THE death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has leapt by 627 to 4,032, officials said on Friday, an increase of 18.4% – by far the largest daily rise in absolute terms since the contagion emerged a month ago.
On Thursday, Italy overtook China as the country to register most deaths from the highly contagious respiratory disease.
Italy’s Civil Protection Department has announced there have been 4,032 people who have succumbed to the effects of the coronavirus after being infected.
37,860 are also reported to be sick from the virus at present. The country has even recorded a bigger death toll than in China, where the deadly virus originated.
The total number of cases in Italy rose to 47,021 from a previous 41,035, a rise of 14.6%, the Civil Protection Agency said.
In its most complete analysis of the outbreak yet published, the national health institute (ISS) said the average age of those who died was 78.5 years, with the youngest victim aged 31 and the oldest 103. The median age was 80.
More than 209,000 people have been infected by the coronavirus globally and more than 8,700 have died, according to the World Health Organization.
At least 87,000 have recovered from COVID-19, according to data collected by the Johns Hopkins University in the United States. JHU’s global death toll has surpassed 10,000.