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50% acceleration in Coronavirus cases in Italy

According to the authorities in Italy, the epicenter of coronavirus outbreak in Europe, on Sunday, the total number of people infected in Italy had risen to 1,694, a 50% jump from just 24 hours earlier. While 83 people in Italy have fully recovered from this contagion, 34 lost their lives. Italian health authorities expect the number of virus-affected patients to rise further since it takes as long as two weeks for containment measures to take effect, and because Italy has a large number of elderly people.

Many countries such as the USA have rolled out severe travel warnings for the 11 Italian towns that have been on lockdown since the virus exploded there on Feb. 21. The US representing 9% of foreign tourists and the second-largest national group behind Germans, who visit Italy.