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European governments unveiled stronger measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic... after a spike in cases and deaths in the region.
This follows the World Health Organization pointing out the Continent as the epicentre of the pandemic.
Kim Ji-yeon reports.
Some European countries are shutting down their shops and restaurants... and tightening their border controls now that the continent, according to the WHO, is the main place the coronavirus is spreading.
"Europe has now become the epicentre of the pandemic with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China."
Italy and Spain reported their biggest yet daily increases of COVID-19 cases on Saturday.
Reuters reports that the number of confirmed cases in Italy has risen from the previous day by 3-thousand-497 the total as of Saturday standing at 21-thousand-157.
The number of coronavirus-related deaths there rose by 175,... bringing the death toll to one-thousand-441.
Spain became the second European country to go under a lockdown when the government on Saturday declared a state of emergency.
All of Spain's schools as well as its shops, bars and restaurants except those selling essential goods are shut for 15 days.
The central government is to take control of regional police forces and manage health and transport services... currently run by local governments.
There was a surge of 2-thousand new infections,... putting Spain at more than 6-thousand-300 overall.
The wife of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez... is among them.
The death toll from COVID-19 in Spain is now at more than 190.
In France, the number of confirmed cases rose to 4-thousand-500... and there have been more than 90 deaths.
France has also shut down shops, cafes and bars to slow the virus's spread but said mayoral elections would still take place on Sunday.
Other countries such as Poland are shutting their borders to international arrivals.
Travel restrictions are also in place by Turkey, Denmark and the Czech Republic.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
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