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Italy Observes Moment Of Silence For COVID-19 Victims, As Case Numbers Plateau

Added 03-31-20 03:07:01pm EST - “As the country moves into its fourth week of lockdown, the head of Italy's national institutes of health announced that the country "has reached a plateau" in its infection rate.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Italy Observes Moment Of Silence For COVID-19 Victims, As Case Numbers Plateau”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Flags fly at half-staff Tuesday during a minute of silence commemorating COVID-19 victims, at Rome's monument to the Unknown Soldier. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

Flags fly at half-staff Tuesday during a minute of silence commemorating COVID-19 victims, at Rome's monument to the Unknown Soldier.

Cities across Italy, the country hardest-hit in coronavirus deaths, marked a minute of silence on Tuesday at noon to honor the many victims since the outbreak emerged about six weeks ago.

The death toll as of Tuesday reached 12,428, and the total number of cases stands at almost 106,000. Italy's victims account for more than a third of the pandemic's global fatalities.

At government buildings across the country, flags were lowered to half-mast and Italians marked a minute of silence to honor the victims, most of whom were residents of the northern Lombardy province, Italy's financial and business heartland. The Lombardy city of Bergamo is Italy's hardest-hit urban area.

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