AFP: Italy's dead overwhelm morgues as virus toll tops 8,00027 March 2020 | 01:09 | FOCUS News Agency
The rise in daily deaths edged down to the lowest point in the crisis -- 8.8 percent -- while the infection rate stood at around eight percent for the fourth day running. But the numbers are not dropping much further and Italians appear to be coming to terms with the realisation that two weeks of life under lockdown have not made the disease go away.
"Until we see this damn rate drop, we will have to continue making very hard sacrifices," deputy civil protection service chief Agostino Miozzo said in reference to the ever-tightening containment measures. Italy's coronavirus death toll now stands at 8,165 -- more than that of second-placed Spain and China, where the virus emerged in December, combined.
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