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Doctors’ fatalities reach 100 in coronavirus-hit Italy

The overall number of coronavirus fatalities in Italy has exceeded 17,600

MOSCOW, April 9. /TASS/. At least 100 medics have died in Italy since the initial coronavirus infections were reported in the country, according to data uploaded to the website of the National Federation of Orders of Surgeons and Dentists on Thursday.

Meanwhile, ANSA reported on April 7 that the number of junior medical staff killed by the virus had amounted to 26, while more than 6,500 were infected.

The overall number of coronavirus fatalities has exceeded 17,600 since the pandemic hit Italy, and 139,400 people have been infected. Meanwhile, on Wednesday the country reported a record high number of single-day recoveries - 2,099 people. Overall, more than 26,000 patients have recovered as of now.

Late on Wednesday, Italian media announced the recovery of a newborn infected with coronavirus in Piedmont, and this is not the first recovery case among the babies. Cases of recoveries among coronavirus-infected centenarians are also not rare. There is a 102-years-old and a 104-year-old female patient among the recoveries, as well as a 101-year-old man. Several 90+ patients have also been discharged from hospitals in Italy.

On Tuesday, Giovanni Rezza, director of the infectious disease division of the national health institute, stated that the epidemiological curve in Italy had begun to move on the downward trajectory. He noted that in order to be sure of this trend, Italian researchers need to analyze the data coming in over the next few days.

In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia. On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 1,500,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 88,000 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far over 331,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.