World Italy coronavirus deaths rise by 743 in a day, lifting total death toll to 6,820

21:30  24 march  2020
21:30  24 march  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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a group of people walking in front of a brick building: Spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rome © Reuters/Alberto Lingria Spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rome ROME (Reuters) - The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has grown by 743 to 6,820, the head of the Civil Protection Agency said on Tuesday, reversing a decline in fatalities seen over the last two days.

On Monday 602 people died. That followed 650 deaths on Sunday and 793 on Saturday -- the highest daily figure since the contagion came to light on Feb. 21.

The total number of confirmed cases in Italy rose to 69,176 from a previous 63,927, an increase of 8.2%, in line with Monday's growth rate, the Civil Protection Agency said.

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Of those originally infected nationwide, 8,326 had fully recovered on Tuesday compared to 7,432 the day before. There were 3,396 people in intensive care against a previous 3,204.

The hardest-hit northern region of Lombardy remained in a critical situation, with a total of 4,178 deaths and 30,703 cases. That compared with 3,776 deaths and 28,761 cases reported up to Monday. 

(Reporting by Crispian Balmer, editing by Gavin Jones)

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