The death toll from novel coronavirus in Italy surged to 148 on Thursday, according to an official.

Angelo Borelli, head of Civil Protection Department, said in a daily briefing that the coronavirus cases rose to 3,296, while the total number of affected, including deaths and recoveries, reaching 3,858.

Borrelli said that 41 more deaths recorded over the past 24 hours, adding that some 414 people have recovered so far.

According to the local media, a new-born baby in Brescia city tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The country suspended all schools and universities until the mid-March amid the spread

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