Spain became the fourth most infected nation in the world after reporting 1,000 new cases of coronavirus in the country, bringing them to a total of 8,744. In neighbouring France, the country's national health director Jrme Salomon said on Monday that the situation in the country was "very worrying" and "deteriorating rapidly". "Many people have not understood that you have to stay at home," Salomon said on Monday in an interview with France Inter, adding that this has prevented the country from slowing down the epidemic. President Emmanuel Macron is set to speak tonight amid speculation that the country could impose more confinement measures. France has a total of 5,423 cases, with 127 deaths recorded. It comes as the death toll in Europe surpassed 2,000, with several countries reporting sobering increases. Italy recorded 368 deaths in 24 hours due to coronavirus, bringing the total number dead to 1,809. In Spain, the death toll doubled in a day. A total of 297 people have died in the country. Western Europe has been slowing down activity significantly amidst the case increases, with Italy and Spain already under full lockdown. Germany, meanwhile, partially closed its borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Denmark. At the global level, coronavirus cases have surpassed those in China. At least 88,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed worldwide, compared with 81,000 in China, according to a count of cases by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. At a glance: key coronavirus developments The BBC said they would delay TV licenses for people over 75. Four US states close bars and restaurants over coronavirus outbreak. The virus reached at least 25 out of Africa's 54 countries. 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 alarm 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 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 confirmed 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. 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. Spain currently has 7,753 confirmed 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


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