Italy virus toll leaps as global deaths pass 6,000

Paris (AFP) – Italy on Sunday recorded its biggest daily death toll from the novel coronavirus, which has now claimed over 6,000 lives worldwide, forcing European governments to further tighten controls.The number of fatalities in Italy shot up by 368 to 1,809 — more than half of all the cases recorded outside China.The Vatican took the drastic step of cancelling Easter week celebrations as northern Italian leaders warned they were running out of beds and artificial respirators.Pope Francis left Vatican City on Sunday “on foot, as if on a pilgrimage” to pray in one of Rome’s cathedrals for vi…

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