Italy’s death toll from the coronavirus overtakes China’s

The coronavirus death toll in Italy reached 3,405 on Thursday, surpassing that of China, where the outbreak began three months ago. In China, 3,249 people had died as of Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The flu-like virus spread to Italy and other parts of Europe after starting in the central China city of Wuhan and spreading quickly through surrounding Hubei province.

In Italy, the outbreak was concentrated in the northern Lombardy region, including the financial hub of Milan. Italian authorities have locked down the entire country in an attempt to contain the virus.

Italy has reported more than 400 deaths two days in a row. China on Friday reported its second straight day with no new locally transmitted cases, a first since the outbreak began.

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