The directive came as Italy hit a grim milestone in the outbreak, with the number of deaths linked to the coronavirus — 3,405 — surpassing those in China, where the virus first flared. Italy, which has one of the world’s oldest populations, has reported more than 2,000 dead during the past week as it has tried to institute a national lockdown.Italian army trucks were moving coffins into some of the hardest-hit towns in the country’s north. They include Bergamo, where funeral facilities have been overwhelmed in recent days. The number of people infected with covid-19, the disease the virus causes, has rapidly increased in Europe, with more than 10,000 cases now in France and 17,000 in Spain, which announced the closure of all its hotels Thursday.The number of confirmed cases in the United States has doubled in two days, with more than 13,000 reported as of Thursday. The rise was attributed in part to an increase in testing, and officials said the number of cases across the country will continue to rise sharply as more results become available. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said that as much more testing becomes available, the number of confirmed cases will


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