France must prepare for a coronavirus epidemic, President Emmanuel Macron says, but Italy - the worst-affected country in Europe - says misleading news is creating an "infodemic".
Several European countries have announced their first coronavirus cases, all apparently linked to the growing outbreak in Italy.
A hotel in Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands has been locked down after a visiting Italian doctor tested positive for coronavirus.
Fears are growing that the coronavirus outbreak could reach pandemic scale as more cases emerge around the world.
South Korea has stepped up measures to contain the spread of the deadly new coronavirus, as confirmed infections increased sharply for a second day.
A religious group in South Korea has been identified as a coronavirus hotbed, officials say, amid a sharp rise in confirmed cases in the country.
Hundreds of passengers who tested negative for the new coronavirus have begun leaving a
Health officials in China have published the first details of more than 44,000 cases of Covid-19, in the biggest study since the outbreak began.
Two planes carrying hundreds of US citizens from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan have arrived in the US.