The number of new coronavirus cases in Italy jumped dramatically on March 17, with more than 3,500, pushing the cumulative total number to over 30,000, according to new data released by the Civil Protection Department.
The number of the dead reached 2,503 and that of recovered individuals rose to 2,941, compared to 2,158 and 2,749, respectively, a day earlier.
There are 26,062 active cases in Italy, up from 23,073 a day earlier. Including the dead and the recovered, the total confirmed cases reached 31,506 on March 17, comparing to 27,980 cases on March 16.
The total number of active cases in Italy is far higher than in any other country, according to the World Health Organization.
The number of Italians in intensive care passed 2,000 for the first time, totaling 2,060, up from 1,851 reported on March 16. The latest figures show 11,108 people resting in isolation at home and 12,894 hospitalized with symptoms, compared to 10,197 and 11,025, respectively, on March 16.