Guwahati, March 22
In a significant development in the Coronavirus scare worldwide, the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Italy has leapt by 627 on Friday to 4,032 with a spike of 18.4 percent, which is the largest daily rise in absolute terms since it emerged.
Until Friday, Italy had never recorded more than 475 deaths in a single day, while China, where the contagion has slowed sharply, has never reported more than 150.
The total number of cases in Italy rose to 47,021 from a previous 41,035, an increase of 14.6 percent, the Civil Protection Agency said.
The hardest-hit northern region of Lombardy remains in a critical situation, with 2,549 deaths and 22,264 cases.
Earlier Friday, the Italian government announced that the military can be used to help enforce the lockdown, the president of the Lombardy region, Attilio Fontana, told the media.