The number of cases of the COVID-19 in Italy has exceeded 1,000, with the death toll rising by eight to 29 in the past 24 hours. Globally the number of cases now stands at nearly 87,000 with 2,979 death. Iran has nearly 600 recorded cases with 43 confirmed deaths. The US and Australia recorded the first of the deaths from the virus on Saturday. France was the latest country to ban mass gatherings.