The death toll reported on Thursday was the highest in a single day to date. The number of cases also jumped by a new high of 769, reaching 3,858.
Τhis is the total number of people in Italy confirmed to have contracted the virus, a figure which includes the deceased and 414 recovered patients. Italy has the highest number of fatalities related to the virus outside China.
According to statistics website Worldometers, Italy is now seeing the biggest daily increase in both cases and deaths of anywhere in the world.
All of Italy’s 22 regions have now been affected, with the data showing the virus had reached the Aosta Valley on the French border.
After announcing the current figures, Italian government ministers unveiled a €7.5 billion economic rescue plan to deal with the impact of the new coronavirus.
Italy closed down all schools and universities and decreed that all sports events would take place behind closed doors in a bid to halt the spread of the virus.