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Coronavirus

Coronavirus spreads faster outside China, stoking global fears

Italy and Iran emerging as new epicenters of spreading illness

An Iranian woman wears a protective mask to prevent contracting coronavirus as she sits in a bus in Tehran.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI/SEOUL (Reuters) -- The number of new coronavirus infections inside China - the source of the outbreak - was for the first time overtaken by fresh cases elsewhere on Wednesday, with Italy and Iran emerging as epicenters of the rapidly spreading illness.

Asia reported hundreds of new cases, Brazil confirmed Latin America's first infection and the new disease - COVID-19 - was also detected for the first time in Pakistan, Sweden, Norway, Greece, Romania and Algeria.

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