Italy, Iran report big jump in deaths, governments worldwide order people off streets, stop travel to curb spread.
The United States and countries across Europe are closing schools, entertainment venues and all but essential services, as they step up efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
More cases are now being added outside China, where the virus first originated late last year, than inside.
Schools in New York City have been shut with classes moved online, and entertainment venues have been ordered to close from Tuesday, as officials increasingly turn to quarantine measures to tackle a virus that has now killed 5,800 people around the world.
Governments are also limiting travel – both inward and outward – to curb the movement of people. South Korea and China, both wary of imported infections, have tightened requirements for international arrivals.
Italy reported 368 new deaths from the coronavirus while the number of confirmed cases rose to 24,747, the country’s civil protection authority said.
Iran announced more than 100 people had died in the past 24 hours, with the confirmed cases nearing 14,000. Tehran said its fight against the outbreak was being severely hampered by US sanctions.