Italy Coronavirus Deaths Surge by 793 in a Day, Lifting Total Death Toll to 4,825

March 21, 2020 Updated: March 22, 2020
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ROME—The death toll from an outbreak of the CCP virus in Italy has leapt by 793 to 4,825, officials said on Saturday, an increase of 19.6 percent—by far the largest daily rise in absolute terms since the contagion emerged a month ago.

The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.

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Medical personnel at work in the intensive care unit of the hospital of Brescia, Italy, on March 19, 2020. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

The total number of cases in Italy rose to 53,578 from a previous 47,021, an increase of 13.9 percent, the Civil Protection Agency said.

The hardest-hit northern region of Lombardy remains in a critical situation, with 3,095 deaths and 25,515 cases.

Of those originally infected nationwide, 6,072 had fully recovered on Saturday compared to 5,129 the day before. There were 2,857 people in intensive care against a previous 2,655.

By Giselda Vagnoni

Epoch Times staff contributed to this report