Italy’s death toll overtakes China’s, Report

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Italy's death toll overtakes China's, Report
Italy's death toll overtakes China's, Report

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104,898
Confirmed
1,715
Deaths
2,537
Recovered

The number of deaths in Italy from coronavirus has risen by 427 to 3,405, overtaking the Chinese death toll.

The figure represents the biggest single-day increase in the country since the outbreak began last month.

China has officially reported 3,245 deaths since registering the first infection at the end of last year.

Figures released today show the number of confirmed cases in Italy has risen to 41,035 from 35,713 yesterday.

Coronavirus live updates:
Country Confirmed Deaths Recovered
USA 104,898 1,715 2,537
Italy 86,498 9,134 10,950
Spain 72,248 5,690 12,285
Germany 53,340 399 6,658
Iran 35,408 2,517 11,679
France 32,964 1,995 5,700
UK 17,089 1,019 135
Switzerland 13,377 242 1,530
Netherlands 9,762 639 3
S. Korea 9,478 144 4,811
Belgium 9,134 353 1,063
Austria 8,030 68 225
Turkey 5,698 92 42
Portugal 5,170 100 43
Canada 4,757 55 354
Norway 3,970 20 7
Australia 3,635 14 170
Brazil 3,477 93 6
Israel 3,460 12 89
Sweden 3,069 105 16
Czechia 2,422 9 11
Malaysia 2,320 27 320
Denmark 2,201 65 1
Ireland 2,121 22 5
Ecuador 1,627 41 3
Chile 1,610 5 43
Luxembourg 1,605 15 40
Japan 1,499 49 404
Poland 1,481 17 7
Romania 1,452 29 139
Pakistan 1,415 12 29
Russia 1,264 4 49
Thailand 1,245 6 97
Saudi Arabia 1,203 4 37
South Africa 1,170 1 31
Finland 1,167 8 10
Indonesia 1,155 102 59
Philippines 1,075 68 35
Greece 966 28 52
Iceland 963 2 97
India 933 20 84
Panama 786 14 2
Singapore 732 2 183
Mexico 717 12 4
Diamond Princess 712 10 597
Argentina 690 17 72
Slovenia 684 9 10
Serbia 659 10 42
Estonia 645 1 20
Peru 635 11 16
Croatia 635 4 45
Dominican Republic 581 20 3
Qatar 562 0 43
Hong Kong 560 4 112
Colombia 539 6 10
Egypt 536 30 116
Iraq 506 42 131
Bahrain 473 4 254
UAE 468 2 52
New Zealand 451 0 50
Lebanon 412 8 27
Algeria 409 26 29
Lithuania 382 5 1
Armenia 372 1 28
Morocco 358 23 11
Hungary 343 11 34
Bulgaria 313 5 9
Ukraine 311 8 5
Latvia 305 0 1
Slovakia 292 0 2
Taiwan 283 2 30
Uruguay 274 0 0
Andorra 267 3 1
Costa Rica 263 2 3
Bosnia 257 4 5
Jordan 235 1 18
Kuwait 235 0 64
Tunisia 227 7 2
San Marino 223 21 6
Macedonia 219 3 3
Kazakhstan 204 1 14
Moldova, Republic of 199 2 2
Albania 197 10 31
Burkina Faso 180 9 12
Vietnam 174 0 21
Azerbaijan 165 3 15
Cyprus 162 5 15
Faroe Islands 155 0 54
Oman 152 0 23
Malta 149 0 2
Réunion 145 0 1
Ghana 137 4 2
Senegal 130 0 18
Brunei 120 1 25
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of 113 2 39
Afghanistan 110 4 2
Sri Lanka 110 0 9
Uzbekistan 104 2 5
Mauritius 102 2 0
Coast D'Ivoire 101 0 3
Cambodia 99 0 13
Palestinian Territory, Occupied 97 1 18
Guadeloupe 96 2 17
Honduras 95 1 3
Belarus 94 0 32
Martinique 93 1 0
Cameroon 91 2 2
Channel Islands 88 1 0
Georgia 85 0 14
Montenegro 82 1 0
Nigeria 81 1 3
Cuba 80 2 4
Bolivia 74 0 0
Trinidad and Tobago 66 2 1
Congo, the Democratic Republic of the 58 6 2
Kyrgyzstan 58 0 0
Paraguay 56 3 1
Liechtenstein 56 0 0
Gibraltar 55 0 14
Rwanda 54 0 0
Mayotte 50 0 0
Bangladesh 48 5 15
Monaco 42 0 1
Kenya 38 1 1
Macao 34 0 10
Aruba 33 0 1
Guatemala 32 1 4
Isle of Man 32 0 0
Jamaica 30 1 2
French Polynesia 30 0 0
French Guiana 28 0 6
Zambia 28 0 0
Barbados 26 0 0
Madagascar 26 0 0
Togo 25 1 1
Uganda 23 0 0
El Salvador 19 0 0
Mali 18 0 0
Bermuda 17 0 2
Ethiopia 16 0 1
Maldives 16 0 9
New Caledonia 15 0 0
Tanzania, United Republic of 13 0 1
Djibouti 12 0 0
Equatorial Guinea 12 0 0
Mongolia 12 0 0
Dominica 11 0 0
Saint Martin 11 0 0
Niger 10 1 0
Bahamas 10 0 1
Greenland 10 0 2
Swaziland 9 0 0
Cayman Islands 8 1 0
Curacao 8 1 2
Guinea 8 0 0
Haiti 8 0 0
Myanmar 8 0 0
Namibia 8 0 2
Suriname 8 0 0
Gabon 7 1 0
Zimbabwe 7 1 0
Antigua and Barbuda 7 0 0
Grenada 7 0 0
Mozambique 7 0 0
Seychelles 7 0 0
Benin 6 0 0
Eritrea 6 0 0
Lao People's Democratic Republic 6 0 0
Cabo Verde 5 1 0
Guyana 5 1 0
Sudan 5 1 0
Nepal 5 0 1
Fiji 5 0 0
Mauritania 5 0 0
Montserrat 5 0 0
St. Barth 5 0 0
Syrian Arab Republic 5 0 0
Nicaragua 4 1 0
Angola 4 0 0
Congo 4 0 0
Holy See (Vatican City State) 4 0 0
Gambia 3 1 0
Bhutan 3 0 0
Central African Republic 3 0 0
Chad 3 0 0
Liberia 3 0 0
Saint Lucia 3 0 1
Sint Maarten 3 0 0
Somalia 3 0 0
MS Zaandam 2 0 0
Anguilla 2 0 0
Belize 2 0 0
British Virgin Islands 2 0 0
Guinea-Bissau 2 0 0
Saint Kitts and Nevis 2 0 0
Turks and Caicos Islands 2 0 0
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 1 0 0
Papua New Guinea 1 0 0
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 0 0
Timor-Leste 1 0 0
China 81,394 3,295 74,971

The number of new Covid-19 cases is yet to plateau despite the Italian government’s best efforts.

Army trucks delivered new coffins to a cemetery in the northern Italian city of Bergamo, which suddenly finds itself at the global heart of the unfolding disaster.

Burials were taking place 30 minutes apart to avoid contagion through crowds.

Masked undertakers wrapped from head to toe in white suits carted the coffins on gurneys to speed up the process.

Italy’s ANSA news agency said the deaths of two more doctors in the nearby town of Como west of Bergamo brought the total number of medics killed by the virus to 13.

“Use your common sense and act with utmost caution,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told Italians.

“We are not underestimating anything and always acting based on the worst-case scenario.”

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Mr Conte enjoys overwhelming support from Italians for a lockdown that, while not as draconian as China’s quarantine of Wuhan’s Hubei province, seemed unimaginable for a Western democracy until this month.

A poll published in the daily La Repubblica found that 47% viewed the closure of most businesses and all schools and public institutions “positively”.

Another 47% viewed them “very positively” and just 4% said they were opposed.

Some of Mr Conte’s strictest measures, such as the closure of all shops except for grocery stores and pharmacies, had been due to expire next Wednesday.

The Italian leader was adamant that an extension of all these precautions was inevitable.

He said no new restrictions were being considered but warned: “If our prohibitions are not respected, we will have to act.”

Schools are thus unlikely to reopen on 3 April and working parents will have to find ways to look after their children while working from home for many more weeks or months.

Italy is imposing €206 fines for anyone found wandering the streets without a valid excuse such as food shopping or getting to and from work.

Police in Rome read periodic instructions out of megaphones for everyone to “stay home and maintain distance” from each other.

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Some stores are ordering shoppers to put on disposable plastic gloves.

The northern region of Emilia-Romagna took the extra step of banning jogging and walks, exercise that the national government in Rome had encouraged for health reasons.

Mr Conte’s most tangible response to the crisis has involved putting together a €25bn economic rescue package designed to help the worst affected industries.

The tourism operators’ union said it expected the number of visitors to drop to levels last seen in the mid-1960s.

But Mr Conte looked for the silver lining in the crisis.

The economic warning signs have forced ministers to “make the biggest effort in dozens of years to simplify the investment process – something that nobody (in Italy) has ever done,” Mr Conte said.

The total number of cases of reported in Europe has surpassed 100,000, according to an AFP tally at 5pm.

Europe has at least 100,470 recorded infections, including 4,752 deaths, overtaking Asia with 94,253 cases and 3,417 deaths.

This number of diagnosed cases reflects only a fraction of the actual number of infections as many countries test only those with the most severe symptoms.

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Spain orders closure of hotels

Spain has ordered all hotels in its territory to close to help stem the spread of coronavirus, under a new measure.

The measure orders “the suspension of opening to the public of all hotels and similar lodgings, tourist accommodation and other short-term accommodation… situated on national territory,” the official notice published in BOE read.

Hotels in Spain, the number-two tourist destination in the world, will close immediately for seven days.

Long-stay accommodation can remain open, providing they have the necessary infrastructure for residents to abide by the conditions of total confinement currently in force in the country.

Spain is the country that has been fourth-hardest hit by Covid-19, with 767 deaths and 17,147 infections.

French government to extend lockdown if necessary

The death toll in France has increased from 264 yesterday to 372 today, according to a public health official.

A 15-day lockdown ordered by President Emmanuel Macron to curb the coronavirus pandemic could be extended if necessary, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has said.

“The 15-day period may be extended. If necessary, the government will re-conduct it,” Mr Castaner told Europe 1 radio station.

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