Passengers wear face masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive on a flight from Asia at Los Angeles International Airport, California, on January 29, 2020.
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10:30 am: Swedish health authority confirms first case of coronavirus
Sweden’s Public Health Agency said a woman tested positive for coronavirus and was being kept isolated at a hospital in southern Sweden, the country’s first confirmed case. The woman visited Wuhan and experienced symptoms after her return to Sweden, the agency said in a statement.
10:15 am: Delta, American will suspend all China flights starting Feb. 6
Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are planning to suspend their already reduced service to China as the rapid spread of coronavirus hurts demand to the country for airlines around the world. Delta said its China service suspension will begin Feb. 6 and last through April 30, but it will continue to operate the service until then to “ensure customers looking to exit China have options to do so.” Dozens of carriers including United, Cathay Pacific, British Airways and others have slashed or suspended service to China because of the outbreak. Delta was the first in the U.S. to suspend service altogether.
10 am: Italy declares coronavirus emergency
Italy declared a six-month state of emergency after two Chinese tourists in the country tested positive for the coronavirus in the first cases detected in the country. The move will enable authorities to make rapid decisions if needed. Italy has already banned all flights to and from China. The two patients came from Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus, and fell ill during their trip to Italy.
7:30 am: China says confirmed cases of coronavirus climbs to nearly 10,000
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen to 9,782 in mainland China, according to Chinese authorities. The new cases in China bring the global total to nearly 10,000 cases with at least 213 deaths. British health officials confirmed the first two cases of the coronavirus in the U.K., less than 24 hours after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global emergency.
6:50 am: Singapore bans Chinese travelers
Singapore’s health ministry banned entry to all Chinese visitors and foreigners with a recent history of travel to China. The move, which effectively shuts out the island’s largest group of visitors, takes effect Saturday. It is the first Southeast Asian country to implement a travel ban for China travelers to contain the outbreak. The announcement came after the U.S. State Department raised its travel advisory on Thursday for China from Level 3 to Level 4. The State Department only flags a handful of countries as Level 4, its highest warning “due to a greater likelihood of life-threatening risks.”
6:46 am: Chinese movie to premiere online after virus outbreak
The film “Enter the Fat Dragon” will premiere via video streaming on Saturday, makers China iQiyi Inc said, after plans for the film’s premiere in theaters were affected by the outbreak. It will be the second film to debut online because of the outbreak following Huanxi Media Group’s decision to premiere “Lost in Russia” on Bytedance’s online platforms.
Read CNBC’s coverage from our Asia-Pacific team overnight: China says coronavirus death toll hits 213 as Britain, Russia report first cases
— Reuters and CNBC’s Sam Meredith contributed this report.
Correction: An earlier version reported an incorrect figure for mainland China. As of 7:30 a.m. ET, 9,782 cases were reported there, bringing the worldwide total to almost 10,000.