The European Union's agency for disease control has increased its risk of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 from moderate to high, said EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Monday.
"The ECDC announced today that the risk to people in the European Union has increased from moderate to high. In other words, the virus is spreading," she said.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control provides daily information on the progress of the outbreak. As of early Monday, there were 89,006 cases in 68 countries worldwide.
Europe was not as badly affected as China, but several member countries had outbreaks and the EU tried to coordinate health measures.
Italy had the worst with 1,694 people who tested positive.
"As of this morning, we have 2,100 confirmed cases in 18 EU Member States and 38 citizens who have lost their lives," said EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides
"Different Member States face different challenges with the COVID 19 outbreak. Italy faces a situation that is not the same as that of other Member States."
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