By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Italian health officials reported an additional 1797 COVID-19 cases in the past day, bringing the country total to 9,172, the most in any country outside China.

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Lombardy region alone has seen nearly 5,500 cases, with Emilia Romagna reporting almost 1,400.

The Italy death toll increased by 97, bringing the total to 463.

In a follow-up on the quarantine in Italy, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that he is extending restrictions already in place in the north.