COVID-19: Italy reports record daily death toll of over 900 as France and Belgium extend lockdowns

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Italy reported a new grim record in the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday, with over 900 deaths in one day, surpassing Spain, which recorded 769 deaths.

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919 people died in 24 hours in Italy on Friday, to which were added the 50 deaths from the Piedmont region that Italy said it forgot to report in its official death toll on Thursday.

The Italian death toll has reached 9,134 and the country recorded a total of 86,498 confirmed cases.

Spain’s death toll has reached 4,858, with a total of 64,059 confirmed cases in the country.

The US announced on Friday that 345 people had died of COVID-19 in 24 hours – a record for the country – with a total death toll of 1,475.

The US is now the country with the most confirmed cases in the world: 97,028 cases, 18,000 of which were reported in one day on Friday.

In terms of fatalities, the US still remains far behind China (3,169) — where the virus originated — as well as Spain and Italy.

The UK announced 181 new deaths on Friday, taking its total to 759. The UK has 14,543 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

COVID-19: Italy reports record daily death toll of over 900 as France and Belgium extend lockdowns

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