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Italy's Coronavirus Death Count Jumps 196 in 24 Hours

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Wednesday, 11 March 2020 04:55 PM

Italian officials said Wednesday evening that coronavirus cases in the country grew to 12,462 infections and 827 deaths – a jump of 196 in 24 hours – leading the country to close all stores except pharmacies and food markets.

They attributed the one-day increase to the heavily impacted Lombardy region not fully reporting its numbers Tuesday.

Also, World Health Organization officials are telling national governments it is time for aggressive action now that the worldwide coronavirus outbreak has reached the level of a pandemic.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said with the U.N. health agency's pandemic declaration Wednesday, countries were being called upon "to scale up your emergency response mechanisms."

His advice included: "Ready your hospitals, protect and train your health workers, and let's all look out for each other because we need each other."

Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO's emergencies chief, gave a blunt warning about the urgency of the public health emergency.

Ryan said: "Iran and Italy are in the frontline now. They're suffering, but I guarantee you other countries will be in that situation soon."

Speaking in Geneva on Wednesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the spread of COVID-19 had reached the level of a pandemic, noting there are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries and 4,291 deaths.

He said, while the declaration "doesn't change what countries should do" to aggressively contain the virus, the U.N. health agency is "deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity."

Tedros said: "We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear."

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Italian officials said Wednesday evening that coronavirus cases in the country grew to 12,462 infections and 827 deaths, a jump of 196 in 24 hours, leading the country to close all stores except pharmacies and food markets.
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