Italy’s coronavirus death toll passes 35,000

Italy's coronavirus death toll passes 35,000
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A further 20 Covid-19 fatalities has pushed the total number of deaths in Italy to over 35,000, authorities announced on Thursday.
The Italian civil protection department said the total death toll in the country was now up to 35,017. 
 
That compares to 13 deaths on Wednesday.
 
By far the largest number of deaths were recorded in the northern Lombardy region, which was hit first and hardest by the pandemic, and where 16,775 people have died.
 
There have also been 230 more Covid-19 infections within the last 24 hours in Italy, compared to the 162 new cases registered on Wednesday.
 
The department said the number of people to have recovered from COVID-19 is up 230 to 196,246.
 
Nearly 12,500 people are currently positive for Covid-19, 750 of whom are being treated in hospital, and 53 in intensive care.
 
The total number of recorded cases since the outbreak began in Italy in late February – a figure which includes the deceased, the recovered and the currently positive – is now 243,736.
  
Italy was the first Western country to introduce a lockdown over the pandemic. The peak has long passed, but pockets of the virus periodically emerge, the latest being over 40 cases discovered this week among asylum seekers in Veneto.
 

That compares to 13 deaths on Wednesday.


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