İrem UZUN -TDO- Italy has suffered its deadliest day yet in the coronavirus outbreak with 475 deaths in a day and is poised to overtake China as the world’s worst affected country, as Europe tightened a lockdown affecting about 250 million people. That's the highest death toll reported in a day by any country since the virus originated in Wuhan, China, late last year. China recorded its highest single-day death toll of 150 on Feb 23.
The latest figures, announced on 18 March by Italy's civil protection chief Angelo Borrelli, reveal that 2,978 people have died with the Coronavirus in Italy since the outbreak began in the north of the country in late February. Borelli said that a total of 4,025 people in Italy have recovered from Coronavirus, with 28,710 people in Italy currently infected with Covid-19.
The vast majority of cases and deaths have been recorded in the northern Italian region of Lombardy, the area worst affected by the outbreak. Attilio Fontana, the governor of Lombardy, issued a desperate appeal to citizens on Wednesday, urging them to stay remain at home or face more stringent lockdown measures. “Unfortunately, the number of infections is not decreasing. They continue to rise, and soon we will not be able to heal those who are falling ill,” he said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Europe as the new epicenter of the coronavirus, which first emerged in Wuhan, China last December. According to WHO data, the virus has now spread to 164 countries and territories, and there were over 194,000 cases and nearly 7,900 fatalities around the world by Thursday. In one small, hopeful sign, the rise in the number of active cases in Italy, the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe, slowed to 10%, the weakest gain in over a week.