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Italy Records 743 Coronavirus Deaths, Surging to Break Two-day Trend

A medical worker in Italy. (Reuters)

A medical worker in Italy. (Reuters)

The daily toll was the second highest recorded in Italy since the crisis began, but the civil protection agency said that while the number of new cases was up on Monday's figure, the infection rate was slowing.

Italy reported a sharp rise in its coronavirus death toll Tuesday, with 743 more victims, breaking a two-day trend that had fuelled hopes the epidemic may be on the wane.

The daily toll was the second highest recorded in Italy since the crisis began, but the civil protection agency said that while the number of new cases was up on Monday's figure, the infection rate was slowing.

first published:March 24, 2020, 23:37 IST