Coronavirus: Italy cases probably 10 times higher, civil protection agency head says

More than 680 people have died from coronavirus in Italy in the last 24 hours

More than 680 people have died from coronavirus in Italy in the last 24 hours

Newly released data from Italy's Civil Protection revealed that the country's death toll from the virus has risen from 7,503 deaths on Wednesday to 8,165 on Thursday.

Priest Don Giuseppe Arnaudo (right) holds a crucifix and blesses houses along with Don Kresimir Busic on March 25, 2020, in Manta, near Cuneo, northwestern Italy, as part of a countryside procession against the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Borelli, however, the number of new confirmed infection cases was slowing down for three consecutive days.

"We are in a phase of apparent stabilization, and we believe the number of infected people, or new cases, is consistent with the trend that the virus spreading has had in the country", Agostino Miozzo, coordinator of the Civil Protection's scientific-technical committee, told the press conference.

"Unfortunately, the numbers are not very nice, the number of infected people has increased a bit too much compared to the line of the past few days", said Attilio Fontana, the governor of Lombardy - Italy's worst-infected region with the coronavirus. "In the following hours we will see if the growth curve is really starting to flatten", he added.

However, both European nations have reported a lower rate of infections over the last 24 hours. In Italy, 683 people died in one day from Corona. By region, Lombardy has the highest number of deaths with 4,861 and positive cases with 22,189, followed by Emilia Romagna, 1,174 and 8,850; Piedmont, 449 and 5,950; and Veneto, 287 and 6,140.

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