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Italy has reported 345 new cases of coronavirus in the country during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 2,503 - an increase of 16 percent.

The total number of cases in Italy increased to 31,506 from 27,980 previously, an increase of 12.6 percent - the slowest rate of increase since the onset of infection on February 21. Italy is the European country most affected by coronaviruses.

The World Health Organization has described the coronavirus epidemic as "the specific global health crisis of our time" and urged countries to test all suspected cases of COVID-19.

Globally, the virus has infected nearly 185,000 people and killed more than 7,500 people, according to the World Health Organization. Nearly 80,000 people have recovered from the infection, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

  Here are the latest updates:

18:37 GMT - British-Iranian relief worker temporarily released from Iranian prison
Her husband said that the registered British-Iranian aid worker, Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, was temporarily released in Iran for two weeks.

"Unfortunately, Nazanin will be exceptionally required to wear an ankle sign during the leave that her parents have now rented from the authorities," said Richard Ratcliffe.

He added, "Nazanin's movements will be limited to 300 meters from her parents' home."

18:20 GMT - Most populated provinces of Canada prohibit the gathering of an additional 50 people
Ontario, Canada's largest population, has banned gatherings of more than 50 people and ordered bars and restaurants closed. The governorate accounts for nearly half of all confirmed cases.

Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford has allocated 300 million Canadian dollars to strengthen the province's health care system, including the purchase of more protective equipment and fans.

The Canadian Bankers Association said that the six largest banks in Canada will temporarily limit working hours and reduce the number of operating branches as part of new coordinated measures to support social divergence to reduce the spread of the disease.

17:50 GMT - The Trump administration wants to send checks to the Americans now
US President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday a plan to send money to Americans immediately to ease the economic shock of the coronavirus and said military-style hospitals would likely be deployed in the virus's hotspots to care for patients.

Trump has struggled to control an unpredictable virus that has upset Americans in all walks of life, Trump predicted that the economic challenge will be difficult in the short term but the economy will eventually recover.

17:21 GMT - Italy records 345 new deaths from the Coronavirus; death toll to 2503
The Civil Protection Agency said the death toll from the outbreak of the coronavirus in Italy had risen over the past 24 hours by 345 to 2503, an increase of 16 percent.

The total number of cases in Italy, the European country most affected by the virus, rose to 31,506 from the previous 27,980, up 12.6 percent, the slowest rate of increase since the outbreak of the infection on February 21.

Italy will pay 10,000 medical students to service and get rid of their final exams, to help the struggling health service cope with a coronavirus attack.

17:18 GMT - Don't call 911 to get toilet paper, Oregon State Police asks
Police in the northwestern Oregon state has urged citizens worried about a coronary virus epidemic not to call 911 if they run out of toilet paper.

The new coronavirus triggered panic buying in most parts of the United States and abroad, with items including hand sanitizer, mineral water, and toilet paper disappearing from store shelves.

"It's hard to believe we should post this. Do not call 9-1-1 just because you are running out of toilet paper," Facebook Newport, Oregon police department wrote on Facebook. "You will live without our help."

The light post did not specify how many calls the police had received via the emergency number on toilet paper, but suggested several alternatives - including using store catalog pages, sponges, and even corn cobs.

17:00 GMT - journalists traveling with Putin have ordered a mandatory coronavirus test
The Kremlin said that journalists traveling with Russian President Vladimir Putin on an official trip this week should undergo a mandatory examination of the coronavirus to prove that they do not have the disease.

Announcing a final step in an attempt to protect Putin's health, a presidential administration official announced the new case before an official trip to Crimea on Wednesday.

Russia has reported 114 cases of coronavirus so far, which is fewer than many European countries.

16:31 GMT - Putin: Putting Russia's virus "under control"
President Vladimir Putin said that the coronavirus was "brought under control" in Russia and that the outbreak had been contained.

Russia reported 114 cases of coronavirus, up from 93 on Monday, without deaths.

The country is closing its borders to foreigners as of Wednesday, and cultural and sports events have been suspended.

"We have been able to contain the spread of a mass epidemic," the Russian president said at a cabinet meeting.

16:21 GMT - International Olympic Committee committed to Tokyo 2020 games, no "fundamental decisions" needed
The International Olympic Committee does not plan for any "tough" decisions on the Tokyo 2020 Games, saying it remains fully committed to the four-month event despite the global spread of the coronavirus.

After discussions with the International Sports Federations, the International Olympic Committee said that changes to the qualifiers should be made due to the impact of the virus, but it is still planning to advance in the Olympic Games from August 24 to 9.

"The International Olympic Committee remains fully committed to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and with more than four months remaining before the Games, there is no need to take any firm decisions at this stage," she said in a statement.

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