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Obituary pages show human toll of COVID-19 in northern Italy

Obituary pages in an Italian newspaper are showing the grim reality the new coronavirus is taking on the world.

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Obituary pages in an Italian newspaper are showing the grim reality the new coronavirus is taking on the world.

More than 1,800 people have died in Italy in connection with the outbreak.

Italy has been hit hardest so far in Europe. The national government in Rome has imposed a dramatic lockdown as the coronavirus spreads in the country, where there are now more than 24,000 cases — the most outside China.

Economists say that measures imposed to limit the spread of coronavirus in Italy are likely to push the country's already fragile economy into deep recession that will put hotels, travel companies, restaurants and other businesses under intense pressure. Germany and France are adopting similar measures, and a wider European recession looks unavoidable.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover.

The worldwide outbreak has sickened more than 175,000 people and left more than 6,700 people dead. In the United States, there have been more than 4,000 cases and scores of deaths.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.