Italy’s surge of COVID-19 cases continued today in the wake of a national lockdown announced yesterday, as some of the country’s neighbors closed borders and other countries in Europe, such as France, reported similar steep rises.

Meanwhile, more countries—including the Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)—reported their first cases, while cases continued to decline in South Korea, and two groups made announcements about funding to develop treatments and a vaccine.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily update today that the global total is 113,702 cases, 32,778 have now been reported from outside of China, including 4,105 new illnesses reported yesterday. So far, 109 countries have reported cases. Newly affected countries include Mongolia, which reported a case in its capital in a worker from France and the DRC, a 50-year-old man who arrived in Kinshasa from France.

Italy cases top 10,000

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