than an hour with futures trade pointing to a 4.5% fall.

Brent crude oil futures have also plummeted to just over $33 after the Saudi decision to pump more oil at the weekend.

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This is proper March madness. S&P futures fall over 120 points early Monday in Asia. pic.twitter.com/cFpFXK95tl

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Coronavirus: Foreign Office advice over Italy confuses British holidaymakers

FCO still says travel to Lombardy is largely safe despite quarantine of 16m inhabitants

The Foreign Office is facing a backlash over its lack of clear advice for British people with holidays booked in northern Italy and those currently in areas locked down due to its escalating coronavirus crisis.

The department is still advising it is safe to travel to anywhere in Italy, apart from 10 towns where the outbreak originated, meaning flights are still scheduled to depart to Milan and others areas in Lombardy where 16 million Italians are in mandatory quarantine.

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Leaked coronavirus plan to quarantine 16m sparks chaos in Italy

Thousands tried to flee south after decree to confine people until 3 April was revealed

Italy has been plunged into chaos after details of a plan to quarantine more than 16 million people in the north amid an escalating coronavirus outbreak were leaked to the press, sending thousands into panic as they tried to flee south.

The whole of Lombardy, including its financial capital of Milan, and 14 provinces across the worst-affected northern regions, have been shut down until 3 April as Italy grapples to contain the spread of a virus that has so far killed 233 people and infected 5,883.

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Italy lockdown: PM outlines new measures to prevent spread of coronavirus – video

Giuseppe Conte announced a range of tough new measures in the early hours of Sunday to try to contain Italy’s coronavirus outbreak, including the virtual lockdown of the country’s wealthiest and most populous region. The new rules include telling people not to enter or leave Lombardy, which is home to about 10 million people, and dozen provinces in four of Italy’s 19 other regions. The draconian steps come after the number of coronavirus cases in Europe’s worst-hit country reached 5,883 on Saturday.

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Coronavirus: quarter of Italy’s population put in quarantine as virus reaches Washington DC

Giuseppe Conte signs decree early on Sunday after 1,200 cases confirmed in 24 hours

Italy has formally locked down more than a quarter of its population in a bid to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, as the outbreak reached Washington DC and a political convention attended by Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

More than 5,800 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Italy, after an alarming increase of more than 1,200 in a single 24-hour period. Two hundred and thirty-three people have died. Almost 100 countries are now responding to outbreaks.

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Italy set to quarantine whole of Lombardy due to coronavirus

Government’s draft decree would impose fines on anyone caught entering or leaving northern region

The Italian government is set to place the region of Lombardy, in the north of the country, in lockdown as it battles to contain the spread of the coronavirus. A draft decree would extend the quarantined areas, so-called “red-zones”, telling people not to enter or leave the region.

The country is grappling to contain Europe’s worst outbreak of Covid-19, which has claimed 233 lives and infected a total of 5,883 people.

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Spanish town faces police lockdown to contain coronavirus

Residents in Haro told to stay home after 60 of country’s cases traced to funeral in nearby city

Police have been deployed to lock down entire blocks of a neighbourhood in Haro, a small town in northern Spain, after dozens of cases of coronavirus were traced back to a funeral held in the nearby Basque country two weeks ago.

Spain has so far confirmed 430 cases of the virus – 60 of which originated among people who attended a funeral service in the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, according to Spain’s National Microbiology Centre.

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Leader of Italian Democratic party has coronavirus

Nicola Zingaretti is first leading Italian politician to test positive for the virus

Nicola Zingaretti, the leader of Italy’s Democratic party, one of the national ruling parties, has tested positive for coronavirus.

Zingaretti, who is also president of the Lazio region, made the announcement in a Facebook video.

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School closures and cancelled weddings in Turin: life in the shadow of coronavirus | Hana Abul Husn

There are not many face masks around – but we hide our fears via memes and jokes about Covid-19

Even though the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) had been in the news for a while, we were not particularly concerned in Turin – until a few weeks ago. Turin is in Piedmont, about 200km (125 miles) from Milan in the Lombardy region, which has had an alarming number of cases. A steady stream of stories from there about toilet-paper stockpiling and limits of two people at a time entering the usually overflowing coffee bars has been reaching us. Letting the paranoia get the better of me, I asked my husband to do a quick check of the shops earlier in the week – but luckily, for now, we are still well supplied here.

I work remotely from home so already feel quite isolated, but I would still describe this as a particularly lonely period. I miss the loud weekly union and climate protests that I used to hear from my window as I worked. It’s a lot quieter now. This is usually a very active part of town. You can feel the absence of those things.

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