The latest on the coronavirus spreading in China and beyond

A nurse works at an ICU ward specialised for patients infected by coronavirus in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province. Picture: Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP

Fears grew on Monday that the coronavirus outbreak in China will grow into a pandemic with disruptive and deadly consequences for countries around the world, after sharp rises in infections in South Korea, Italy and Iran.

* The virus has killed 2,442 and infected 76,936 people in China, and slammed the brakes on the world’s second-largest economy.

* International worries about the spread of coronavirus outside China grew, with the World Health Organization (WHO) expressing concern about the number of cases with no clear epidemiological link.

* Outside China, there have been more than 1,400 cases in 28 countries, the WHO said on Saturday. That includes one confirmed case on the African continent, in Egypt.

* Italy is battling the largest flare-up of the disease yet seen in Europe, with three people dying of the illness since Friday and more than 150 cases reported.

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