Italy’s deaths from coronavirus exceed 10,000 despite lockdown

Elias Hubbard
March 29, 2020

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy climbed by 756 to 10,779, the Civil Protection Agency said, the second successive fall in the daily rate.

Italy has been the worst affected country by the coronavirus pandemic, having recently surpassed China in number of confirmed cases and related deaths.

However, the US has registered far fewer deaths (1,993) than Italy, which has a world-leading fatality rate of 9.23%.

Officials on Saturday (local time) said 889 more people died in the previous 24 hours, the second highest daily tally since the epidemic emerged on February 21, and that total fatalities reached 10,023.

"Certainly, if drastic containment measures had not been adopted, we would have many more numbers, and our health structures - which are already in critical conditions - would have been in a more dramatic state", said head of Italy's Civil Protection Angelo Borrelli on Saturday, after being asked about the ever-surging death toll, according to a report by La Repubblica.

In Europe, Italy has reported the highest number of deaths at 9,134 while the death toll in Spain is 5,982. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory urging all residents of New York City and others in New York state, New Jersey and CT to avoid all nonessential travel for 14 days.

There are at least 124,686 confirmed cases across the country, with 2,191 deaths. It has taken a further eight days for the total to go from just over 200 to just over 1200.

Spain reported 7516 new cases on Saturday, taking the total to 73,235.

A growing number of imported coronavirus cases in China risked fanning a second wave of infections when domestic transmissions had "basically been stopped", while eased travel curbs may also add to domestic risks.

As even rich countries struggle, aid groups warn the toll could be in the millions in low-income countries and war zones such as Syria and Yemen, where health care systems are in tatters. The US, which is much larger in size as compared to Italy, has reported 373 cases per million and 7 deaths per million population so far.

The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the USA government's top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday, as authorities urged people in and around the nation's deadliest hot spot, New York City, to limit their travel to contain the scourge.

"In the past 24 hours we had 123 deaths and 2901 people have been infected, bringing the total number of infected people to 38,309", Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to the health minister, said in a tweet.

More than 145,000 people have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins. "The average age of those who have died of the disease is 69". On 17 March, Iran said it had freed about 85,000 people from jail temporarily, including political prisoners.

However, officials from the country's National Health Institute warned that the virus has not peaked yet.

But after Spain on Friday withdrew 58,000 Chinese-made coronavirus testing kits after discovering they had an accuracy rate of just 30%, the Netherlands - which has recorded 771 deaths, with more than 10,000 confirmed cases - on Sunday recalled 600,000 Chinese face masks when they, too, were found to be defective.

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