Toll rises as coronavirus tightens global grip: Live updates
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Italy, Iran report big jump in deaths, governments worldwide order people off streets, stop travel to curb spread.
The United States and countries across Europe are closing schools, entertainment venues and all but essential services, as they step up efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Schools in New York City have been shut with classes moved online, and entertainment venues have been ordered to close from Tuesday, as officials increasingly turn to quarantine measures to tackle a virus that has now killed 5,800 people around the world.

Governments are also limiting travel - both inward and outward - to curb the movement of people and introducing new restrictions on arrivals from overseas. South Korea and China, both wary of imported infections, have tightened requirements for international arrivals.


Italy reported 368 new deaths from the coronavirus while the number of confirmed cases rose to 24,747, according to the country's civil protection authority said.Â

Iran announced more than 100 people had died in the past 24 hours, with the confirmed cases nearing 14,000. Tehran said its fight against the outbreak was being severely hampered by US sanctions.

Here are the latest updates:

Monday, March 16

05:30 GMT - Philippines imposing strict measures to protect Duterte from coronavirus

The Philippines has outlined a host of measures designed to protect Rodrigo Duterte, the country's 74-year-old president, from the coronavirus.

Local broadcaster ABS-CBN says the measures include a 'no touch' policy at large events and mandatory COVID-19 tests at private functions. Â


05:15 GMT - Turkey reports 12 new coronavirus cases

Turkey has identified 12 new cases of coronavirus, bringing its total to 18, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Monday, marking the highest daily increase since the country announced its first case last week.

Koca said two of the new cases were related to the first case reported in the country, seven had travelled from Europe and three from the United States.

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