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- Global cases: More than 755,500
- Global deaths: At least 36,200
- US cases: More than 148,000
- US deaths: At least 2,599
The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
3:04 pm: Italy to extend lockdown measures until Easter
The Italian government said it would extend a lockdown to prevent a further spread of the coronavirus outbreak at least until Easter, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said in a statement.
“Our evaluation is that all containment measures should be extended at least until Easter (April 12). The government will move in this direction,” the health minister said after a meeting with the scientific committee.
Italians have been under lockdown for three weeks and the restrictions were due to end on Friday.
Italy, the world’s hardest hit country which accounts for more than a third of all…