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COVID-19: Italy announces 793 new deaths in another grim daily record

Italy's tally of coronavirus cases and deaths keeps rising, with new day-to-day highs: it announced 793 dead and 6,557 new cases on Saturday, breaking its own grim record of 627 deaths on Friday.




The country has now passed China as the worst-hit by COVID-19.


As of Saturday, the coronavirus COVID-19 has killed 12,592 people worldwide, the majority in Europe (7,199) and Asia (3,459), the AFP reported.


Germany and Switzerland announced on Saturday they will open hospitals to patients from the neighbouring region of eastern France, which is struggling with a surge of infections from the virus.


Italy's tally of coronavirus cases and deaths keeps rising, with new day-to-day highs: it announced 793 dead and 6,557 new cases on Saturday, breaking its own grim record of 627 deaths on Friday.


The country has now passed China as the worst-hit by COVID-19.


As of Saturday, the coronavirus COVID-19 has killed 12,592 people worldwide, the majority in Europe (7,199) and Asia (3,459), the AFP reported.


Germany and Switzerland announced on Saturday they will open hospitals to patients from the neighbouring region of eastern France, which is struggling with a surge of infections from the virus.


Twelve French patients are to be welcomed in German hospitals in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg while six others will go to hospitals in three Swiss "cantons" near the French border, the Haut-Rhin authorities in Alsace, France announced on Saturday.


France has started to build field hospitals in its eastern region of Alsace, after hospitals in cities Mulhouse and Colmar were overwhelmed with coronavirus cases earlier this week.


On Saturday, France announced that 112 died in one day, reaching a total of 562 deaths and 6,172 cases in hospital.


Spain announced 1,326 deaths of coronavirus including 283 new deaths on Saturday, a 32% increase from Friday.


To prevent the spread of the virus, Boris Johnson announced on Friday the UK would be closing bars, restaurants, cinemas and theatres.

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