The global confirmed cases of coronavirus has surpassed 280,000 with over 11,500 deaths registered so far.

The novel coronavirus has infected 166 countries with Europe being the epicentre of the pandemic. Europe has reported over 5,000 deaths with Italy reporting 627 deaths in the last 24 hours.

This is the biggest day-to-day increase in the country’s 4-week epidemic, which even surpassed the death toll of China.

Spain’s death toll has also increased to more than 1,300, while in Iran, the number on fatalities hit another grim milestone of more than 1,500 as the country marks the beginning of the Persian New Year.

There are more than 19,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, and over 270 people have died of the virus.

Restrictions are dramatically ramping up amid the growing coronavirus pandemic, with Illinoi(s) and its 13 million residents — 10 million in the Chicago area — the latest to join California by moving closer to an effective lockdown.

Meanwhile, New York told nonessential workers to stay home, Florida closed restaurants, bars and gyms amid spring-break revelry, and the U.S.-Mexico border is closing to nonessential travel.

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