Italy reports 4,204 new cases of coronavirus

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Italy reported 4,204 new cases of the novel coronavirus Thursday and 610 new deaths, suggesting that the virus’s decline may be gradual in the hardest-hit European nation.

The new figures, produced by Italy’s Civil Protection Agency, brought the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 143,626. At least 18,279 people have died in Italy, the highest death toll in the world.

The number of single-day cases and deaths were both higher than earlier. The number of novel cases dipped to just over 3,000 earlier this week, while Wednesday’s number of new deaths sat at 542. 

The number of new deaths in a day hit its peak on March 27 at 919.

The Italian government is currently considering extending its national lockdown to try to expedite the virus’s decline.

Italy’s northern region of Lombardy has been the epicenter of the country’s outbreak, reporting more than 29,000 current positive cases alone.

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