World Italy reports 475 new coronavirus deaths, lifting total death toll to 2,978
New Jersey confirms first coronavirus death
The state has reported 11 cases of COVID-19."We are sad to report the first death in a case of COVID-19 in New Jersey," a press release from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said. "Our prayers are with the family during this difficult time. We remain vigilant to doing all we can — across all levels of government — to protect the people of New Jersey.
ROME, March 18 (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)
Coronavirus Cases In Massachusetts Reach 646 After 121 New Positive Tests .
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health released the latest coronavirus numbers.The spike of positive tests in recent days is partially the result of increased testing capabilities at a state level. As of Sunday, over 6,004 people have been tested.