China's National Health Commission reported 143 new confirmed cases as of March 5, and 30 more deaths.
Of the new cases, 126 were from the epicenter of Hubei, and 29 of the 30 additional deaths were from that province.
That brings the country's total to 80,552 confirmed cases, and 3,042 deaths. — Tan
South Korea reports 518 new cases, 7 more deaths
South Korea reported 518 new cases as of Friday morning, bringing its total to 6,284 cases.
There were seven more deaths, bringing the country's total to 42 deaths, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. — Tan
South Korea slams Japan's decision to quarantine visitors from its country
South Korea called Japan's decision to impose a two-week quarantine for visitors from its country "unreasonable, excessive and extremely regrettable," according to a Reuters report.
Seoul's foreign ministry will summon the Japanese ambassador on Friday to lodge a complaint, it said, according to Reuters. — Tan
Death toll from coronavirus in Italy rises to 148
Italy reported 41 new deaths from coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the death toll to 148, the second highest outside of China, where just over 3,000 people have died since the outbreak began in December.
The virus has reached all 22 regions of Italy, and prompted Rome to take unprecedented measures, including suspending all schools and universities and unveiling an $8.4-billion rescue plan.
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom reported its first death from coronavirus on Thursday, an elderly person with underlying health conditions, while Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and South Africa reported their first cases.
In the United States, Congress has voted for a $8.3bn emergency funding package to fight the coronavirus as the death toll rose to 11.