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Italy passes 10,000 coronavirus cases as national quarantine moves closer to total shutdown

March 11, 2020


More than 10,000 people have now been confirmed to have the coronavirus in Italy as a national lockdown remains in place, with even tougher measures being considered.

Italy has now 10,149 confirmed cases of the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University and Italy’s Civil Protection agency, and 631 deaths from the virus, up 168 from Monday.

As the health emergency brings Italy to a standstill, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced Wednesday that the government will set even more money aside to tackle the outbreak, raising it to 25 billion euros ($28.3 billion) — up from the 7.5 billion euros announced last week.

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