Coronavirus live updates: More than 349,000 people have been infected and more


The novel coronavirus has infected at least 349,211 people and killed at least than 15,308 worldwide as of March 23.

The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11. Since then, the virus has spread further and faster than ever. At least 167 countries and territories have reported cases.

Europe is the new epicenter of the disease, which is also infecting an increasing number of people in the US.

China — where the virus first began to spread in late 2019 — has seen a sharp drop-off in its rate of new cases. Italy has recorded 5,476 deaths, overtaking China as the country with most coronavirus-related deaths. In China, at least 3,274 have been reported dead.

More than 100,100 people known to be infected have since recovered, mostly in China.