FLASH: Italy Records 627 New Coronavirus Deaths In 24 Hours
Emerging report indicates that Italy has recorded 627 deaths from the Coronavirus pandemic in 24 hours bringing the nationwide death toll to 4,032.
This represents an increase of 18.4% - by far the largest daily rise in absolute terms since the virus emerged in February.
On Thursday, Italy overtook China as the country to register most deaths from the highly contagious respiratory disease.
The total number of cases in Italy rose to 47,021 from a previous 41,035, a rise of 14.6%, the Civil Protection Agency said.
The national health institute (ISS) said the average age of those who died was 78.5 years, with the youngest victim aged 31 and the oldest 103. The median age was 80. Some 41% of all those who died were aged between 80-89, with the 70-79 age group accounting for a further 35%.
Authorities said most of the dead had existing health problems before they were sickened with the coronavirus, such as heart disease and diabetes.
The soaring numbers in the country with Europe's largest outbreak come despite a national lockdown to drastically limit the reasons citizens can leave their homes.
11,430 persons have died from the virus globally.