Tuesday Mar 10 2020

Coronavirus infections around the world pass 110,000

Medical workers in protective gears walk into a hospital facility to treat coronavirus patients in Daegu, South Korea, March 8, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

PARIS: The number of coronavirus infections around the world has passed 110,000 people in 100 countries, according to an AFP tally on Monday, and over 3,800 were left dead.

The landmark figure came after Iran reported almost 600 new cases on Monday morning, taking its total number of infections past 7,000.

China, where the virus first emerged late last year, remains the most affected country with more than 80,000 cases but experts have expressed hope that the Chinese outbreak has peaked.

Governments are scrambling to respond to the outbreak with countries across Europe cancelling public gatherings, restricting attendances at sporting events, and closing schools — following similar measures in China and other Asian nations.

Italy is battling the deadliest outbreak outside of China with 366 people having died from 7,375 cases, much more deadly than in South Korea, which has seen a similar number of infections but just 51 deaths.

The Rome government is attempting to seal off roughly 15 million people in its hard-hit northern regions, forbidding travel around a vast area including the cities of Venice and Milan.