COVID-19 cases outside China surpass those inside the country: WHO

ROME, March 15, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio (1st L), Chinese Ambassador to Italy Li Junhua (2nd L) and delegates of Chinese expert team attend a press conference at the Italian Red Cross headquarters in Rome, Italy, March 13, 2020. China is getting back on its feet again after the coronavirus emergency, and Italy, which is suffering the second most severe impact from the pandemic at global level, will soon be able to do the same, Luigi Di Maio said on Friday. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua/IANS)
China is getting back on its feet again after the coronavirus emergency, and Italy, which is suffering the second most severe impact from the pandemic at global level, will soon be able to do the same, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Friday. Image courtesy: IANS
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Geneva: More than 83,000 confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported outside China as of Monday, exceeding the cumulative number of infections in the Asian giant, where the virus originated last December, a World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson said.

The spokesperson told Xinhua news agency that the pandemic has spread to 146 countries and regions worldwide so far.

According to China's National Health Commission, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country as of Monday was 80,860, while the death toll stood at 3,213.

Outside China, Italy has reported the maximum number of cases and deaths at 24,747 and 1,809, respectively.

It has been deemed as the epicentre of the outbreak in Europe.

The global death toll including China's figure was 6,506 on Monday.

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