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As it happened: EU raises coronavirus risk to 'moderate to high' as France reports third death

A man wears a protective face masks walk as he arrives at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France, on February 29, 2020.
A man wears a protective face masks walk as he arrives at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France, on February 29, 2020. © Gonzalo Fuentes, REUTERS

As the number of countries with coronavirus cases continued to climb and public health authorities and economic powers worldwide sought to coordinate responses, FRANCE 24 brought you Monday's developments in the liveblog below.

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  • Nearly 90,000 people worldwide have been infected with coronavirus and more than 3,000 have died from the COVID-19 illness the virus causes.
  • Italy said it had surpassed 50 deaths while the US toll reached six – all in the state of Washington – and France reported a third fatality.
  • Australia and Thailand reported their first deaths on Sunday; Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Portugal and Iceland were among the countries confirming their first cases on Monday.
  • G7 and eurozone finance ministers will discuss coordinated responses to the coronavirus crisis on Wednesday.
  • The new coronavirus has dented European tourism revenue by €1 billion per month, EU internal markets commissioner Thierry Breton said Monday. In Paris, Louvre Museum employees voted Monday to stay off the job for a second consecutive day over coronavirus concerns.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron has cancelled two planned events to concentrate on a response to the coronavirus crisis, his office announced Monday.
  • The WHO's chief said on Monday that nine times more cases had been reported outside China than inside over the previous 24 hours. "The epidemics in the Republic of Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan are our greatest concern," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a briefing.

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