The death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 6,000 in Europe, the new epicentre of the pandemic, with Italy, Spain and Germany reporting a steep rise in infections, as worldwide fatalities surged past 13,000 on Sunday, according to the data collected by the Johns Hopkins University in the United States.
Italy announced another 723 deaths on Saturday, the biggest day-to-day increase in the country's four-week epidemic, a day after surpassing China's death toll.
The total number of deaths in Italy has now reached 4,825.
Spain's death toll has also increased to more than 1,000, while in Iran, the number on fatalities hit another grim milestone of more than 1,500, as the country marks the beginning of the Persian New Year.
(with news agency inputs)