Coronavirus: Europe Cases Surpass 250,000

Two tourists from Argentina wearing respiratory masks walk while holding a tourist map in Piazza Duomo in Milan, on March 5. 2020. - Italy closed all schools and universities until March 15 to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus crisis. The government decision was announced moments after health officials said the death toll from COVID-19 had jumped to 107 and the number of cases had passed 3,000. (Photo by Piero CRUCIATTI / AFP) (Photo by PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP via Getty Images)
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The number of declared coronavirus cases in Europe topped 250,000, more than half of which are in Italy and Spain, according to an AFP tally Thursday at 1200 GMT.

 The number of recorded cases in the continent now stands at 258,068, including 14,640 dead. Italy has 74,386 registered infections and Spain has 56,188, according to a tally compiled from national health data and World Health Organisation figures.

The number of actual infections is believed to be higher since many countries are only testing severe cases or patients that require hospitalisation.

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