Over 74000 COVID-19 cases in Italy, toll reaches 7503

Nellie Chapman
March 27, 2020

The number of new coronavirus cases and deaths in Italy ticked higher on Thursday, March 26.

Among the people positive to the coronavirus, some 30,920, asymptomatic or with light symptoms, are now under home confinement, and 3,489 are in intensive care, while the rest 23,112 are hospitalized in normal wards, the Civil Protection Department added.

The data shows more than 495,600 cases have been reported worldwide, with the death toll above 22,000 and almost 120,000 recoveries.

The number of cases is nudging close to the more than 81,000 infections recorded in China where the pandemic began. The number of coronavirus deaths rose 683 to 7,503.

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Replying to criticism that much more action could be taken immediately, Borelli supported that "it seems to me that we immediately understood that this epidemic was a serious matter", adding that "as the Civil Protection protocols say, the intervention must always be proportionate to the risk". Fatalities linked to the COVID-19 included 31 doctors, of which at least five were family doctors who died in the last 24 hours, the Italian federation of general medicine physicians said on Wednesday.

Italy has seen more fatalities than any other country, with latest figures showing that 7,503 people have died from the infection in barely a month.

The rise in the number of deaths represents a daily increase of 21 percent, a slight slowing from the previous two days with the country now in its second week of lockdown.

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