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Italy Reports 760 New COVID-19 Deaths as Authorities Say Death Toll Is Far Higher

Health authorities in Italy said Thursday that 760 people died of the CCP virus in the past 24 hours, as some authorities have warned that the countrys death toll might be even higher than reported.

Another 4,668 cases of the virus were confirmed Thursday, said Italys Civil Protection department in an update. So far more, than 115,000 cases of the virus and 13,915 deaths have been confirmed, according to ANSA.

“The number of people being hospitalized has decreased,” said Angelo Borrelli, the head of the Civil Protection agency. He added that “61 percent of the total infected people” have no symptoms or have mild symptoms.

Borrelli said earlier this week that Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus infection rates in some parts of Italy have reached their peak but said southern Italy is still at risk.

“It would be a mistake to let our guard down now,” he said, referring to a nationwide lockdown that was implemented in early March. The government extended Italys lockdown to April 13, The Local reported.

“If we started to loosen the measures, all of our efforts would have been in vain and we would pay a very high price,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday.

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Two nurses walk in front of the Emergency Room of the local hospital in Cremona, near Milan, Italy, on March 20, 2020. (Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images)

In his address, Conte said he is not sure when the lockdown might end.

“The moment the data is consolidated and the experts give their response, well be able to identify an end date. But I cant give it today,” he said.

Higher Than Reported?

However, some officials said that many more people have died in Italy than what is recorded by the government in daily updates.

“There are many more dead than are officially declared. But this is not a jaccuse. People died and they were never tested because time and resources are limited,” Eugenio Fossati, deputy mayor of Coccaglio, told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. “We know the real number is higher, and we mourn them, knowing full well why they died,” he continued. “Its a hard truth to accept.”

And Bergamo Mayor Giorgio Gori wrote on social media that the death toll may be twice as high.

“I fear that the real figure is higher,” _

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