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Most of the infected are still being observed in mainland China, especially at the epicenter of an outbreak of infection in Hubei Province's Wuhan. In China, some 81,000 cases have been confirmed, including 3,255 lethal ones, according to Worldometer.

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However, in the past few weeks, the spread pace has been on decline in China. For the third time, not a single local case of coronavirus infection has been confirmed there.

The worst situation beyond mainland China is now in Italy, where record-high mortality is reported. A total of 4,032 deaths have been confirmed among over 47,000 cases.

The second-largest number of confirmed cases is in Spain: over 21,500, including 1,093 lethal. Also, significant numbers are seen in Germany (some 19,800 infected and 68 dead) and the United States (some 19,600 infected and 264 dead).

Iran recorded a sharp jump in coronavirus deaths: 1,433 of 19,600 confirmed cases.

France, which also recorded a sharp jump in coronavirus deaths, reports some 12,600 cases, including 450 lethal. The next largest number of cases of Covid-19 is in South Korea, where 8,900 people contracted Covid-19, of whom 102 died.

In Ukraine, meanwhile, the number of patients increased to 41, three of whom died. Moreover, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry reported that three Ukrainians had died from coronavirus abroad.

As UNIAN reported earlier, an outbreak of a novel coronavirus was recorded in the most populous city of Central China, Wuhan (12 mln people), at the end of December 2019.

The World Health Organization recognized it as a "global emergency", describing it as a multi-cell epidemic.

A national quarantine has been announced in Ukraine, which will last until April 3.