Two people sit by the Barcaccia fountain near almost empty Spanish Steps, in Rome on Tuesday. ( AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) Premier Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday said he will consider requests to toughen Italys already extraordinary anti-virus lockdown. Adding to its efforts, the Italian government also announced a $ 28 billion allocation to fight the outbreak on both medical and economic fronts. The first measures, expected to be outlined Friday, will support health services, the civil protection agency and the labor market. The Vittorio Emanuele shopping arcade appeared almost desert in Milan on Wednesday as Italy mulls even tighter restrictions on daily life. ( AP Photo/Luca Bruno) The World Health Organizationon Wednesdaydeclared the virus a pandemic, noting that the number of cases outside China had exploded13-fold over the past two weeks. There are now more than 118,000 cases of COVID-19 in 114 countries, with 4,291 deaths, WHO Director-GeneralTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Other European nations are issuing measures to slow down and control the spread of the virus, and provide a cushion for the economic shock of the outbreak. Spain Spains coronavirus cases have surpassed 2,000, with roughly half of them in the Madrid region, where two-thirds of the countrys 47 virus-related deaths have occurred, the Health Ministry said Wednesday. The number of cases saw a 60 percent increase since Tuesday. United States TOURISTS QUARANTINED IN SPANISH HOTEL AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS : HEALTH OFFICIALS Madrids fatalities are high because much of the contagion there is taking place in nursing homes, said Fernando Simn, director of Spains health emergency center. Empty shelves are seen in a supermarket as people begin to stock up on provisions in Madrid on Tuesday. ( AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) Schools and universities in Madrid and two northern regions have been ordered to close for two weeks to help slow the outbreaks spread. Workers were urged to telecommute to help reduce crowds on public transit. Denmark The Scandinavian country saw a 191 percent spike in Spain Spains coronavirus cases, with 90 more infections confirmed on Wednesday, for a total of at least 262. Local Denmark SEES FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE IN MAN RETURNING FROM ITALY VACATION Denmarks leaders have advised the public to avoid using public transportation, while some schools also closed, Local Denmark reported. Health officials also have advised against shaking hands, a measure that has suspended naturalization ceremonies, which require a mandatory handshake by law, The New York Times reported. Germany With at least 1,300 infections as of Wednesday, Germany so far has only three deaths a low rate that experts attributeto rapid testing as the outbreak unfolded. German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a warning, citingexpert estimates that up to 70 percent of the population could be infected with the virus. HOW IS GERMANY CONTROLLING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ? You have to understand that if the virus is there, and the population has no immunity yet to this virus, there are no vaccines and no therapy so far, a high percentage experts say 60 to 70 percent of the population will be infected.
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