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.


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.