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US and Europe outpace Asia in spread of coronavirus

While cases in China slow, Western outbreaks grow by multiples of 5 and 10

A woman walks in Turin, Italy, on March 5 after the government urged people not to stand closer than one meter apart.   © Reuters

TOKYO/GENEVA -- The number of Americans and Europeans infected by the new coronavirus surged over the past week, lifting the global total over 100,000 people, with no clear sign of an end despite hopes that warmer weather will slow the outbreak.

About 102,000 people had been infected worldwide as of Saturday morning Japan time, according to America's Johns Hopkins University, with the total increasing by the hour.

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