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The News Roundup — International

A woman walks across a deserted Pope Pius XII square in Rome, near the Vatican's St. Peter's Square (Rear) during the lockdown.
A woman walks across a deserted Pope Pius XII square in Rome, near the Vatican's St. Peter's Square (Rear) during the lockdown.

The coronavirus pandemic is getting worse in Europe.

In Italy, the number of deaths from coronavirus has surpassed those from China. And a quickly rising death toll in Spain  prompted the government to shut down non-essential businesses and public gatherings.

Cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, have also hit Iran especially hard. Experts warned that up to 3.5 million people could die by May if stricter measures aren’t implemented. The United States also  imposed new sanctions against Iran, which could make the situation worse. International calls for the U.S to ease up on Iran came after a retaliatory American air strike against a pro-Iranian militia in Iraq.

But the first time since December, there were no new reports of locally transmitted case s of coronavirus in China from the previous day. Although China offers the rest of the world hope that the ‘curve’ can be flattened, it continues to face condemnation for issues of censorship following the expulsion of several U.S journalists .

Meanwhile, Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas pledged to hold China “accountable” for its role in the pandemic. And amid criticism that the phrase is racist and xenophobic, President Donald Trump continued to call the coronavirus the “Chinese virus.”

We’ll cover the biggest stories from beyond America’s borders on the News Roundup.

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