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Italy records 793 deaths in a day

 International Desk

 Published: 09:12 AM, 22 March 2020   Updated: 10:03 AM, 22 March 2020

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Italy recorded 793 more deaths from coronavirus on Saturday, the second day in a row of the biggest day-to-day increase in the country's four-week epidemic, after surpassing China's death toll on Thursday. 

The total number of deaths in Italy has now reached 4,825, while the number of cases rose to 53,578 from a previous 47,021, an increase of 13.9 percent. The hardest-hit northern region of Lombardy remains in a critical situation, with 3,095 deaths and 25,515 cases. 

Despite extensive measures to prevent the disease from spreading, Italy remains the worst affected country in Europe.

More than 60 percent of the latest deaths occurred in Lombardy, whose hospitals have been reeling under a staggering case load that has left intensive care beds hard to find and respirators in dire supply.