Italy surpasses China in number coronavirus deaths

Italy surpasses China in number coronavirus deaths

Nearly 220,000 people have now been confirmed with the coronavirus globally, of which at least 84,000 have recovered from COVID-19, while more than 8,800 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University in the US.

Italy has officially surpassed China for the largest number of coronavirus-related deaths after the death toll rose in the last 24 hours by 427 to 3,405.

Meanwhile, Chinese coronavirus experts warn northern Italy’s lockdown measures are not enough.

A total of 2,978 deaths were confirmed on Wednesday after Italy recorded 475 deaths from COVID-19, and the increase of 427 deaths on thursday brings the death toll in Italy to a total of 3,405.

A total 3,245 people have died in China since the virus first emerged there late last year. But Italy has far fewer confirmed cases – 41,035 as of Thursday against 80,907 in China.

The Italian Civil Protection Agency said at a news conference that the total number of cases in the country rose to 41,035 on Thursday, which includes 5,322 new cases.

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