The coronavirus death toll has climbed to seven in Italy and several Middle East countries were dealing with their first infections, sending markets into a tailspin over fears of a global pandemic even as China eased curbs with no new cases reported in Beijing and other cities.
* The virus has infected nearly 77,000 people and killed more than 2500 in China, most of them in Hubei.
* More than 3000 medical staff in China have been infected, an official at China's National Health Commission said on Monday.
* The coronavirus outbreak can still be beaten, the World Health Organisation said on Monday, insisting it was premature to declare it a pandemic.
* Beijing warned its citizens on Monday against travelling to the United States, saying that Chinese tourists have been treated unfairly due to excessive prevention measures.
* Outside China, the outbreak has spread to about 29 countries and territories, with a death toll of about two dozen, according to a Reuters tally.
* The coronavirus death toll climbed to seven in Italy with some 220 infections on Monday.
* An air transport strike planned for Tuesday in Italy has been postponed until further notice.
* France on Monday blocked coach passengers coming from Milan over concerns one Italian on board might be infected, local health authorities said. Ireland cautioned citizens against travelling to virus-hit parts of Italy.
* South Korea reported 231 new cases, taking total infections to 833, health authorities said on Monday.
* Hong Kong's government warned residents on Monday to avoid all non-essential travel to South Korea.
* Hong Kong said it had 74 confirmed cases, up from 69 on Saturday. The death toll is three.
* Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Iraq on Monday recorded their first new coronavirus cases, all people who had been in Iran, raised its virus toll to 12 dead and 61 infected.
* Afghanistan confirmed its first case, declaring a state of emergency in a territory bordering Iran.
* Iraq shut a border crossing with Kuwait to travellers and trade at Kuwait's request.
* Qatar will ask passengers from Iran and South Korea to remain in home isolation or a quarantine facility for 14 days, Qatar Airways said on Monday.
* French minister said on Monday he saw no need to shut transport borders between France and Italy despite the spread of coronavirus.
* A third passenger from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan died on Sunday, while confirmed cases have reached 691.
* Greek organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame lighting ceremony said on Monday they have taken extra precautions for the torch's months-long relay.
* The Trump administration has backed off plans to quarantine patients from the cruise ship at a federal facility in Alabama.
* Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund predicted the outbreak would lower China's growth this year to 5.6 per cent and shave 0.1 percentage points from global growth.
* Finance chiefs of the world's top 20 economies vowed to monitor the virus impact on global growth and act if needed.
* China will intensify efforts to help cushion the blow to the economy from the virus that authorities are still trying to control, President Xi Jinping said.
* China's trade council says 3325 force majeure certificates related to the outbreak have been issued as of Feruary. 21, covering contracts worth around 270 billion yuan ($A57.89 billion).
* Vietnam's central bank ordered commercial banks on Monday to cut or delay loan payments from virus-hit firms.
* European shares suffered their biggest slump since mid-2016 on Monday and oil plunged almost 5 per cent in reaction to a jump in coronavirus cases in Italy, South Korea, Japan and Iran.