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Coronavirus: Clashes in Naples over tightening restrictions

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Protesters in Naples opposed to stricter coronavirus measures clashed with police late into the night.

Some threw smoke bombs and firecrackers in the centre of the southern Italian city; police responded with tear gas.

The mainly young crowd defied a night-time curfew imposed late on Friday in the Campania region after cases rose.

Regional President Vincenzo de Luca has called for a national lockdown to avoid a repeat of the casualties seen in the first wave earlier this year.

Hundreds broke through a police cordon near the regional headquarters building late on Friday, Italy's Ansa news agency reports.

Along with smoke bombs, bottles were thrown at the 100-strong line of police in riot gear.

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Demonstrators earlier gathered in front of a university building in response to calls on social media. One carried a banner with the words "you close us, you pay us".

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image captionSmoke bombs and firecrackers were thrown
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image captionProtesters chanted slogans calling for financial help

Naples police commissioner Alessandro Giuliano condemned "criminal behaviour".

"No conditions of discomfort, however humanly understandable, can in any way justify violence," he said.

Italy, badly hit during the first wave of the virus in March and April, has seen a spike in new daily infections - 19,143 were registered on Friday. Ninety-one deaths were recorded, though that is much lower than the peak of fatalities in the first wave.

Regional leaders have the power to impose their own measures, but Campania's president said regional lockdowns would not be enough.

"We need to make one last effort to get things under control. We need to shut everything down for a month, for 40 days," he said in a statement posted on the regional government's website.

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image captionThe protesters defied a curfew imposed late on Friday

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said he does not want to repeat the national lockdown imposed during the first wave, as Italy continues to grapple with the severe economic consequences.

Campania is the second worst-hit region in Italy in terms of new cases, behind Lombardy, which was the epicentre when the pandemic first arrived in Italy.

More than 37,000 people have died with coronavirus in Italy, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and over 484,000 have been infected.

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*Deaths per 100,000 people

US 387,741 118.5 23,266,473
Brazil 207,095 98.9 8,324,294
India 151,918 11.2 10,527,683
Mexico 137,916 109.3 1,588,369
UK 87,295 130.0 3,316,019
Italy 81,325 134.1 2,352,423
France 69,313 106.7 2,851,670
Russia 63,558 43.6 3,483,531
Iran 56,621 69.2 1,318,295
Spain 53,079 113.7 2,211,967
Colombia 47,491 95.6 1,849,101
Germany 45,622 54.9 2,021,576
Argentina 45,125 101.7 1,770,715
Peru 38,564 120.6 1,048,662
South Africa 35,852 62.0 1,296,806
Poland 32,844 86.6 1,422,320
Indonesia 25,484 9.5 882,418
Turkey 23,664 28.7 2,373,115
Ukraine 21,479 48.5 1,183,963
Belgium 20,294 176.7 672,886
Canada 17,692 47.7 696,830
Chile 17,369 92.7 661,180
Romania 17,098 87.7 688,270
Ecuador 14,246 83.4 226,002
Czech Republic 14,029 131.5 874,605
Iraq 12,932 33.6 606,991
Netherlands 12,871 75.4 901,892
Hungary 11,177 115.1 349,149
Pakistan 10,863 5.1 514,338
Sweden 10,323 103.5 523,486
Philippines 9,876 9.3 496,646
Bolivia 9,530 83.9 181,016
Switzerland 8,641 101.4 495,228
Portugal 8,543 83.3 528,469
Egypt 8,421 8.6 153,741
Bulgaria 8,396 119.1 210,951
Morocco 7,888 21.9 457,625
Bangladesh 7,862 4.9 526,485
Austria 6,987 78.6 390,788
Saudi Arabia 6,313 18.7 364,613
Tunisia 5,478 47.4 170,895
Greece 5,421 51.5 147,860
Guatemala 5,151 29.9 146,937
China 4,796 0.3 97,448
Panama 4,651 111.4 291,285
Croatia 4,550 109.5 223,812
Bosnia and Herzegovina 4,411 132.7 117,011
Japan 4,204 3.3 317,867
Jordan 4,121 41.4 312,851
Israel 3,910 46.7 535,049
Serbia 3,708 53.1 369,823
Slovakia 3,362 61.7 220,707
Honduras 3,335 34.8 131,963
Moldova 3,228 79.7 152,263
Slovenia 3,121 150.2 146,956
Azerbaijan 2,983 30.0 226,549
Armenia 2,974 100.8 163,972
Myanmar 2,926 5.4 133,378
Georgia 2,893 72.3 245,789
Kazakhstan 2,882 15.7 212,812
Algeria 2,822 6.7 103,127
North Macedonia 2,682 128.8 88,389
Ireland 2,488 51.6 163,057
Paraguay 2,466 35.5 119,640
Dominican Republic 2,432 22.9 188,969
Costa Rica 2,401 48.0 183,242
Lithuania 2,376 84.8 165,560
Afghanistan 2,324 6.3 53,831
Ethiopia 2,008 1.8 129,922
Nepal 1,948 6.9 266,816
Lebanon 1,825 26.6 243,286
Kenya 1,726 3.4 98,859
Denmark 1,720 29.9 187,320
Palestinian Territories 1,687 34.7 151,142
Libya 1,651 24.7 108,017
Sudan 1,576 3.8 25,730
Belarus 1,564 16.5 221,604
Oman 1,509 31.2 131,264
El Salvador 1,469 22.9 50,157
Nigeria 1,405 0.7 105,478
Kosovo 1,399 75.8 55,135
Kyrgyzstan 1,381 21.9 82,857
Albania 1,265 43.9 66,635
South Korea 1,217 2.4 71,241
Venezuela 1,090 3.8 118,415
Kuwait 947 22.9 156,964
Latvia 935 48.5 54,066
Australia 909 3.7 28,669
Syria 809 4.8 12,760
Montenegro 741 118.0 54,730
United Arab Emirates 733 7.6 246,376
Zimbabwe 636 4.4 25,368
DR Congo 628 0.7 20,556
Uzbekistan 619 1.9 77,845
Finland 618 11.2 39,911
Yemen 612 2.1 2,110
Malaysia 586 1.9 151,066
Luxembourg 549 90.9 48,630
Zambia 527 3.0 34,278
Norway 517 9.7 58,004
Senegal 506 3.2 22,396
Cameroon 451 1.8 27,336
Angola 425 1.4 18,613
Mauritania 396 9.0 15,893
Bahrain 356 22.7 96,812
Ghana 341 1.1 56,981
Eswatini 335 29.5 12,327
Jamaica 323 11.0 13,992
Estonia 316 23.9 36,096
Mali 305 1.6 7,759
Uganda 304 0.7 38,085
Malawi 285 1.6 10,494
Uruguay 280 8.1 29,989
Belize 280 73.1 11,456
Namibia 275 11.2 29,570
Madagascar 267 1.0 18,001
Sri Lanka 255 1.2 51,594
Qatar 246 8.8 146,885
Haiti 238 2.1 10,635
Malta 236 53.7 15,272
Mozambique 211 0.7 24,269
Bahamas 175 45.4 8,021
Guyana 170 21.8 6,745
Nicaragua 167 2.6 6,152
Cyprus 163 13.7 28,124
Cuba 162 1.4 17,096
Guadeloupe 156 39.0 8,834
Ivory Coast 140 0.6 24,578
Suriname 139 24.1 7,300
Niger 137 0.6 4,058
Rwanda 133 1.1 10,316
Trinidad and Tobago 130 9.4 7,320
Somalia 130 0.9 4,744
French Polynesia 126 45.4 17,590
Gambia 126 5.5 3,893
Cape Verde 115 21.1 12,664
Congo 112 2.1 7,160
Chad 110 0.7 2,773
Burkina Faso 97 0.5 8,809
Lesotho 93 4.4 6,371
Tajikistan 90 1.0 13,308
Andorra 88 114.3 8,946
Equatorial Guinea 86 6.6 5,316
Liberia 84 1.7 1,882
Guinea 81 0.7 14,065
Sierra Leone 77 1.0 2,933
Channel Islands 76 44.6 3,337
French Guiana 74 26.2 14,526
Togo 73 0.9 4,165
Botswana 71 3.1 17,365
Thailand 69 0.1 11,450
Gabon 66 3.1 9,819
San Marino 65 192.4 2,767
Central African Republic 63 1.4 4,973
South Sudan 63 0.6 3,670
Djibouti 61 6.4 5,903
Mayotte 56 21.6 6,255
Aruba 52 49.1 6,296
Maldives 49 9.5 14,375
Liechtenstein 49 129.2 2,378
Benin 46 0.4 3,413
Guinea-Bissau 45 2.4 2,478
Martinique 43 11.4 6,227
Réunion 42 4.8 9,406
Comoros 38 4.6 1,413
Vietnam 35 0.0 1,536
Gibraltar 30 89.0 3,575
Singapore 29 0.5 59,059
Iceland 29 8.6 5,956
Saint Martin 27 72.5 1,629
New Zealand 25 0.5 2,246
Isle of Man 25 29.7 418
Tanzania 21 0.0 509
Curaçao 19 11.7 4,498
Sao Tome and Principe 17 8.1 1,125
Diamond Princess cruise ship 13 712
Bermuda 12 19.1 667
Mauritius 10 0.8 547
Papua New Guinea 9 0.1 834
Monaco 7 18.1 1,145
Barbados 7 2.4 1,036
Taiwan 7 0.0 842
Eritrea 6 0.2 1,877
Turks and Caicos Islands 6 15.9 1,062
Saint Lucia 6 3.3 543
Antigua and Barbuda 6 6.2 184
Brunei 3 0.7 174
Mongolia 2 0.1 1,491
Burundi 2 0.0 1,103
Cayman Islands 2 3.1 368
Fiji 2 0.2 53
MS Zaandam cruise ship 2 9
Bhutan 1 0.1 837
Seychelles 1 1.0 656
Faroe Islands 1 2.1 648
Saint Barthelemy 1 10.2 251
Grenada 1 0.9 132
British Virgin Islands 1 3.4 114
Montserrat 1 20.0 13
Cambodia 0 0.0 426
St Vincent and the Grenadines 0 0.0 388
Dominica 0 0.0 109
Timor-Leste 0 0.0 51
Laos 0 0.0 41
New Caledonia 0 0.0 40
Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 0.0 34
Falkland Islands 0 0.0 32
Greenland 0 0.0 30
Vatican 0 0.0 27
Solomon Islands 0 0.0 17
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 0 0.0 16
Anguilla 0 0.0 15
Marshall Islands 0 0.0 4
Samoa 0 0.0 2
Vanuatu 0 0.0 1

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This information is regularly updated but may not reflect the latest totals for each country.

** The past data for new cases is a three day rolling average. Due to revisions in the number of cases, an average cannot be calculated for this date.

Source: Johns Hopkins University, national public health agencies and UN population data

Figures last updated: 15 January 2021, 17:44 GMT

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