More than half the world’s countries have now seen cases of the coronavirus.
98 out of 195 countries have had cases of the virus, which causes the disease Covid-19, according to the latest figures from John Hopkins University.
The countries with the largest number of cases are China, South Korea, Italy and Iran.
The current death toll from Covid-19 stands at 3,892 globally at time of publication, and the total number of cases stands at 111,228. Of those, the number of people who have recovered is 62,369.
In the UK, the total number of coronavirus cases now sits at 319, up from 273 at the same point on Sunday, the Department of Health said. Four people in the UK have died.
The third British person to die from Covid-19 was a man who had recently returned from Italy and had underlying health conditions.
On Monday, a Transport for London worker tested positive for coronavirus in the capital’s traffic control centre building.
Staff at Palestra House, in Blackfriars, were told this morning that a colleague had been infected with the deadly virus.
But TfL staff were ordered to attend work as usual after the office where the person worked was thoroughly deep-cleaned.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson headed an emergency Cobra meeting on Monday to discuss the outbreak.
The government is advising Britons to avoid travel to some of the worst affected countries.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all travel to China’s Hubei Province, the epicentre of the outbreak, and against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China, as well as Italy.
The total number of cases in mainland China is currently at 80,735 and the cumulative death toll is 3,120.
The total number of confirmed cases in South Korea, the second worst affected area, is at 7,478 with 53 deaths and 118 recoveries, and the virus there is showing signs of slowing as the rate of new daily infections falls.
Italy has reported a huge jump in deaths from the coronavirus, a surge of more than 50%, as it announced it will restrict movement for a quarter of the country’s population.
In Iran, the fourth worst affected country, the government has officially confirmed7,161 infected, 237 deaths and 2,394 recovered.
In France, a maintenance worker at Disneyland Paris has tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesperson for the resort said on Monday.
The technician has not been in contact with visitors, according to management, but his colleagues have been asked to stay in quarantine.
The effect on stock markets has been dramatic. London’s FTSE 100 index plunged 8.5% this morning and saw its value plummet by £130bn – a fall of a magnitude not seen since the 2008 financial crash.
Other markets and the price of oil also collapsed on what’s being dubbed “Black Monday”, with a global recession now being foreseen by economists.
The World Health Organization urged countries last week to take all measures to contain the virus, but has so far resisted describing the outbreak as a pandemic.