Italian coronavirus deaths jump 36% to 631

A man with a protective mask walks in Madama Cristina market in Turin
A man with a protective mask walks at Madama Cristina market, which is virtually deserted after the Italian government imposed a virtual lockdown on a wide swathe of northern Italy, in Turin, Italy March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has jumped by 168 to 631, an increase of 36%, the Civil Protection Agency said on Tuesday, the largest rise in absolute numbers since the contagion came to light on Feb. 21.

The total number of cases in Italy, the European country hardest hit by the virus in Europe, rose to 10,149 from a previous 9,172, an increase of 10.7%.

The head of the agency said 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.

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