Coronavirus update: Total death toll exceeds 2,600

TEHRAN, Feb. 24 (MNA) – China had 150 new confirmed coronavirus deaths on Sunday, the National Health Commission announced on Monday, pushing the death toll nationwide to 2,592 and worldwide to 2,619.

This developed as South Korea reported 161 more cases on Monday, bringing its total number of infections to 763.

Officials also confirmed two more deaths of virus patients, bringing the country's death toll to seven. On Sunday, it raised its disease alert to the highest level after a surge in infections and more deaths.

Meanwhile, Iran confirmed 43 cases of infection with eight deaths till late Sunday.

At least 152 cases and three deaths were also reported in Italy, prompting emergency measures in Europe.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the world is now 79,561, of which 77,150 are in mainland China.

Meanwhile, China announced that it will now allow healthy non-residents of Wuhan to leave the epicenter of the virus.

Four Chinese provinces; Yunnan, Guangdong, Shanxi, and Guizhou, on Monday lowered their coronavirus emergency response measures, local health commissions said.

Yunnan and Guizhou cut their emergency response measures from level I to level III, while Guangdong and Shanxi lowered their measures to level II.

China has a four-tier response system for public health emergencies that determines what measures it will implement, with level I the most serious.

Gansu province was the first to lower its measures on Friday, followed by Liaoning on Saturday.

MNA/PR

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