Coronavirus latest: South Korea reports 'critical moment' after 594 new cases – live

US strengthens travel advice, raising Iran and Italy to a level three, advising people to ‘avoid nonessential travel’. Follow live news

Hello, this is Damien Gayle in London, taking the reins of the live blog. As usual, as well as contributions from the Guardian’s network of correspondents, the news wires and social media, I will be relying on your input to help report the global developments in the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. If you have any information, ideas or questions, then contact me at or via my Twitter profile @damiengayle.

You can read a wrap of these developments here.

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