#worldnews | Coronavirus outbreak news live: Latest updates as San Francisco declares state of emergency


Coronavirus has spread to countries across Europe with Germany, Spain, Austria, Switzerland and Croatia all reporting their first cases after hundreds of people caught the disease in Italy and 11 were killed.

In the UK, schools have closed their doors and warned pupils to self-isolate following their return from trips abroad, and England’s top doctor warned British families may have to be quarantined and transport services cut back in the event of a global pandemic. World Health Organisation official Dr Bruce Aylward urged governments to act “as if the virus is going to show up tomorrow. You’re in an incredibly interconnected world”. The NHS is to begin random testing of flu patients, as it ramps up precautionary measures.

US experts have now warned that “this might be bad”, and that the spread of coronavirus in communities across America was now a question of when, not if. Donald Trump has asked congress for $2.5bn (£1.9bn) to combat the virus. And on Wednesday morning, a confirmed case of coronavirus has been uncovered in Brazil, meaning it was now present on all of Earth’s inhabited continents.

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