Coronavirus death toll in Italy soars to 29

The coronavirus death toll in Italy has soared from 21 to 29, meaning eight people have died in 24 hours.

It was also confirmed by officials on Saturday afternoon that the number of people infected in Italy had risen from 820 to 1,128.

The head of the Civil Protection Agency said this number includes some 50 people who have recovered and the 29 deaths.

All of the 21 victims who died before today were elderly people who had also been suffering from other health issues.

The outbreak had intensified in Lodi, near Milan, on Thursday with a sudden spike in the number of people hospitalised, according to Lombardy’s governor, Attilio Fontana.

The Foreign Office has advised against ‘all but essential travel’ to 11 towns in northern Italy.

This includes 10 small towns in Lombardy (Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano) and one in Veneto (Vo’ Euganeo), which are on lock-down in a bid to contain the disease.

It comes as three more people test positive for the deadly illness in England, bringing the UK total to 23.

The new cases are in Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire and Berkshire, Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty announced on Saturday afternoon.

Two of the patients had recently travelled back from Italy while the other had returned from Asia. All are being investigated and individuals who came into contact with those diagnosed are now being traced.

The virus claimed its first British life on Friday, a man in his 70s who did not live in the UK.

Deaths in Iran from coronavirus hit 43, the highest number outside China, and the number of infected people rose to 593, an Iranian health official said on Saturday.

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