Coronavirus claims over 8000 lives in Italy with 80539 cumulative cases

Clay Curtis
March 27, 2020

Another 662 people have died from coronavirus in Italy, officials said Thursday, bringing the country's total confirmed death toll from the outbreak to 8,165.

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 7,503 lives in Italy, while the cumulative number of confirmed cases have reached 74,386, Italian authorities said.

"Unfortunately, the numbers are not very nice, the number of infected people has increased a bit too much compared to the line of the past few days", said Attilio Fontana, the governor of Lombardy - Italy's worst-infected region with the coronavirus.

The northern region of Lombardy, by far the hardest-hit, showed a steep decline in the number of deaths and new infections on Wednesday, raising hopes that the epidemic may be slowing at its original epicentre.

The Civil Protection Agency said Piedmont's data had arrived too late to be included in the nationwide total, and so will be added on Friday.

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"This makes us to think it is absolutely crucial to keep respecting the measures of social distancing, if we want to see the curve stabilize and then decrease", he stressed.

That compared with 4,474 deaths and 32,346 cases reported up to Wednesday.

The overall number of people to have been infected in Italy, including the deceased and people who have recovered, is 74,386.

Spain on the other hand continued its steady death toll, with over 700 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. "We will also transfer some 500 nurses in the areas with the highest number of COVID-19 patients".

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