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Coronavirus spreads faster outside China, stoking global fears Updated: 2020-02-27 16:33:54 KST

For the first time since the start of the outbreak, the number of new coronavirus cases outside China was higher than the number of cases in China on Wednesday.
The number of cases is rising rapidly in Italy and Iran.
Italy has at least 470 cases and 12 deaths with most of them in the northern part of the country.
It is seen as a likely source for the spread of the virus in Europe.

"We are coming back from Venice in transit in Barcelona on our way to France. We are taking precautions due to the coronavirus spreading in Venice. French authorities have asked us to stay at home for two weeks just in case we have the virus and our children are not allowed to go to school."

In Europe, France has reported that a second French citizen has died from COVID-19.
The victim was a teacher who had not visited any country with a known outbreak.
Iran has seen the highest death toll outside China with at least 22 deaths and 141 confirmed cases as of Thursday afternoon.
Brazil announced its first case on Wednesday and this was the first time the virus has been reported in Latin America.
The patient is a 61-year-old man who had recently visited Italy.

"And for our country, we will now see how it (coronavirus) behaves. We still don't have all the answers for how coronavirus will behave in a tropical environment in the southern hemisphere."

The first cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan, Norway, Greece, Romania and Algeria were also reported on Wednesday.
Nearly two months have passed since the first COVID-19 report in Wuhan,… and now, every continent in the world except for Antarctica has reported cases of the novel coronavirus.
Meanwhile, China reported 4-hundred-33 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 78,4-hundred-97.
The country also reported 29 more deaths the lowest daily figure since January 28th.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.
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