The number of worldwide cases of COVID-19 continues to rise; there are now 80,238 cases in 34 countries and 2,700 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). While the number of new daily cases in China is falling off, the number of new nations to report cases is rising as are the total cases in South Korea, which have soared, with 977 sickened and 10 dead. Italy is reporting a number of infection clusters, in Northern Italy, with 227 sickened and six dead. Cases there are largely mild; however, WHO officials said Monday that the "rapid increase in reported cases in Italy over the past two days is of concern," particularly given the likely instances of human-to-human transmission of the virus. Italy has closed schools and bars and canceled mass gatherings such as sporting events in the regions where cases have been reported. Iran has 61 cases and 12 deaths. In the U.S., there are now 53 cases, driven by an uptick in positive tests among those individuals who were repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan. Kuwait is the newest nation to report a case, now to a total of eight cases. COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that was first detected by authorities in December in Wuhan, China. It has primarily impacted China, which has reported nearly 99% of the deaths and 97% of cases.