Venezuela’s leader has called on women in the country to have up to six children in order to counter the mass exodus

Venezuela’s leader has called on women in the country to have up to six children in order to counter the mass exodus that has seen millions flee poverty, hunger and political chaos.

In a televised speech in which he introduced a government programme to promote fertility, Nicolas Maduro he said people should have as many children as possible.

South Korea is battling the biggest epidemic outside China – and has reported 37 deaths, the fourth most behind China, Italy and Iran.

North Korea, meanwhile, has insisted it is coronavirus-free, sealed itself off from the outside world and put all foreigners – mostly diplomats – in quarantine amid speculation that there have been infections and deaths.

Italy announced yesterday that the number of cases had jumped to 3,089, up 587 on the previous day. Its civil protection agency reported 28 new deaths in the previous 24 hours, mainly elderly patients.

Schools and universities have been shut since February 24 in the northern regions of Emilia Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto, where the majority of cases have occurred.

Ronaldinho’s brother Roberto has also been ordered to appear before prosecutors at 9am local time after an allegedly falsified Paraguayan passport in his name was found in his room.

A Brazilian businessman, named locally as 45-year-old Wilmondes Sousa Liria and identified as the man suspect of facilitating the documents, is the only one of the three who has so far been arrested.

“Flybe’s collapse is the fourth significant UK airline failure since 2017. Whilst the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on demand for air travel was only partly to blame for its collapse, it is clear that the industry is going to take a savage hit in the coming weeks and months. The end of the line for another troubled European operator, Alitalia, is rumoured.

“It is still early days, but the unprecedented impact of Coronavirus is already causing massive challenges to people, business and supply chains. The virus could be the tipping point for those businesses already facing financial difficulties or with tight margins.