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Italy’s coronavirus death toll passes 1,000

Italy’s death toll passed 1,000 today, with 189 new fatalities taking its toll in just over two weeks to 1,016, second behind China, official data show.

The number of deaths is just below Italy’s single-day record of 196 reported yesterday. The number of daily infections rises to 2,651 from 2,313 yesterday, reaching 15,113 overall.

Officials on both sides of the Atlantic say Europe is the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

CDC Director Robert Redfield tells US lawmakers in House hearing that “within the world now, over 70% of new cases are linked to Europe. … Europe is the new China.”

The head of the Danish Health Authority, Soeren Brostroem, says today that “ the epidemic has gotten a new epicenter, and that is Europe.”

He tells reporters that “if one looks at day-by-day developments, Europe has the greatest growth now. And it is not just Italy, but also a number of other countries in Europe that have had a worrying development.”