Italy on Tuesday reported 345 more deaths from coronavirus, bringing the total number of victims in the country to 2,503, the highest death toll in Europe.

Figures provided by the Italian Civil Protection Department show COVID-19 cases have reached 26,062, with 2,989 new cases confirmed over the past 24 hours — the highest rise since the beginning of the outbreak in Italy.

The Italian government is hoping that its stringent containment measures, including a near-total lockdown of the country, will eventually stem the spread of the virus.

Experts say infections could continue rising for at least another week.


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