Italy overtakes China in Covid-19 death toll

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Rome, March 19 (IANS) Italy on Thursday became the worst coronavirus-hit country with its death toll overtaking that of China, where the disease was first reported late last year.
Italy confirmed 427 more deaths in the past 24 hours, raising its toll to 3,405, the BBC reported.
The latest toll in China, as per the Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center, is 3,130.
Coronavirus-ravaged Italy, which recorded 300 plus deaths for three days running from Sunday, had on Wednesday hit a new high of 475 deaths in the last 24 hours.