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    VIENNA (Sputnik) - The number of coronavirus infections in Austria rose by 151 to 655 over the past day, with 7,467 people tested, the Health Ministry said on Saturday afternoon.

    The Alpine nation reported 504 cases on 13 March and updated the total to 602 on Saturday morning. It recorded the first coronavirus-related death on 12 March.

    The biggest share of infections (206) was confirmed in the mountainous province of Tyrol, followed by Upper Austria with 116 cases and capital Vienna with 101.

    The deceased patient was a 69-year-old man from Vienna who had recently travelled to Italy and suffered from underlying conditions.

    The Austrian government banned flight connections with Italy, France, Spain and Switzerland this week and announced border checks on the border with Switzerland and Liechtenstein in a bid to stop people from importing the infection.

    The coronavirus disease was first detected in Wuhan, China's Hubei province, in late December, and has since spread worldwide. On 11 March, World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has surpassed 140,000, with over 5,000 fatalities.

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