World coronavirus death toll passes 3,000 as disease kills five more people in Italy – where cases have jumped 50% in a day

Sunday, March 1, 2020
By Paul Martin

Case numbers also soared to almost 1,700, roughly 500 fresh cases today
Outbreak is one of the largest outside of mainland China and Europe’s biggest
Despite checkpoints around contaminated northern regions, it is seeping out

1 March 2020

The global coronavirus death toll has hit 3,000 following a sudden spike in Italian cases.

Five fatalities were announced in Italy today, taking its death toll to 34 as infection continues to cripple the country’s northern regions.

Total case numbers rose to 1,694 after the Civil Protection Agency revealed roughly 500 fresh positive tests this evening – an alarming 50 per cent leap in just 24 hours.

The outbreak is one of the largest outside of mainland China and is steadily seeping across the continent, despite the infection hotbeds of Lombardy and Veneto on lock-down.

Ministers in Rome have taken drastic measures to firefight the outbreak, including scrapping public events and erecting police checkpoints around the 11 contaminated towns.

But despite the travel freeze from virus-hit areas, where 50,000 citizens are in quarantine, cases dotted across Europe have been traced back to Italy.

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