Coronavirus cases top 723,000 globally: Live updates – CNN International


Nurses put on personal protective equipment before starting work in the intensive care unit of the new Covid-19 Hospital in Verduno, Italy on March 29.
Nurses put on personal protective equipment before starting work in the intensive care unit of the new Covid-19 Hospital in Verduno, Italy on March 29. Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

Italy is on the verge of 100,000 cases: The coronavirus is spreading rapidly across Europe, with the worst affected countries still Italy, Spain and Germany. With more than 97,000 cases of the virus, Italy is likely to soon become the second country in the world to break the 100,000 mark after the United States.

Why has Italy become such a hot spot? There is no clear answer yet as to why Italy has been so badly affected by the coronavirus. Some people have suggested it could be the climate or the high number of elderly citizens. Whatever the reason, Italy still has the highest death toll in the world at 10,779 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

France death toll jumps: A spike of 292 deaths in 24 hours has put France’s death toll at 2,606, according to the country’s director-general of health. In total, France now has 40,174 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, a rise of 6.9% on the previous day. France has the fifth highest coronavirus death toll in the world, after Italy, Spain, China and Iran.

Moscow goes into quarantine: From Monday, the Russian capital will impose a citywide quarantine on all residents regardless of age. People will not be able to leave their homes except to get groceries or medical help.

First UK doctor dies of coronavirus: An ear, nose and throat consultant has become the first UK medical practitioner to die of the coronavirus. Health authorities wouldn’t confirm his age, but said he died Saturday at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, England.

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