ANKARA 

With all continents but Antarctica now touched by the deadly coronavirus, on Thursday the virus’ foothold in Europe continued to grow.    

The worst hit country in Europe, Italy, now has more than 400 coronavirus cases, according to local media.   

The death toll in Italy has risen to 12, according to the latest figures released Wednesday by the country’s head of civil protection.    

The Lombardy region is the worst-hit, as nine people have died and 259 have been infected.   

Attilio Fontana, Lombardy’s governor, said on social media that he will be in self-quarantine for two weeks

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