March 10, 2020 / 5:26 PM / a month ago

Italian coronavirus deaths jump 36% to 631

People salute using their feet to avoid contact, after a decree orders for the whole of Italy to be on lockdown in an unprecedented clampdown aimed at beating the coronavirus, in Trastevere area, Roma Italy, March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

ROME (Reuters) - The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has jumped by 168 to 631, an increase of 36%, the Civil Protection Agency said on Tuesday, the largest rise in absolute numbers since the contagion came to light on Feb. 21.

The total number of cases in Italy, the European country hardest hit by the virus in Europe, rose to 10,149 from a previous 9,172, an increase of 10.7%.

The head of the agency said that, of those originally infected, 1,004 had fully recovered compared to 724 the day before. Some 877 people were in intensive care against a previous 733.

(This story was corrected to fix headline)

Reporting by Crispian Balmer, editing by Gavin Jones

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