February 27, 2020 | 1:03pm | Updated February 27, 2020 | 1:22pm
More people have died from the coronavirus in Italy and Iran, while the bug has now spread to several new counties across Europe, according to reports Thursday.
Two more people have died from the virus in Italy, bringing the country’s death toll to 14, while 528 people there are now infected — up from 420 a day earlier, authorities said Thursday.
The cases are heavily concentrated in Italy’s northern Lombardy and Veneto regions, where there are 305 and 98 cases, respectively, the Local Italy reported.
Meanwhile, in Iran, the death toll has risen to 26 — up from 19 on Wednesday, the Guardian reported. Nearly 250 people in the country have been diagnosed with the virus.
Several additional Europeans countries — Denmark, Estonia, Greece, North Macedonia, Norway and Romania — have reported their first coronavirus cases in the past day, the paper reported.
Eighteen cases of the infection and two deaths have been reported in France, where President Emmanuel Macron has warned that an “epidemic is on the way.”
Two additional cases have been reported in the UK, bringing the total number of infected residents to 15. Those individuals contracted the virus in Italy and Tenerife, according to the Guardian.
Additional cases have also been reported in Austria, Kuwait, South Korea, Spain and Switzerland, according to the report.
Globally, COVID-19 has been responsible for at least 2,800 deaths, with more than 82,000 cases reported worldwide, on every continent except Antarctica.
The World Health Organization said Wednesday that more new coronavirus cases had been reported outside China than inside the country for the first time that day.
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