There are now more confirmed cases of coronavirus globally than there are in China. At least 88,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed globally, compared with 81,000 in China, according to an updated count of cases by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. It comes as deaths related to the virus rose significantly in some European countries. Italy recorded 368 deaths in 24 hours due to coronavirus, bringing the total to 1,809. In Spain, the death toll doubled in a day, rising to 292. Western Europe has been slowing down activity significantly amidst the case increases, with many national media reports that France could join Spain and Italy soon with a full lockdown and curfew. Germany, meanwhile, partially closed its borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Denmark. At a glance: key coronavirus developments Four US states close bars and restaurants over coronavirus outbreak. Portugal and Spain have agreed to halt tourism across their 1,200-kilometre shared border starting Monday. Serbia's president has proclaimed a nationwide state of emergency and told foreigners wanting to enter the country "don't come or you'll be quarantined." Montenegro has banned foreigners from entry and ordered the closure of cafes, restaurants, shopping malls, fitness centres and children's playgrounds. In Greece, confirmed COVID-19 cases have risen to 331. That's an increase of 103 in one day. UK coronavirus death toll hits 35, as further 14 patients who tested positive for the virus have died. The Vatican's Holy Week ceremonies will go ahead but without public attendance. Poland restores checks on its land borders with Germany, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, and Slovakia on Sunday. Bosnia forces incoming residents to stay in tents for 14 days. Spain declared state of emergency and announced a partial lockdown after a sharp rise in cases. France closes all its bars, restaurants and other non-essential outlets. Denmark announces first death from the virus. Romania announces a state of emergency starting on Monday. Wuhan football team leaving Spain to escape coronavirus. WHO declares Europe the new 'epicentre' of the pandemic on Friday. Italy records large increase in deaths and infections An additional 3,590 cases of the coronavirus were also reported in Italy in a 24-hour period, nearly 100 more than the increase as the day before. The infections reported on Sunday represent the country's biggest day-to-day increase. Italy's Civil Protection chief Angelo Borrelli announced the latest number of cases, bringing the total number of people with the new coronavirus to 24,747. The number of deaths increased by 368 to 1,809. Lombardy remains by far the most affected region with 1,218 deaths and 13,272 cases. Local authorities are voicing their concern about the capacity of their hospital system, which is one of the most efficient in Europe, as it responds to the pandemic. "Figures continue to rise. We will soon reach the point where we will no longer have any beds for intensive care," warned Lombardy governor Attilio Fontana in an interview with Sky TG24 on Sunday before the publication of the latest report. Lombardy's top health official, Giulio Gallera, had already made similar remarks: "In Lombardy, we still have 15 to 20 intensive therapy beds. We are close to the point of no return." According to Fontana, the setup of a temporary hospital with 500 places for intensive therapy is being planned in two pavilions at the Milan Fair. According to the World Health Organisation, the vast majority of people who get COVID-19 recover within weeks. Italy's national health institute chief Silvio Brusaferro said it is not known if Italy is reaching its peak and might start seeing the number of new cases decline. Deaths in Spain double in a day to 288 Spanish health authorities said deaths from the coronavirus have more than doubled in 24 hours, while total infections approached 8,000 on Sunday. The Health Ministry said Spain has recorded 288 deaths since the start of the pandemic, up from 136 on Saturday. The European Union nation has 7,753 infections, up from 5,700 on Saturday, with around half of them concentrated in the capital of Madrid. The jump comes a day after Spain's government declared a state of emergency and took extraordinary measures to limit movement to commuting to work and necessary errands. It has also closed restaurants, bars, most retail shops and reduced public transport. Partially closed borders Germany will partially close its borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Denmark as it steps up efforts to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the new checks will take effect at 8 a.m. Monday. People who commute across the border to work will still be able to cross, as will goods. However, people "without a valid reason to travel will no longer be allowed to enter and leave Germany,


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