Mar 24, 2020 08:02 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Mar 26, 2020 22:11 Asia/Tehran]
  • Italy's COVID-19 death toll surpasses 6000

The death toll from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Italy, pandemic's new epicenter, has exceeded 6000 with 602 new reported deaths.

Iran PressEurope: Italy has reported 602 new deaths from the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total to 6,077 with the tally of cases in the country, a major hotspot, rising to 63,928. 

The number of reported deaths in the country dropped for the second day in a row after on Saturday reaching an all-time high since the outbreak began of 793, Al Jazeera reported.

In the UK, the number of those who have died from the disease the virus causes, COVID-19, increased by 54, bringing the toll in the country to 335 among 6,650 cases. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered residents across the country to stay at home. 

In the US, the number of cases surged past 35,000, with a death toll of 495, according to John Hopkins University data.

More than 15,400 people have died from COVID-19 globally. An estimated 100,000 of the 362,000 people who have been diagnosed with the disease across the world have recovered, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

Also on Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned "the pandemic is accelerating" with it taking 67 days for cases to reach 100,000 globally, 11 days for cases to reach 200,000 and just four days for cases to reach 300,000.  


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