TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_Spain's health emergencies chief Fernando Simon said the number of registered cases in the country rose to 19,980 on Friday from 17,147 on Thursday.
Madrid remains the worst-hit area, accounting for 7,165 cases, or 36 percent of the total infections in Spain, while the number of deaths in the capital rose to 628 -- around 63 percent of the national total.
Belgium recorded 16 new deaths because of the coronavirus, for a total of 37 in the country, the biggest daily rise since the beginning of the epidemic, a spokesman for the Belgian health ministry said.
The country added 462 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of infected in the country to 2257.
Swiss health authorities said the number of coronavirus cases in Switzerland and Liechtenstein has risen by 952 within a day to 4,840 people, with 43 people reported to have died from the disease.
Meanwhile, Germany's biggest state of Bavaria became the country's first to order a lockdown.
President Emmanuel Macron said France is only at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis and is in a race to curb its progress.
"We are at the start of this crisis. We have taken exceptional measures to absorb this first wave, but we've started a race against the virus," Macron said at the start of a crisis meeting at the interior ministry.
Italy said its death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has undergone a surge in the last 24 hours, overtaking that of China despite strict measures Rome has imposed on its citizens to curb the pandemic.
Health officials confirmed 427 new deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, which brought the total toll to 3,405 nationwide.
The total number of cases in Italy, the hardest-hit nation in Europe, also rose to 41,035, from a previous 35,713, up 14.9 percent, according to the Civil Protection Agency.