Global cases of the coronavirus have topped 90,000 just a day after the death toll surpassed 3,000.
While new cases in China have plateaued, clusters of cases in Iran, South Korea and Italy are worsening. The World Health Organization on Monday said these outbreaks, as well as Japan’s, are its “greatest concern.”
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Iran is reporting 77 deaths and more than 2,300 cases of the coronavirus. The country ordered its armed forces to help health officials respond to the outbreak. It plans to mobilize 300,000 soldiers and volunteers, though it wasn’t clear what their roles would be.
The virus has also dramatically affected Iran’s government, claiming the life of a senior advisor to the country’s ayatollah. State media quoted lawmakers as saying 23 members of parliament had the virus.
South Korea has reported more than 5,000 infections – the most outside of China. That number includes 31 deaths.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared “war” on the virus on Tuesday.
“The whole country has entered a war against the infectious disease,” Moon said.
In Italy, the death toll jumped to 52 on Monday. The country has more than 2,000 cases of the virus. The increase from 34 deaths the day prior is the largest spike the country has seen since it reported the outbreak.
The virus now spans over 70 countries.