Mar 27, 2020 07:18 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Mar 31, 2020 10:26 Asia/Tehran]
  • Italy on Thursday reported 662 new deaths from the novel coronavirus
    Italy on Thursday reported 662 new deaths from the novel coronavirus

Italy reported 6,153 new infections and 662 deaths from the novel coronavirus on Thursday, pushing the global total over half a million, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Iran Press/Europe: Italy with 662 more deaths, bringing the country's death toll to 8,165 - the highest in the world.

According to the latest figures provided by the Italian Civil Protection Department, the total number of cases in the country continues to grow, while the daily death rate was a bit lower than Wednesday.

Confirmed contagions rose by 8% from Wednesday to reach 62,013. The total number of recovered or healed people reached 10,361.

The epicenter of the Italian outbreak remains the northern Lombardy region, which counts 4,861 victims alone.

Lombardy’s Governor Attilio Fontana said on Thursday that he was concerned by the fact that contagion cases in the region keep growing.

“I’m worried, maybe we are missing something,” he said.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte addressed the Senate on Thursday morning amid surging criticism over the government’s measures to contain the spread of the virus.

Conte said that Europe faces the risk of a “hard and severe recession” in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic and new extraordinary measures are needed to avoid that.

He promised that a new economic package will be approved in April, worth more than €25 billion ($27.5 billion), following the one already adopted in March for the same amount.

The Italian premier also called for European Union “recovery bonds” to shield the European economies hit by the virus spread.

Coronavirus has been recognized as COVID-19, and its first epicenter was Wuhan in China.

According to the latest statistics, more than 532 224 people worldwide have been infected with the coronavirus, of which 24087 have died and more than124 326 have recovered.


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