Italian coronavirus deaths jump 36 per cent to 631

Reuters ROME | Updated on March 11, 2020

General view of Rome's Spanish Steps, virtually deserted after a decree orders for the whole of Italy to be on lockdown in an unprecedented clampdown aimed at beating the coronavirus, in Rome, Italy, on Tuesday. REUTERS   -  REUTERS

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has jumped by 168 to 631, an increase of 36 per cent, the Civil Protection Agency said on Tuesday, the largest rise in absolute numbers since the contagion came to light on February 21.

The total number of cases in Italy, the European country hardest hit by the virus in Europe, rose to 10,149 from a previous 9,172, an increase of 10.7 per cent.

The head of the agency said that of those originally infected, 1,004 had fully recovered compared to 724 the day before. Some 877 people were in intensive care, against a previous 733.

Published on March 11, 2020

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