Italy's coronavirus death toll passes 10,000

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Italy's coronavirus death toll passes 10,000
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Italy's death toll from the novel coronavirus shot past 10,000 on Saturday with 889 new deaths, the country's civil protection service said.


The toll in Italy, which has suffered more deaths than any other country, now stands at 10,023.

An additional 5,974 confirmed infections brought to 92,472 the number of people who have officially tested positive for Covid-19 in Italy since the crisis began last month.

Some 70,065 people across Italy are currently infected with Covid-19.

The country recorded its highest daily rise in coronavirus deaths on Friday with 969 new fatalities.

Some 3,651 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Italy on Saturday.

The 889 new fatalities reported by the civil protection service came a day after the nation of 60 million registered a world record 969 deaths on Friday.

Its toll from the past three days alone reached 2,520 -- higher than the total number of deaths in either the United States or France.

Italians began to experience hope when their daily death and infection rates began to slow on March 22.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned Saturday that the European Union could lose its purpose if it fails to come up with a strong response to the coronavirus threat.

"If Europe does not rise to this unprecedented challenge, the whole European structure loses its raison d'etre (reason for existing) to the people," Conte told Saturday's edition of the Il Sole 24 Ore financial newspaper.

Italy's government is reported to be considering plans to extend a country-wide lockdown from the current end date of April 3 to April 18.


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