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With 3,045 Fatalities, Italy’s Coronavirus Death Toll Overtakes China’s

ROME, ITALY - MARCH 17: Emiliano Loppa,(center) a member of the Italian Red Cross briefs his team at the Red Cross headquarter as they start the round of distribution of 50 meals to the homeless on March 17, 2020 in Rome, Italy. Homeless people are trapped in still cities, many assistance centers are closed due to possible contagion, some associations have stopped or slowed down their assistance activities.Nobody begs because nobody can leave the house, and without money you can't buy anything and the shops are almost all closed. Homeless people have become an emergency within the emergency. (Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

On Thursday, Italy’s coronavirus death toll hit 3,045–about 150 more than in China, a country with a population 20 times larger. The AP reports that Italy hit this bleak milestone on the same day that Wuhan, the Chinese city where the virus first emerged three months ago, recorded no new infections, a sign that the communist country’s strict lockdowns helped stop the virus’ spread.

To this end, a Chinese Red Cross team marked the occasion by criticizing Italians’ failure to properly quarantine themselves and take their national lockdown seriously.


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