Coronavirus death toll in Italy reaches 197, cases climb to 4,636

Red Cross personnel prepare for the transport of a Coronavirus patient during a simulation in Rome on March 6, 2020. (AP)

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has risen by 49 to 197, the Civil Protection Agency said on Friday, the largest daily increase in fatalities since the contagion was uncovered two weeks ago.

The accumulative number of cases in the country, which has been hardest hit by the virus in Europe, totaled 4,636 against 3,858 on Thursday.

A general view of empty Duomo square, as a coronavirus outbreak continues to grow in northern Italy, in Milan, Italy, February 26, 2020. (Reuters)

A general view of empty Duomo square, as a coronavirus outbreak continues to grow in northern Italy, in Milan, Italy, February 26, 2020. (Reuters)

The head of the agency said that of those originally infected, 523 had fully recovered versus 414 the day before.

The contagion is focused on a handful of hotspots in the north of Italy, but cases have now been confirmed in each of the country’s 20 regions, with deaths recorded in eight of them.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:06 - GMT 11:06
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