Gondoliers chat as they wait for customers near St. Mark's square in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. G-7 countries say they are ready to take action to cushion the economic impacts of the new coronavirus outbreak, a statement that comes after a few days of wild market swings. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Gondoliers chat as they wait for customers near St. Mark's square in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. G-7 countries say they are ready to take action to cushion the economic impacts of the new coronavirus outbreak, a statement that comes after a few days of wild market swings. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Italian coronavirus cases surpass 2,500, including 79 deaths

By DPA Time of article published Mar 3, 2020

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World - Italy's new coronavirus cases have jumped to 2,502, in a 22-per-cent increase from the previous day, Civil Protection Agency head Angelo Borrelli says.

Of the total, 79 patients have died and 160 have recovered from the virus. On Monday, Borrelli's agency reported 52 deaths and 149 recoveries.

Some 1,263 people are in hospital, including 229 under intensive care, while 1,000 have mild symptoms or none at all and are expected to shake off the virus under isolation at home.

The outbreak Italy remains concentrated in the country's north, with 1,520 cases in Lombardy, 420 in Emilia-Romagna and 307 in Veneto. With the exception of Valle d'Aosta in the north-west, all Italian regions have reported cases of the coronavirus.

And in other news, a half marathon from Rome to its seaside suburb of Ostia, scheduled for Sunday, will not take place due to novel coronavirus contagion risks, authorities say.

Given the advice coming from health authorities, holding the event would be "inappropriate," the municipality of Rome says in a statement.

Thousands of runners were due to take part in the Roma-Ostia run, Italy's most popular half marathon.

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