Iran reports 49 more coronavirus deaths
Iran has reported 49 new coronavirus fatalities over the past 24 hours, bringing its death toll to 194 people, Al Jazeera reports.
The announcement on Sunday came hours after Italy declared an unprecedented quarantine on its northern region of Lombardy and other severely affected areas, impacting some 16 million people, as it steps up efforts to tackle Europe's largest outbreak of coronavirus.
The move came as Italy struggles to contain the virus's spread, with 1,247 new cases detected in the last 24 hours. Another 36 people also died as a result of the virus, taking the total to 233.
In other recent developments, the number of people diagnosed with the new coronavirus now exceeds 100,000 worldwide, with several new countries reporting their first cases.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called the spread of the virus "deeply concerning".