Italy reports 49 more coronavirus deaths, toll at 197

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That brings the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China so far to 80,026.

The latest report brought the total confirmed cases in the hard-hit province to 67,743 and that of total deaths to 3,007. Italy also saw its number of COVID-19 infections grow by 778 to 4,636, the fourth highest after China, South Korea and Iran.

Nationwide new infections also have been on a downward trend, however, affirmed imported cases have prompted fears lately that illnesses could swell as individuals get infected overseas.

Most of these cases, which include infections of Chinese nationals who caught the virus overseas, were in China's northwestern Gansu province, among quarantined passengers who entered the provincial capital of Lanzhou on commercial flights from Iran between March 2 and March 5.

A total of 3,097 people have succumbed to the virus and 27 died on Saturday, as data released by the commission on Sunday morning shows.

China has reportedly confirmed 23 new deaths from the coronavirus outbreak, the lowest recorded since the epidemic originated in December.

Based on its daily updates, China has not reported a new case outside of Hubei in the last two days and has only reported five since last Wednesday.

Italy reports 49 more coronavirus deaths, toll at 197
Italy reports 49 more coronavirus deaths, toll at 197

Of the new cases, 36 were in Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei, while the remaining four in Gansu province were imported from Iran.

Deaths outside China were reported in Italy (366), Iran (194), South Korea (51), the U.S. (21), France (19), Japan (14), Spain (eight), Iraq (four), Australia (three), the United Kingdom (three), Hong Kong (three), the Netherlands (three), Switzerland (two), and one each in Thailand, Egypt, Taiwan, San marino, the Philippines and Argentina. Italy is now in the midst of a coronavirus emergency in the north, with more than 7,375 positive cases as per the reports.

Iranian state television said Monday nearly 600 new cases have arisen, along with 43 deaths.

It is the second straight day the number of new cases has been under 100.

Earlier on March 9, Saudi Arabia suspended travel to nine countries for its citizens and residents amid coronavirus fears and suspended the entry of people from those countries or anyone who has been there in the past 14 days.

It's a bit of good news for China, which has been ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak that has spread across the globe.

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