Coronavirus: Worldwide COVID-19 cases top 100,000 with 700 new infections in Italy

The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has passed 100,000, according to Johns Hopkins University, as the outbreak intensifies.

The university, which is tracking the outbreak, says the coronavirus has caused the deaths of more than 3,400 people. 

It comes amid signs of the virus’s shift away from its origins in China, with Italy, Iran and South Korea emerging as the other countries hardest hit by the deadly disease.

Italy is the worst affected country in Europe, with more than 4,636 cases, a rise of 778 in a day, and a death toll of 197, an increase of 49.

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