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Italy surpasses China in number of coronavirus deaths

Mar 20, 2020 12:19 IST

Italy has surpassed China for the most number of deaths related to coronavirus, making it the world's deadliest center of the outbreak. The number of deaths in Italy reached 3,405 on Thursday, the Italian Civil Protection Agency said at a news conference – 156 more than China's toll, which, according to Johns Hopkins University, stands at 3,249. The total number of cases in Italy rose to 41,035 with 5,322 new cases. Italy's health system has been pushed to the brink amid the outbreak, especially in the country's north, which has seen the highest concentration of cases.