Italy's coronavirus death toll has today soared by 662 to 8,165 with more than 6,100 new cases recorded, taking the global total past half a million.
The nation's total number of confirmed cases of the deadly virus has risen to 80,539, almost as many as China, where COVID-19 was first reported in December.
The nation's Civil Protection Agency reported 662 deaths today, bringing the country's death toll to 8,165 - the highest in the world.
There are currently 510,108 coronavirus cases confirmed worldwide, with 22,993 deaths reported as a result of the virus.
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