Italy recorded a one-day coronavirus death toll of 168 on Tuesday – the highest since the outbreak began as the country implemented quarantine measures to control the spread. Here’s the latest news on Tuesday.

Overall in Italy, 631 people have now died from the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus and a total of 10,149 have been infected in just over two weeks.This figure includes the deceased and a total of 1,004 people who have now recovered, meaning the total number of active cases in Italy is now at 8,515.

The number of patients in intensive care rose by 144, to a total of 877 nationwide.
The region of Lombardy has seen most of the deaths with 468 in total as of Tuesday. Emilia Romagna has had 85 fatalities and Veneto 26. Some 11 of Italy’s regions have now recorded deaths linked to coronavirus, most of them in the north.

With the rapid increase in cases in Italy, the government on Tuesday morning implemented nationwide measures to control the spread of the virus.

These included a ban on public gatherings, closure of cinemas and tourist attractions, and travel restrictions until April 3.