Coronavirus live updates: Italy death toll nears 3,000

Italy, the country most affected by the coronavirus outside China, reported a further 475 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, as the world stepped up efforts against the pandemic by closing schools, shutting down cities and imposing strict border controls.

Nearly 3,000 people have died in Italy from the diseases.  Somalia and the UK were the latest to announce they would close schools. The US and Canada, meanwhile, have closed their border to all but essential traffic. 

Nearly 220,000 people have now been confirmed with the coronavirus globally, and while at least 84,000 people have recovered from COVID-19, more than 8,800 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the US.

In China, where the outbreak first began, the hardest hit province of Wuhan, and the surrounding privicne of Hubei reported no new cases on Wednesday. 

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