Coronavirus death toll jumps from 154 to 257 in Italy’s Lombardy in one day

Sunday, March 8, 2020
By Paul Martin

RT.com
8 Mar, 2020

The coronavirus death toll in Italy’s region of Lombardy has jumped by over 100 during the past day to 257, according to local officials. Lombardy so far has been hit by the worst by the outbreak, plaguing Italy’s north.
The Lombardy spike is set to drastically increase the nation-wide death toll as well since it stood on 233 on Saturday. The all-Italy figures are expected to be released shortly.

Earlier in the day, Italy’s PM Giuseppe Conte effectively put the Lombardy region and 14 other provinces into a lockdown for nearly a month. The government avoided using the world quarantine calling it a “reduced mobility” regime instead. Still, the lockdown looks pretty much like quarantine – the citizenry has been banned from entering or leaving the outbreak zones unless for an “essential work reason” or emergency.

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