23:48 GMT03 April 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Spain has risen to 23, the newspaper El Pais reported.

    The Spanish Health Ministry earlier reported 14 coronavirus cases, not counting two cases of infection in foreigners who have already been discharged from hospitals.

    Europe has witnessed a sharp rise in cases of the novel coronavirus this week after an outbreak was registered in Italy. After that, several countries, including Austria, Croatia, Switzerland, Norway, and Denmark, confirmed their first cases of COVID-19. Italy is one of the European countries hardest hit by the outbreak, with about 400 people infected with COVID-19.

    France was the first European country to report a patient infected with coronavirus in January. On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that France was preparing for an increase in the number of coronavirus cases.

    Originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, COVID-19 has swiftly spread across the world, with over 2,850 deaths registered worldwide, according to the latest data by the World Health Organisation.

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