Though it started last year as an Asian-based threat, coronavirus is casting a longer shadow over Europe every day.

The death toll in Italy — the worst-hit country — rose to 12, according to the latest figures on Wednesday from the country’s head of civil protection.

Some 374 people have been infected with COVID-19, with Lombardy the worst hit, a region where nine people have died and 240 people have been infected.

Local media reported that three of the dead were in their eighties and most of the deaths occurred in the northern regions of Lombardy and

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