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Coronavirus: Almost 800 more dead in Italy in 24hrs

BBC News reports on the ongoing disaster in Italy, where nearly 800 people died of Covid-19 in just 24 hours, the largest number in a single day since the outbreak began.

With more confirmed cases in a day than before, this crisis is showing no signs of abating, despite the country being locked down for more than one week.

Deaths continue to spiral in Italy. Official figures show 793 have died of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours – another daily record.

In total 4,825 people have now died across the country.

More than 53,500 have been diagnosed with the virus nationally, up more than 6,500 since yesterday.

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The rest of the world, particularly neighbours in Europe, is looking towards Italy, which has been the first country to exceed China for novel coronavirus deaths.

The chilling pattern displayed in Italy may be expected to be repeated in other countries where the virus – for which nobody is immune and there is no vaccine – is circulating.

Italy began it’s lockdown over a week ago, and yet the number of cases and deaths continues to grow on a daily basis.

In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

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The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

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