In a “tragic milestone,” Europe has surpassed China to become the epicenter of the novel coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 5,000 people around the world.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said Friday night they have seen more than 132,000 cases of COVID-19 in 123 countries since it first emerged in late December in the Chinese city of Wuhan.CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEOvernight Friday, the number of cases surged past 145,000 with the most confirmed cases coming from China, Italy, and Iran.“Europe has now become the epicenter of the pandemic with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of (the) world combined apart from China,” Tedros said via a virtual news conference in Geneva.“More cases are now being reported every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic.”Italy, the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe, recorded its highest daily toll yet.Over the past 24 hours, it has recorded more than 250 deaths, taking the total to well past 1,000 with more than 17,600 infections overall. In the three weeks since the country identified its first virus cluster, Italy initiated an unprecedented lockdown, ordering businesses to close

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