Coronavirus: Italy virus deaths rise but infections slow again – BBC News

Italy is currently the worst-affected nation, with 6,820 now reported dead from coronavirus, according to the latest figures.

But the rate of infection has seemingly slowed there in the last few days, raising hopes that strict social-distancing measures are having an effect.

On Tuesday, Italian officials said the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had jumped by 3,612 to 69,176, which is about a 1% decrease in new cases on the previous day.

BBC Rome correspondent Mark Lowen said the continued slowing of new cases in Italy is “starting to look like a trend”.

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Italy is a republic in central Europe which forms a peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea as well as bordering France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily form part of the main territory of Italy. Italy is part of the Eurozone, having entered the common currency on 1st January 1999.

The capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.

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