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Italy COVID-19 death toll makes the nation world’s hardest-hit

Italy COVID-19 – The death in Italy due to the novel coronavirus disease jumped to almost 800 on Saturday.

Because of this death toll, Italy is now considered as the world’s hardest-hit country and it overtook China where the virus was first detected. The recorded deaths in Italy now have reached 5,000 and on Saturday, the recorded fatalities jumped by 793, based on the report from Reuters.

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This is number is considered as the largest one-day rise since a month ago when the virus started to emerge. EU Commission head Ursula von der Leyen said, “What we all understand is that no member state can face this threat alone. The virus has no borders and the European Union is stronger when we show full solidarity.” 

A deal reached by EU finance ministers on March 5 that aimed to suspend EU budget rules that limit borrowing, giving hardest-hit Italy and other governments a free hand to fight the disease was moved to formalize by the EU Commission amid the crisis.

“The Italian government will be able to put as much money into the economy as needed. Normal budget rules, debt rules for example, will not be applied at this stage,” von der Leyen said.

In normal circumstances, the failure of Italy to reduce the country’s huge debt of 134% of gross domestic product would have drawn a rebuke from the EU executive. However, the EU Commissioner said that they have other priorities over this matter.

Meanwhile, based on the report, the number of infected persons in Italy rose to 53,578 from 47,021. A report from the Civil Protection Agency stated that there were 2,857 people in intensive care, up from 2,655.

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