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[Published: Tuesday March 24 2020]

 Italy death toll rises by 743 : Live coronavirus updates

ROME, 24 March. - (ANA)  - The death toll in Italy from the coronavirus pandemic rose by 743 in one day to 6,820, reversing a declining trend in fatalities observed over the last two days.
In India, 1.3 billion people will go under "total lockdown" from midnight (1830 GMT) on Tuesday for 21 days to combat the spread of the contagion.
Spain's deaths surged by 514 in one day, bringing its total to 2,696. It also reported 6,600 new coronavirus cases, raising nationwide infections to 39,673. 
More than 17,100 people have died from COVID-19 worldwide, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 103,000 of the 392,000 people diagnosed with the disease have recovered.
The Italian government has hiked fines for people who defy a lockdown order, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said, adding that he hoped he could start lifting the restrictions shortly.
Anyone caught leaving their home without good reason will now face fines of between 400 euros to 3,000 euros ($430 to $3,227) against a previous 206 euros, Conte said in a television address.  - (ANA) -
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