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WHO: Europe has become 'epicenter' of Coronavirus Pandemic

Fabrice Coffrini The WHO head, Fabrice Coffrini, declared that Europe is reported “with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China.”

Geneva, March 13.“More cases are now being reported [in Europe] every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the U.N. global public health agency, said Friday at a press conference at WHO’s headquarters in Geneva.

“China has certainly peaked and there is certainly a decline, but there’s always a chance” that could rise again, said Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, who heads the agency’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, according to CNBC.

As of Friday, Johns Hopkins University reported 137,445 cases of the virus confirmed worldwide, with 4,728 deaths due to the infection it causes.

In China, 64,184 people have recovered from the infection, about 77 percent of the total confirmed cases.

Italy currently has 15,113 confirmed cases; Spain 4,334; Germany 3,156; and France 2,882.

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