Italy Reports 475 New Coronavirus Deaths, Lifting Total Death Toll to 2,978

Authorities report the total number of cases in the country has risen to 35,713

A health official at a residential building in Milan, Italy, March 17, 2020.
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The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has surged in the last 24 hours by 475 to 2,978, an increase of 19 percent, the biggest jump in numerical terms since the contagion came to light last month, officials said on Wednesday.

The total number of cases in Italy, the European country hardest hit by the virus, rose to 35,713 from a previous 31,506, up 13.35 percent, the Civil Protection Agency said.

Of those originally infected, 4,025 had fully recovered compared to 2,941 the day before. Some 2,257 people were in intensive care against a previous 2,060.