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Italy reports 475 new coronavirus deaths, lifting total death toll to 2,978

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Italy reports 475 new coronavirus deaths, lifting total death toll to 2,978

 

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A medical worker in a protective suit monitors a coronavirus patient who is being transferred in an ambulance from the intensive care unit of the Gemelli Hospital to the Columbus Covid Hospital, which has been assigned as one of the new coronavirus treatment hospitals in Rome, Italy, March 16, 2020. Picture taken March 16, 2020. Gemelli Policlinico/Handout via REUTERS

 

ROME (Reuters) - The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has surged in the last 24 hours by 475 to 2,978, an increase of 19%, the biggest jump in numerical terms since the contagion came to light last month, officials said on Wednesday.

 

The total number of cases in Italy, the European country hardest hit by the virus, rose to 35,713 from a previous 31,506, up 13.35%, the Civil Protection Agency said.

 

Of those originally infected, 4,025 had fully recovered compared to 2,941 the day before. Some 2,257 people were in intensive care against a previous 2,060.

 

(Reporting by Crispian Balmer, editing by Gavin Jones)

 

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1 hour ago, hotchilli said:

And some people still say it's just flu carry on as normal and don't shut anything !!!

Or some people compare it to the road deaths. We have to keep in mind that this virus adds up to the death tall, either caused by the flu or road carnage.

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