Threat of coronavirus pandemic ‘very real’

Total number of deaths in locked down Italy hits 463 with confirmed cases surpassing 9,000.

The head of the World Health Organization warned the threat of a global coronavirus pandemic was “very real” as the contagion continued its rapid spread around the world.

In Italy – where some 16 million people are now under quarantine – there were 97 deaths reported, bringing its total on Monday to 463.

Iran temporarily released about 70,000 prisoners because of the coronavirus epidemic, as the death toll rose by 43 new fatalities to 237.

More than 3,800 people have died worldwide from coronavirus and over 110,000 infections have been recorded, according to WHO. Via Aljazeera

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