Greece confirms first coronavirus case AS Iran reports 19 new deaths

12th person dies in northern Italy of coronavirus

France reports first French national death

Kuwait says more coronavirus cases confirmed, tally now 25

In Europe, Greece has confirmed its first coronavirus case, the health ministry said.

The patient is a 38-year-old Greek woman who had travelled from an area of northern Italy, said Sotiris Tsiodras, a representative of the Ministry of Health.

A 12th person has died in northern Italy of coronavirus, while the number of confirmed cases has risen to 374, an increase of more than 50 on the day before, the head of the Civil Protection agency said.

Angelo Borrelli told reporters that the dead man was 69. All those who have died so far in the outbreak, which came to light on Friday, have been elderly and most had underlying health problems.

France reported three new infections, including one new death, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 17 and the death toll to two.

The latest victim was a 60-year-old man, the first French national to die of the disease, the health ministry said. The first victim was an 80-year-old Chinese tourist, who died in mid-February.

In the Middle East, Iran's state television says 19 more people were killed by the coronavirus and the total number of confirmed cases rose to 139.

The official cited in the report urged limiting nonessential travel.

Iran's Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told reporters in Tehran the outbreak was "likely" to spread to unaffected provinces "soon".

He said Iran hoped to contain the virus before the Persian new year, which starts on March 20.

"A more pessimistic prospect is that we will reach the containment phase by late April," Jahanpour added.

Also, Kuwait's health ministry said that the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus in the country rose to 25 after more cases were confirmed, the state news agency reported.

The ministry also confirmed in a statement that the new cases were all Kuwaiti citizens "who are related to travel to Iran".

Meanwhile, Bahrain's number of infections rose to 26 after three Bahraini women who arrived from Iran were confirmed to have the coronavirus, according to the health ministry.

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