ROME, March 18, 2020 (Xinhua) -- People wearing face masks are seen in Rome, Italy, on March 18, 2020. Numbers for both new deaths and new cures from Italy's COVID-19 outbreak released Wednesday are the highest on record, as health officials scramble to find enough doctors to confront the outbreak's spread. According to data released Wednesday by Angelo Borrelli, head of Italy's Civil Protection Department, a total of 475 Italians died in the last 24 hours from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Another 1,084 people were cured over the same span.

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Meanwhile, a total of 4,440 Italians have recovered, up from 4,025 reported on Wednesday.The cumulative number of those tested positive reached 41,035 in locked down Italy, according to new data released by the Civil Protection Department. ROME, March 19, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Staff members wearing face masks work in La Norcineria di Iacozzilli, a butcher shop in Rome, Italy, March 19, 2020.

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ROME, March 19, 2020 (Xinhua) -- A staff member wearing a face mask works in La Norcineria di Iacozzilli, a butcher shop in Rome, Italy, March 19, 2020.

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