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8:01 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Iran cases surge to over 8,000, the second highest outside China

From CNN’s Ramin Mostaghim in Tehran

Medical workers talk in a hospital ward for coronavirus patients in Tehran, Iran, on March 8.
Medical workers talk in a hospital ward for coronavirus patients in Tehran, Iran, on March 8. Credit: Mohammad Ghadamali/AP

Iran on Tuesday confirmed 8,042 coronavirus cases, the second-highest number outside of China, after Italy.

The Middle East country had 291 deaths from the virus, a Health Ministry spokesman said on state TV.

The vast majority of cases -- 2,114 -- were in the capital Tehran.

Here's a quick recap of the top five countries with confirmed cases, from CNN's latest tally:

Globally: 114,633 cases (4,072 deaths)

Mainland China: 80,754 (3,136)

Italy: 9,172 (463)

Iran: 8,042 (291)

South Korea: 7,513 (54)

Japan: 1,210 (16)

9:22 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

“We don’t know” how many coronavirus tests have been done, says US health secretary

From CNN’s Amanda Watts

The CDC's laboratory test kit for the 2019 novel coronavirus.
The CDC's laboratory test kit for the 2019 novel coronavirus. Credit: CDC

US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says his department isn’t sure how many tests for the novel coronavirus have been performed in the United States.

Speaking to CNN’s John Berman on New Day Tuesday, Azar said: “We don't know exactly how many because of hundreds of thousands of our tests have gone out to private labs and hospitals that currently do not report in to CDC.

"We're working with the CDC and those partners to get an IT reporting system up and running hopefully this week where we would be able to get that data to keep track of how many we're testing,” he added.

Azar went on to say: “We think we've got probably 10,000 a day could be getting tested by the end of the week -- 20,000 a day according to a study by AEI that I've heard about. We've got 2.1 million tests available, 1.1 million have shipped. We actually have a surplus at the moment that are awaiting orders to be shipped.”

“A private vendor shipped most of those 1.1 million that shipped were from a private vendor selling to their customers, and those entities that used their tests do not have to report back to CDC. But we're trying to set up a reporting system where they would in effect do that,” Azar said.

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7:33 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Czech Republic becomes latest European country to shut schools

From Tomas Etzler in Prague and Ivana Kottasova in London

Czech Health Minister Adam Vojtech, left, and Prime Minister Andrej Babis speak at a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic, on Tuesday.
Czech Health Minister Adam Vojtech, left, and Prime Minister Andrej Babis speak at a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic, on Tuesday. Credit: Katerina Sulova/CTK/AP Images

From tomorrow, all schools and universities in the Czech Republic will close, following in the footsteps of dozens of countries around the world which have shut educational institutions in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Only kindergartens will remain open, under the measures announced by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš at a press conference Tuesday.

Gatherings of more than 100 people will also be banned, he added.

It follows similar clampdowns in Italy and Spain, forcing parents to rethink their routines and wreaking havoc on daily life.

The "global scale and speed of the current educational disruption is unparalleled," the United Nations warned last week.

CNN's Ben Wedeman spoke to Italian parents about coping with the strain of kids in lockdown here.

7:13 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Barcelona-Napoli football match will happen behind closed doors

From CNN’s Aleks Klosok in London

Next week's UEFA Champions League clash between Barcelona and Napoli will happen without any fans in the stands due to fears over coronavirus spreading, FC Barcelona said on Twitter Tuesday.

The match, slated for Wednesday March 18, is the latest UEFA fixture to be affected by the virus.

Valencia's match against Atalanta on Tuesday March 10, and Paris St Germain's fixture with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, March 11 are also set to go ahead without supporters.

A gate of the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris is pictured on Monday, ahead of UEFA Champions League Group A match between Paris Saint-Germain and Dortmund scheduled for Wednesday.
A gate of the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris is pictured on Monday, ahead of UEFA Champions League Group A match between Paris Saint-Germain and Dortmund scheduled for Wednesday. Credit: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

7:07 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Coronavirus is now in every EU country, as Cyprus detects its first two cases

From CNN’s Ivana Kottasova and Eliza Mackintosh

Members of the EU Parliament arrive at the beginning of a plenary session in Brussels on Tuesday, which has been reduced to a single day due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Members of the EU Parliament arrive at the beginning of a plenary session in Brussels on Tuesday, which has been reduced to a single day due to the coronavirus outbreak. Credit: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Every country in the European Union now has cases of coronavirus, with Cyprus having detected two cases as of Tuesday, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said.

6:31 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Coronavirus cases in Florida rise to 15

Broward County commissioner Michael Udine, Mayor Dale V.C. Holness, and Dr. Paula Thaqi, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Broward County take questions from the media about coronavirus cases in Plantation, Florida, on March 7.
Broward County commissioner Michael Udine, Mayor Dale V.C. Holness, and Dr. Paula Thaqi, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Broward County take questions from the media about coronavirus cases in Plantation, Florida, on March 7. Credit: Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service/Getty Images

The Florida Department of Health has announced a new positive case of coronavirus this morning.

The patient is a 69-year-old woman in South Florida's Broward County. She is in isolation and will remain so "until cleared by public health officials,” according to a news release from the state's health department. 

The state of Florida has now identified 15 coronavirus patients, two of whom have died.

6:11 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

A city in hard-hit Hubei province said life will go back to normal "soon"

From CNN’s Shanshan Wang in Beijing

The city of Qianjiang in Hubei province says it will “restore normal production and living order soon” in a notice published following a meeting by government officials Tuesday.

There was no date set in the announcement but the notice said “all traffic checkpoints in the city will be lifted, all public transportation will be restored, and all enterprises will resume work and production.”

The city is home to about a million people, according to government figures.

The latest government assessment, published on March 7, classified Qianjiang as a “high risk” area -- meaning new cluster cases have been reported in the area in the past 14 days.

Hubei and its capital, Wuhan, are ground zero for the global pandemic. As of the end of the day Monday, Chinese authorities had reported 67,760 cases and 3,024 deaths in the province. 

The situation there appears to have markedly improved in recent days. The number of infections identified each day in Hubei were in the thousands just weeks ago. Today it was 17.

Chinese President Xi Jinping today visited Wuhan for the first time since the outbreak, a major show of confidence that China has turned a corner..

Provincial authorities also announced today that Hubei will issue health codes for residents who want to travel within the province, in the first stage of a gradual lifting of travel restrictions.

6:36 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

How the coronavirus pandemic is spreading across the world

The coronavirus has spread across the globe, reaching every continent except Antarctica. Here's a look at the situation in each region of the world:

Asia-Pacific: The situation has calmed in China, where the pandemic began. The slowdown in cases has seen travel restrictions begin to lift, and even a visit to Wuhan -- ground zero for the outbreak -- by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Medical staff celebrate after all coronavirus patients were discharged from a temporary hospital in Wuhan on Monday.
Medical staff celebrate after all coronavirus patients were discharged from a temporary hospital in Wuhan on Monday. Credit: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Meanwhile in South Korea, cases also appear to be slowing down this week, but the country is not out of the woods just yet -- authorities just reported 50 cases tied to a single call center in Seoul.

Australia is having a harder time, with cases reaching 100 today, after reporting no new cases for almost a month. Some 22 patients have recovered, and three have died.

Mongolia also reported its first case today -- after months of no confirmed infections, despite being surrounded by virus-hit countries.

United States: Cases continue to rise in the US, with several states declaring states of emergency. Schools and universities are beginning to suspend classes or move them online, while big events like the annual South by Southwest conference have been canceled.

Several congressmen are also under self-quarantine after coming into contact with an infected patient, as tensions rise between state authorities and the Trump administration over its handling of the outbreak.

Europe: The European outbreak appears to be worsening, with Italy at the heart of the crisis. The entire country is now under lockdown, with movement restricted, events canceled, schools shut, and public services suspended.

Italian Carabinieri police officers stop cars at a check point on the border between the quarantined provinces of Modena and Bologna in Valsamoggia, Italy, on Monday.
Italian Carabinieri police officers stop cars at a check point on the border between the quarantined provinces of Modena and Bologna in Valsamoggia, Italy, on Monday. Credit: Piero Cruciatti/AFP/Getty Images

A total of 97 people have died in Italy since Sunday, bringing the country's death toll to 463.

Nearby countries are also feeling the impact; Germany has reported significant spikes in daily new cases this week, as well as its first coronavirus death. France reported 286 cases on Monday -- including the minister of culture.

Middle East: Iran remains the hardest-hit of the Middle Eastern countries, with more than 7,000 cases -- including the head of the country's Crisis Management Organization. Other Middle Eastern countries continue to report new cases, including Lebanon today.

These countries are continuing emergency measures that were introduced in late February, such as closed borders and mandatory quarantines.

5:50 a.m. ET, March 10, 2020

2 more coronavirus cases confirmed in Virginia

From CNN's Joe Sutton in Atlanta

The Virginia Department of Health has reported the US state's fourth and fifth presumptive positive coronavirus cases.

Both patients are in their 50s. One is a resident of the city of Fairfax and the other lives in Spotsylvania County.

At least 731 people have now been diagnosed with the coronavirus in the United States, according to a CNN tally.