Updated 6:53 a.m. ET, February 22, 2020
- China cases grow: Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in mainland China increased by 397 on Friday to reach a total of 76,288. There are over 77,700 cases globally, and 15 deaths outside mainland China.
- South Korea spike: Cases in the East Asian country have surged past 430 after more than 220 new infections were reported in 24 hours. Around half of the total cases are associated with a religious group in the south of the country.
- Middle East spread: Iran's health ministry has confirmed 18 cases of the virus, including four deaths, and said it has spread to several cities. Lebanon and Israel have reported their first cases.
- Containing the outbreak: The World Health Organization's director general said the window of opportunity to contain the virus is "narrowing" and called on countries to prepare for community transmission.