March 24, 2020 / 3:44 PM / 2 months ago

Coronavirus death toll in Italy's Lombardy rises by around 400 in a day: source

ROME (Reuters) - The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in the northern region of Lombardy, which has borne the brunt of Italy’s contagion, has risen by around 400 in a day to more than 4,175, a source familiar with the data said on Tuesday.

The figure compared to some 320 deaths on Monday, and if confirmed it might dash hopes of an improvement in the situation which seemed to be emerging in the previous two days.

The number of cases in the region, which includes Italy’s financial capital Milan, increased by some 1,940 to roughly 30,700.

The nationwide tally will be released around 6.00 p.m. (1700 GMT). On Monday, the national death toll stood at 6,077, the highest in the world.

Reporting by Gavin Jones, editing by Crispian Balmer

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