Italy’s COVID-19 death toll has seen another sharp increase, with Rome reporting 49 new fatalities on Friday evening. It means 90 people have died in just 48 hours, according to the latest figures from Italy’s civil protection agency.

It comes as France announced it was closing creches and secondary schools in two of its most coronavirus-hit regions from Monday. Earlier, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases globally rose above 100,000, according to researchers.
Italy has adopted the most drastic measures in response to the coronavirus in Europe so far. Schools are closed until at least March 15, football fans are not allowed in stadiums, and people are being encouraged to work from home.

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