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Georgina Rannard, Tom Spender, Joshua Cheetham, Adrian Dalingwater, Robert Greenall and Alexandra Fouché

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  1. Live coverage pausing

    That's the end of our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic on the day the US decided to extend its travel ban to the UK and Republic of Ireland and Spain made preparations for a national lockdown.

    Join us tomorrow for further news as it happens, and analysis and reporting from our correspondents on the ground.

    You can read more on the developing story of France's sweeping new restrictions here.

  2. BreakingFrance announces sweeping restrictions

    French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has ordered the closure of all non-essential public locations from midnight (23:00 GMT Saturday) in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

    The measure applies to restaurants, cafes, cinemas and nightclubs, as well as "non-essential" businesses.

    Mr Philippe also called on French people to reduce their travel, especially between towns.

  3. Wuhan medics visit Rome

    wuhan docs in Rome

    Nine doctors and nurses from China who worked on the frontline of the first coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan visited the Italian capital Rome on Saturday.

    They brought supplies, and shared their experiences of tackling the virus at a hospital in the Italian capital which specialises in infectious diseases.

    Speaking to journalists outside the Spallanzani hospital, they said that they believed the Italian doctors they had met in Rome were doing a very good job, and that the measures the Italian government had taken across the country met the international standard required.

    They said that in China, they had learned that detecting infection early and quarantining early was very important in bringing the virus under control. They also said that releasing information to the media regularly was important for transparency.

  4. More airports in Yemen to close

    Yemen's government says it is suspending all flights to and from airports under its control for two weeks from 18 March.

    Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed's office said there would be an exemption for flights for humanitarian purposes.

    The main airports his government controls are Aden, Sayoun and Mukalla.

    Earlier on Saturday, Houthi rebels said they were closing the capital Sanaa's airport. It means United Nations flights can no longer fly into Sanaa.

    All other flights to Sanaa had already been banned by the Saudi-led military coalition that is backing the government against the Houthis.

  5. BreakingFrance reports more than 800 new cases

    France now has 4,499 confirmed cases, up from 3,661 on Friday, officials say.

    Some 91 people have died in the country after getting the virus, up from 79 on Friday.

  6. Jump in Czech coronavirus cases

    There are now 189 coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic - a rise of 39 since the morning.

    Neighbouring Slovakia is reporting 44 positive cases. Both countries have introduced draconian measures to slow the spread of the virus. The authorities say the measures will be tightened even further if the situation deteriorates.

    Meanwhile, Slovenian TV is reporting the first coronavirus death in the country.

  7. Body Shop suspends demos and tester pots

    The international beauty brand says it is stopping demonstrations of make-up and other products, and will no longer supplying tester pots for customers to try out goods. Trying out make-up products is seen as a core part of the consumer's experience.

    The company wants to minimise skin-to-skin contact in stores, it said in an email to customers.

    "At the Body Shop our store teams always follow strict hygiene protocols. We have reinforced these in line with the latest World Health Organization guidelines," it said.

    Earlier in the week MAC Cosmestics introduced a "no-touch" policy at its counters.

    A make-up counter with a demonstration in action
  8. Washing hands no longer 'a luxury'

    Ireland's deputy prime minister says the coronavirus is going to change the way in which everyone lives – and that hand washing can no longer be seen as "a luxury" if vulnerable people are to be protected.

    Simon Coveney was speaking after a meeting between senior ministers from the Irish government and the Northern Ireland Executive.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: 'We are confronted with a new challenge'
  9. Norway will close airports and ports from Monday

    Norway's Prime Minsiter Erna Solberg

    All airports and ports in Norway will be shut from 0800 local time on Monday, Prime Minister Erna Solberg has said.

    All Norwegians abroad will be able to return as aircraft with citizens on board will be allowed to land, Ms Solberg confirmed.

    The country reported its second death from coronavirus on Saturday, with 907 confirmed cases.

    The government is in talks with Norwegian Air regarding the airlifting of medical equipment from China.

  10. What's the latest from around Europe?

    A man wearing a protective mask in Seville

    Several European countries have reported steep rises in infections and deaths in recent days, and the continent has become the new "epicentre" of the pandemic, according to the World Health Organization.

    Governments are taking emergency measures to curb the outbreak, including school closures, travel bans and economic stimulus packages to protect jobs.

    If you're just joining us, here's a recap of some of the biggest developments today:

    • Spain has recorded 1,500 more cases of Covid-19 since Friday evening - nearly 1,000 of these are in the capital, Madrid. This brings the national total to 191 deaths and 6,046 infections, and to curb the spread the government is poised to declare a 15-day national lockdown on Monday. This means people would be allowed out only for emergencies or work, or to buy food.
    • Italy continues to be the worst-hit country in Europe. Its official death toll has jumped 14% to 1,441, and total confirmed cases have risen to 21,157.
    • Denmark reported its first death from the virus - an 81-year-old who was already in hospital for a serious illness.
    • The Czech government has ordered shops and restaurants to close for 10 days. Schools have already been closed in the country and bans are in place on public events like sports games and concerts.
    • Norway has announced that it will temporarily close all its airports from Monday 0800 CET (0700 GMT) to stop the virus from spreading
  11. South Africa cases rise to 38

    The official number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has rise to 38, up from 24 on Friday.

    Elsewhere on the continent, more than 20 countries have been affected by the outbreak.

    Egypt has the most reported infections - currently 93 - followed by its northern neighbours Algeria and Tunisia.

  12. Highlights of Trump's latest announcements

    As well as confirming that non-Americans will no longer be able to travel to the US from the UK and Ireland, President Donald Trump also announced some significant new measures in the US effort to tackle the pandemic.

    Here are the highlights from his news conference:

    • Free coronavirus testing will be available for everyone in the US who needs it. "It provides free coronavirus testing for ininsured Americans, so now testing will be free for every American," Vice-President Mike Pence said
    • Paid sick and family medical leave will be available, including for families affected by school closures, Mr Trump said
    • The administration is working with companies who will be affected financially, he added
    • "It’s good if stores close. We want to keep people away for a while," the president commented about large American shops closing their doors
    • The latest death toll in the US has reached 51
    • There are 2,226 cases of the new coronavirus, but the outbreak has not yet reached its peak, the top US infectious diseases expert said
    President Donald Trump speaking in the White House on Saturday
  13. The moment US announced travel ban for UK and Ireland

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: US to suspend all UK and Ireland travel
  14. BreakingUS travel ban from UK and Ireland confirmed

    The ban on travel to the US from UK and Ireland will begin at 00:00 Eastern time on Tuesday (04:00 GMT), US Vice-President Mike Pence has confirmed.

    He said US citizens and US legal residents would still be able to return to the US from those countries after the ban came into effect.

    They would be "funnelled through specific airports" and told to self-quarantine, he said.

  15. US travel ban 'to be extended to the UK and Ireland'

    The ban on travel to the US from many European countries is to be extended to the UK and Ireland following the rise in coronavirus cases there, President Trump appeared to confirm.

    He said the measure was "going to be announced".

    Earlier US media reported that the move was imminent.

  16. Trump has tested for the virus

    President Donald Trump has said he took a test for the new coronavirus on Friday night. He expects the results in the next one to two days, he told journalists at the White House.

    US President Donald Trump in the White House
    Image caption: US President Donald Trump in the White House
  17. 'It's virus-busy' in Washington DC

    Helier Cheung

    BBC News

    A US pharmacy warning that hand sanitisers may be in short stock
    Image caption: A US pharmacy warning that hand sanitisers may be in short stock

    Stockpiling and panic buying seems to have stepped up a notch over the past few days, since President Donald Trump banned visitors from Europe's Schengen area and announced a national emergency.

    Masks and hand sanitisers have been missing from shelves for weeks - now pharmacies have started putting up signs outside the shop doors, pre-emptively warning people they are out of stock. Even sanitising wipes and thermometers are limited to two or four per customer - and appear to be sold out on most days.

    People have also been stocking up on food in anticipation of the need to self-isolate or work from home. At one local supermarket, the check out queue was so long it wound the entire way around the store - all the way to the front of the shop, and then back to near the cashiers - with customers waiting about 20 minutes before they could pay for their groceries.

    I asked the cashier if it was normally this busy on a Saturday morning. She replied with a resigned smile: "It's virus busy."

    Queues in a supermarket in Washington DC
    Image caption: Queues in a supermarket in Washington DC
  18. Temperature checks for people in contact with Trump

    Everyone who comes into contact with President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence will have their temperature checked, the White House spokesperson Judd Deere says.

    “Out of an abundance of caution, temperature checks are now being performed on any individuals who are in close contact with the President and Vice President,” he said.

    Journalist Courtney Subramanian tweeted that a reporter has been escorted out of the White House briefing room after his temperature was found to be too high.

    On Saturday Mr Trump tweeted a reminder of the measures people should take to avoid spreading the new coronavirus.

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  19. 'We work with a smile, but we are scared'

    A group of Spanish nurses have appealed to people to obey the quarantine measures and stay at home.

    "We are afraid. Although we attend to you with a smile, we are scared," they wrote in a Facebook post.

    "We have families, like you. Please do not aggravate the problem. We can't do more, we are saturated.".

    Spain has declared a national emergency and announced 1,500 new cases on Saturday.

    Spanish media are expecting the government to announce a lockdown similar to the quarantine in Italy, which would allow people out of their homes only in emergencies, to buy food or to go to work.

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  20. French 'yellow vests' flout ban

    The "gilets jaunes" (yellow vest) protest movement took to the streets of Paris on Saturday, defying a government ban on gatherings of more than 100 people.

    Several hundred people marched in the city, and police arrested 17.

    The group frequently organise large anti-establishment protests to highlight rises in the the cost of living - particularly petrol.