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Italy surpasses China in COVID-19 cases

The number is 86,498

ROME, March 27. /TASS/. The Italian government has documented 969 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, which is an absolute high since the start of the outbreak, Italy’s Administration for Public Security informed on Friday, adding that 50 deaths not counted the day before had been added to the daily total.

The total amount of those infected with the virus has surpassed the number of those infected in China, reaching 86,498, including those killed and 10,950 people who recovered. The amount of those infected has risen by 4,401 in the past 24 hours.

So far, the US is leading in coronavirus cases, with 93,151 people infected. However, the amount of deaths in the US is significantly lower at 1,382. The total amount of those infected in China, where the daily increase in cases has gone down to several dozens a day, has reached 81,340, with 3,292 people dead and 74,588 recovered. Spain has reported 64,059 COVID-19 cases and 4,858 deaths, while 9,357 have recovered.

In late December 2019, Chinese authorities notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in more than 160 countries, including Russia. Russia has identified 1,036 cases of the virus, three people have died, 45 have recovered.

On March 11, WHO declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a global pandemic.