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France’s deaths top 20,000, Italy’s active infections drop for first time

BRUSSELS (Xinhua) -- The following are the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in European countries.

Medical workers plan the care work for COVID-19 patients at Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Barcelona, Spain.

ROME -- The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 24,114 lives in locked-down Italy as total active infections fell for the first time since the pandemic broke out in the northern regions on February 21, according to the latest data released Monday by the country’s Civil Protection Department.
Addressing a televised press conference, Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli said 454 new fatalities were registered over the past 24 hours.
At the same time, a positive signal came from statistics of active infections, which decreased by 20 cases on Monday compared to the previous day, and totalled 108,237 nationwide.
MADRID -- The cumulative number of coronavirus infection cases in Spain surpassed the 200,000 mark, while the daily number of new deaths dropped to 399, the health ministry said on Monday.
Spain’s COVID-19 cases rose from 195,944 cases on Sunday to 200,210 on Monday, the ministry said.
Monday’s death toll is the lowest registered in the past four weeks, in a sign that the coronavirus pandemic in Spain was slowing down thanks to one of the toughest lockdown measures.
PARIS -- France has registered 20,265 COVID-19 deaths since March 1, becoming the fourth country to surpass 20,000 COVID-19 deaths after the United States, Italy and Spain, Director-General of Health Jerome Salomon announced on Monday.
“Our country crossed a symbolic and particularly painful threshold,” said Salomon at the daily briefing on the outbreak.
BERLIN -- Germany reported 1,775 new cases of COVID-19 infection in the past 24 hours, raising the country’s cumulative number of infection to 141,672, fresh figures showed on Monday.
A further 110 patients had died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 4,404, according to figures released by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German government agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention.
Germany has staggered the rest of the world with an impressively low “case fatality rate,” which is the number of deaths divided by the total number of confirmed cases.

(Latest Update April 22, 2020

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