Sixth patient confirmed to have coronavirus is husband to existing patient

Scramble to contain coronavirus as infections spread in Europe

Mr Morrison said the announcement meant they would be upping their COVID-19 preparation, including ensuring stockpiles of medical supplies and personnel.

Globally, at least 80,000 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Asia reported hundreds of new cases, Brazil confirmed Latin America's first infection and the new disease also hit Pakistan, Greece and Algeria.

The increasing spread of COVID-19 coronavirus outside mainland China has sparked fears of the disease itself but also of the lasting impact it will have on global economies.

Scott Morrison has announced at a press conference that he believes a coronavirus pandemic is upon the world, and that his government will be acting accordingly.

It's a unanimous assessment of the 25-member team which has conducted a nine-day field study trip to China's Beijing, Guangdong, Sichuan and Hubei, stressed Aylward.

More than 82,000 people have so far contracted the virus worldwide, as the death toll surpassed 2,800. That suggests the disease is rapidly spreading across new countries.

Health Minister Christine Elliott's director of communications says the husband was not in Iran with his wife, and this marks the first time Ontario has seen a case of human-to-human transmission - the patients in all of the other cases had a recent travel history to China. Global News will have that livestream here. Brazil's stock index fell over 7 per cent.

In France, a second person died - a teacher who had not visited any country with a known outbreak.

In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for sports and cultural events to be scrapped or curtailed for two weeks to stem the virus as concern mounted for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

There have been almost 50 deaths outside China, including 12 in Italy and 19 in Iran, according to a Reuters tally. The sudden increases of cases in Italy, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Korea are deeply concerning.



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