Coronavirus death toll crosses 3,000, more countries hit

China said Monday it was seeing a reduction in fresh coronavirus cases as the global death toll crossed 3,000, Anadolu Agency reported.

So far, it has spread to 66 countries with more than 88,000 cases reported world over including those in China.

Iran reported 11 more deaths from the virus, bringing its death toll to 54 – the highest outside China.

State radio announced that Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 71, a member of the Iran’s Expediency Council, has died after contracting the coronavirus.

Other prominent members infected in Iran include Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar and Iraj Harirchi, head of the country’s task force on COVID-19.

The number of people infected in Italy – the centre of the outbreak in Europe – has jumped to 1,694, while the number in France has increased to 130.

A health ministry official in Kuwait announced 10 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number to 56.

The Czech Republic, Scotland and the Dominican Republic have confirmed their first cases.

A new study on the viral infection has shown that the median age of the victims was 47 years, with an overwhelming majority of males.

China’s National Health Commission said deaths from the virus, officially known as COVID-19, has risen to 2,914, with 202 new cases as of Sunday night.

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