Worldwide updates on novel coronavirus. As the coronavirus death toll reaches 1,113 the number of cases has seen a downward trend.
Another 97 people died in China, raising the national toll to 1,113, with more than 44,600 people now infected.
New Name for the epidemic
At the conference the WHO also announces a new name for the epidemic: COVID-19, in keeping with guidelines aimed at avoiding linking disease to an animal or a geographic location.
More infections aboard cruise ship
An additional 39 people aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan’s coast tested positive for the coronavirus, raising the total number of cases to 174 — the biggest cluster outside China.
French global luxury goods group Kering warns the coronavirus outbreak poses a real threat and has hit sales badly in China, one of its top markets.
The South Korean unit of General Motors, the biggest US car company, announced a partial suspension of operations next week due to shortages of parts from China.
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