Nearly 200 people have died in Italy from the novel coronavirus in one day, NBC News reports.
The Italian Civil Protection Agency confirmed to the news agency that the country, which has the worst outbreak of COVID-19 outside of China, recorded 196 deaths between Tuesday to Wednesday. NBC News reports a total of 897 deaths from the virus have been recorded in the country thus far.
The confirmation comes after earlier reports placed the total number of COVID-19 cases in Italy at 10,000 on Wednesday.
“Right now, the epicenter — the new China — is Europe,” Robert Redfield, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said.
As more cases and deaths from the virus have been reported in the country, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has reportedly announced plans to allocate 25 billion euros, or $28.3 billion, toward fighting the outbreak.
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SOURCE: The Hill, Aris Folley