March 20, 2020 - COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, continues to spread rapidly throughout the world. Here is the latest headline.
A new study from the Italian national health authority reports that more than 99% of those who have died from the coronavirus there had other medical problems. However, the study only looked at the backgrounds of 18% of the nearly 3,000 people who have died, which means of the estimated 536 cases investigated, 531 had a pre-existing condition.
Italy has more cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, than any country outside China. As of Thursday, Italy reported 41,035 total cases, second only to China's 81,238.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has ordered much of the country shut down until at least April 3, halting much of the country's economy, limiting internal travel and closing most businesses.