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Italy’s coronavirus death toll soars past 2,500 after week in full lockdown

Fatalities in Italy’s coronavirus outbreak have surpassed 2,500, while the number of Covid-19 cases in the country have far exceeded those remaining in China – where the epidemic began – with more than 31,000 active infections.

With a spike of 345 new deaths in the last 24 hours, Tuesday was among Italy’s most deadly in the Covid-19 outbreak gripping much of the Mediterranean nation, bringing the death toll to 2,503, out of a total 31,506 confirmed cases.