TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_Globally, more than 14,700 people have died since the virus emerged in China late last year, according to the latest estimates. Some 340,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 worldwide.
Over 99,000 patients have been recovered so far from the flu-like disease, which first showed up in China’s Wuhan city and later spread to other parts of the world.
Italy reports 650 new deaths
In Italy, the worst-hit country outside China, officials reported 651 new deaths on Sunday, bringing the total figure to 5,476.
It was an increase of 13.5 percent but down from Saturday’s figure when 793 people died, health officials said Monday.
The total number of infections in Italy rose to 59,138 from a previous 53,578, up by 10.4 percent, according to the Civil Protection Agency.
The hardest-hit northern region of Lombardy remained in a critical situation, with 3,456 deaths and 27,206 cases recorded on Sunday.