The number of people dying from coronavirus in Italy has risen by 475 in one day to nearly 3,000 – the biggest increase since the outbreak.

Officials on Wednesday announced the increase of 19 per cent at the same time as the total number of infections rose to 35,713 from a previous 31,506, up 13.35 per cent.

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The Italian government has threatened to ban all outdoor exercise as authorities’ frustration grows over the number of people defying a nationwide lockdown order.

Italy is the world’s worst affected country after China.