Italy has just surpassed China for the most number of deaths related to COVID-19.
The total number of cases in the country rose to 41,035 on Thursday, which includes 5,322 new cases, the Italian Civil Protection Agency said at a news conference.
The number of deaths in Italy has reached 3,405. Italy has become the deadliest center of the COVID-19 outbreak.
More than 240,000 people have now been confirmed with the coronavirus globally, of which at least 85,000 have recovered from COVID-19, while more than 9,800 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the US.
In The US
The number of known cases of the coronavirus in the United States surged past 10,000 on Thursday morning as testing expanded and the virus spread. As of Thursday evening, at least 12,326 people across every state, plus Washington, D.C., and three U.S. territories, have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a New York Times database, and at least 194 patients with the virus have died.
State Department warns Americans: Don’t travel abroad, come home if overseas
On Thursday, the State Department raised its global travel advisory to Level 4, the highest it goes. The advisory warns Americans that they should not travel anywhere in the world because of disruptions caused by the global coronavirus crisis. The order also advises US citizens who live in the US but are currently abroad to return home immediately, “unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.”
The CDC warns that older adults and people with chronic medical conditions have an increased risk of the disease. Furthermore, the agency has outlined that those arriving in the US from China will undergo health screenings and that travelers who have been to China within the past 14 days must enter through specific airports and participate in monitoring by health officials until 14 days after they left China.