Italy coronavirus death toll jumps by 168 in a day, reaches to 631

Italy coronavirus death toll jumps by 168 in a day, reaches to 631
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Italy's death toll has risen by 168 people in the space of 24 hours - with 631 people confirmed to have died after contracting the virus so far, APA reports.

The increase in the nation's death toll marks the highest rate of fatalities so far for the Mediterranean nation which has been the worst affected country in Europe since initial cases were first reported on 31 January.

Officials in Rome added the number of those infected had broken into five figures - with 10,149 testing positive for Covid-19 compared to 9,172 the previous day.

The nation's Civil Protection Agency added that, of those originally infected, 1,004 had fully recovered compared to 724 the day before. Some 877 people were in intensive care against a previous 733. 

It comes after the nation introduced some of the most stringent quarantine policies in the world - with the entire country facing travel restrictions and all public gatherings cancelled.

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