Global coronavirus outbreaks evoke pandemic fears as cases in Italy, South Korea, and Iran soar

by Bryan Brammer · Feb 24th, 2020 2:23 pm

A drastic increase in coronavirus cases across Italy, South Korea, and Iran over the weekend are evoking fears of a global pandemic.

As of Monday morning, there are more than 79,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 2,600 global deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

The number of cases in South Korea rose to 763 on Monday after only having 28 reported cases 10 days ago. South Korea now has the most cases of coronavirus behind China and Japan. President Moon Jae-in raised the country's threat level to "red alert," its highest national threat level in a decade.

Health officials in Italy announced Monday that the number of infected cases increased to 152, compared to just three 10 days ago. Approximately 110 cases were discovered in Milan and Venice, causing several events and soccer matches to be canceled.

Since February 13, 50 people have died in the Iranian city of Qom, according to local officials. Just a few hours prior, health officials had reported only 12 deaths out of 47 coronavirus cases.

During a news conference in Stockholm, Sweden, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the organization is "worried about the situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran and in Italy."


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