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Coronavirus Breaking News: second UK MP enters self-isolation as Belgium records first death

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The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus has surpassed 115,000, with the death toll reaching more than 4,200, as countries around the world continue to grapple with the challenges of containing the pandemic.

Coronavirus breaking news: second UK MP enters self-isolation as Belgium records first death

York MP Rachael Maskell self-isolates, Bank of England cuts base rate, US cases pass 1,000 and deaths rise sharply again in Italy.

Coronavirus outbreak worsens in Italy and Japan, as situation stabilizes in China.

The York MP Rachael Maskell has confirmed that she has been advised to self-isolate after having a meeting with Nadine Dorries last Thursday – she says that she is asymptomatic.

My colleague Stephen Burgen in Barcelona reports that the festival of las Fallas in Valencia has become the latest victim of coronavirus in Spain after the regional government suspended the city’s biggest event indefinitely.

This report from Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (in french) states that Belgium has recorded its first death as a result of Covid-19. A 90-year old man from Brussels has died. Thanks to reader Tara Connolly for bringing this to our attention.

The number of cases in Europe continues to rise, with more than 10,000 in Italy
A UK health minister, Nadine Dorries, is among 382 cases in Britain.

Bank of England cuts interest rates from 0.75% to 0.25% to shore up economy.

Some key industries in Wuhan, where the outbreak began, will restart.

There are now more than 1,000 confirmed cases in the US.

Troops will deliver food to quarantined people in New Rochelle, New York.

Google's parent company asks North American staff to work from home.

One of the world's biggest music festivals, Coachella, postponed until October.

Australia announces A$2.4bn health package.