March 5, 2020 / 4:38 PM / in 25 days

Coronavirus death toll in Italy's Lombardy region rises to 98 from 73: official

A note at the entrance to an ice cream shop warns clients to enter one at a time and keep a distance of at least one meter from each other, in Milan, Italy, March 5, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

MILAN (Reuters) - The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in the northern Italian region of Lombardy, which has borne the brunt of a nationwide contagion, has risen over the past day to 98 from 73, a local official said on Thursday.

The latest national death toll figures are due to be released later in the day. On Wednesday the tally stood at 107.

Reporting by Elvira Pollina; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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