- Title: Soldiers carry out ID checks at Palermo's train station in Sicily
- Date: 21st March 2020
- Summary: PALERMO, ITALY (MARCH 21, 2020) (REUTERS) SOLDIERS, WEARING PROTECTIVE MASKS AND GLOVES, CHECKING ID'S /SOLDIER WALKING TOWARDS POLICE STAND WHERE POLICE OFFICERS ARE WEARING PROTECTIVE MASKS AND GLOVES MAN TALKING TO POLICE OFFICERS AT POLICE STAND INSIDE TRAIN STATION/ SOLDIERS, WEARING PROTECTIVE MASKS AND GLOVES, CHECKING PEOPLE'S ID
- Keywords: Italy Palermo coronavirus epidemic lockdown military pandemic
- Reuters ID: LVA001C5ZU7GN
- Location: PALERMO, ITALY
- City: PALERMO, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Duration: 00:01:12
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Military police were checking travellers at Palermo's train station on Saturday (March 21), a day after Italy imposed more draconian measures on public life as the death toll rose significantly.
The death toll leapt by 627 in a single day, by far the biggest 24-hour rise recorded anywhere. This was the second day of the operation at the station by military police, who have carried out identification checks on more than 400 travellers each day.
Italy's Ansa news agency, citing numbers from the local government, on Saturday, said 458 people in Sicily have tested positive for the coronavirus, an increase of 79 from Friday.
Since the start of the outbreak, some 4.883 tests have been carried out in the region, with 490 people in total testing positive. Six people have died and 26 recovered from the virus, Ansa said.
Italy overtook China on Thursday (March 19) as the country to register the most deaths from the respiratory disease. Before Friday (March 20), it had never recorded more than 475 fatalities in a single day.
The total number of cases climbed to 47,021 from a previous 41,035, the Civil Protection Agency said. Over 4,000 people have died in Italy.
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