With more cases reported than rest of world, Europe now epicentre of coronavirus: WHO

People wear a protective facemask as they walk in front the Eiffel tower, in Paris, on March 12, 2020 during a world COVID-19 outbreak. - The novel coronavirus "is a controllable pandemic" if countries step up measures to tackle it, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said March 12, 2020. More than 4,500 people have died, according to an AFP tally, while the WHO said some 125,000 cases had been reported from 118 countries and territories. The pandemic has disrupted cultural and sporting events around the world as authorities try to prevent large gatherings. (Photo by Ludovic Marin / AFP) (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images)

World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that apart from China,Europe has now, become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined.

“More cases in Europe are now being reported every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.

As of 13 March 2020, every country in Europe except Montenegro has reported at least one case of COVID-19, and 18 countries have reported at least one death. Italy alone has reported 17,660 cases with 1,266 deaths followed by Spain with 4,335 cases and 122 deaths and Germany with 3,675 cases and 8 deaths.

Looking at the overall situation, according to the latest situation report of the WHO, five new countries/territories areas (Jersey, Réunion, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Cuba and Guyana) have reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

The global deaths toll due to coronavirus reached 5,416 on Saturday with 145,360 people confirmed affected by the virus in 138 countries, according to the latest data available on Johns Hopkins University.

“More than 132,000 cases of COVID-19 have now been reported to WHO, from 123 countries and territories. 5,000 people have lost their lives, a tragic milestone,” said

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