Authorities in Italy say 631 people have now died from Covid-19 in the country – an increase of 168 in just one day.
It is Italy’s largest daily death count since the nation’s outbreak began. Meanwhile the number of people infected by the virus has also increased from 9,172 to 10,149.
Of those originally infected, 1,004 have made a full recovery, the head of the Civil Protection Agency said.
However, the are 877 people in intensive care in the country, up from the 733 previously reported.
The whole of Italy is currently on lock-down in a bid to try and stop the rapid spread of coronavirus.
A ban on public gatherings is in place, while cinemas, theatres, gyms and pubs are also being closed.
Funerals and weddings will not take place, while schools and universities will stay shut until at least April 3.
In the UK, the Foreign Office has now warned Brits against ‘all but essential travel’ to Italy.
Anyone returning from Italy to the UK will also be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
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