The death toll in Italy from the coronavirus has overtaken China's in a stark illustration of how the outbreak has pivoted toward Europe and the United States. “Italy has world's second oldest population, 87% of those killed by COVID-19 are over 70”. Italy’s population is 4% of China’s.
There will be waves in this pandemic, expected to last 18 months in the latest US estimate. Complications abound with numerous Americans stranded abroad.
ROME (AP) — The death toll in Italy from the coronavirus overtook China's on Thursday in a stark illustration of how the outbreak has pivoted toward Europe and the United States.
Italy has surpassed China as the country with the most coronavirus deaths, officials announced Thursday.
The European nation reported 427 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing its total to 3,405, Reuters reported.
Italy passed China’s death rate the same day the city of Wuhan, China, where the outbreak is believed to have originated, recorded no new infections. As of Thursday, China has documented 3,249 deaths, 156 fewer than Italy, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Italy’s number of infected people rose by 5,322 in the last 24 hours, reaching 41,035, according to the Associated Press. The increase in cases was a 14.9 percent faster rate of growth than over the past three days, the Civil Protection Agency said, according to Reuters.
The rise in deaths was slightly lower than the 475 reported in the previous 24 hour period. More than 5,000 people infected in Italy have since recovered.
The majority of those who have died from the virus in Italy have been elderly or have suffered from underlying medical conditions, according to the AP.
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