Coronavirus deaths soar by more than 600 in one day in Italy in huge spike

Italy has seen another huge spike in coronavirus deaths, with 651 people dying in one day.

A total of 6,078 people have died from COVID-19 in the country to date, with almost 64,000 cases confirmed.

Italy's government has brought in severe measures to try and halt the spread of the virus, whose epicentre in the country is in the northern region of Lombardy near Milan.

But despite putting the country on lockdown more than two weeks ago, so far it has been unable to flatten the curve of new cases.

It has seen the highest fatality rate from the disease, with 8.6% of patients dying from the virus.

Sunday's death toll was the second-highest daily figure since the crisis began after Saturday saw 793 deaths.

Yesterday also saw the third-highest number of new cases recorded in a single day, with 5,560, down from Saturday's high of 6,557.

The UK's coronavirus figures are similar to those seen in Italy exactly two weeks ago.

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