Italy on Friday reported 627 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, a new grim record that brings the number of total deaths to 4,032, the highest in the world.

The latest figures provided by the Italian Civil Protection Department show that the total number of cases in the country continues to grow, climbing by 14% from Thursday to reach 37,860.

The epicenter the Italian outbreak remains the northern Lombardy region, which counts now 2,549 victims, more than half of the total.

Following urgent calls by local authorities, the government is working on more stringent measures to prevent people from

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