Coronavirus: 196 People Die Within 24-hours In Italy

Nearly 200 people in Italy have died in 24 hours as cases of coronavirus in the country continue to rise.

There have been 827 deaths in Italy and the number of cases increased by more than 2,000, from 10,149 to 12,462, official figures showed.

In the worst-hit area, the northern region of Lombardy, there have been 617 fatalities, an increase of 149 in the last 24 hours.

The number of cases in the region – which includes Italy’s financial capital Milan and has seen the majority of cases of the virus – has also risen by 1,489 in the last 24 hours, Reuters reported.

It comes after the Republic of Ireland reported its first death of a patient who tested positive for coronavirus, the country’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has said.

In a statement, chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “I would like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of this patient.

“I urge the media and the public to respect their privacy at this difficult time.

“We continue our efforts to interrupt the transmission of this virus. It will take all of us, collectively to succeed. Please continue to follow public health advice.”

Countries including Sweden, Belgium, Bulgaria and Kuwait have also reported their first fatalities following positive tests for COVID-19 – the disease caused by coronavirus.

Earlier on Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said up to 70% of the country’s population could be infected with coronavirus, with the number of deaths linked to the disease rising across the world.

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