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Coronavirus: Clashes in Naples over tightening restrictions

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media captionProtests in Naples over possible lockdown

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 386,865 118.3 23,218,662
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 86,015 128.1 3,260,258
Italy 80,848 133.4 2,336,279
France 69,313 106.7 2,851,670
Russia 63,558 43.6 3,483,531
Iran 56,538 69.1 1,311,810
Spain 53,079 113.7 2,211,967
Colombia 47,491 95.6 1,849,101
Germany 45,209 54.4 2,015,235
Argentina 45,125 101.7 1,770,715
Peru 38,399 120.0 1,040,231
South Africa 35,852 62.0 1,296,806
Poland 32,456 85.6 1,414,362
Indonesia 25,246 9.4 869,600
Turkey 23,495 28.5 2,364,801
Ukraine 21,479 48.5 1,183,963
Belgium 20,294 176.7 672,886
Canada 17,559 47.4 693,658
Chile 17,294 92.3 656,712
Romania 17,035 87.3 684,917
Ecuador 14,246 83.4 226,002
Czech Republic 14,029 131.5 874,605
Iraq 12,922 33.6 606,186
Netherlands 12,777 74.9 895,883
Hungary 11,177 115.1 349,149
Pakistan 10,863 5.1 514,338
Sweden 10,185 102.1 518,783
Philippines 9,876 9.3 496,646
Bolivia 9,530 83.9 181,016
Switzerland 8,586 100.7 492,832
Egypt 8,421 8.6 153,741
Bulgaria 8,396 119.1 210,951
Portugal 8,384 81.7 517,806
Morocco 7,854 21.8 456,334
Bangladesh 7,849 4.9 525,723
Austria 6,921 77.8 389,260
Saudi Arabia 6,310 18.7 364,440
Tunisia 5,478 47.4 170,895
Greece 5,387 51.2 147,283
Guatemala 5,151 29.9 146,937
China 4,796 0.3 97,448
Panama 4,651 111.4 291,285
Croatia 4,517 108.7 223,097
Bosnia and Herzegovina 4,411 132.7 117,011
Japan 4,119 3.2 310,734
Jordan 4,107 41.2 312,043
Israel 3,869 46.2 531,791
Serbia 3,687 52.8 368,072
Honduras 3,335 34.8 131,963
Slovakia 3,260 59.8 217,978
Moldova 3,211 79.2 151,687
Slovenia 3,093 148.9 145,472
Armenia 2,974 100.8 163,972
Azerbaijan 2,971 29.9 226,200
Myanmar 2,912 5.4 132,865
Georgia 2,893 72.3 245,789
Kazakhstan 2,882 15.7 212,812
Algeria 2,822 6.7 103,127
North Macedonia 2,672 128.3 87,986
Ireland 2,488 51.6 163,057
Paraguay 2,466 35.5 119,640
Dominican Republic 2,428 22.8 187,487
Costa Rica 2,401 48.0 183,242
Lithuania 2,376 84.8 165,560
Afghanistan 2,314 6.2 53,775
Ethiopia 2,008 1.8 129,922
Nepal 1,943 6.9 266,546
Lebanon 1,781 26.0 237,132
Kenya 1,723 3.4 98,693
Palestinian Territories 1,665 34.2 150,505
Denmark 1,660 28.9 185,159
Libya 1,645 24.6 107,434
Sudan 1,576 3.8 25,730
Belarus 1,554 16.4 219,663
Oman 1,509 31.2 131,264
El Salvador 1,469 22.9 50,157
Nigeria 1,405 0.7 105,478
Kosovo 1,392 75.4 54,839
Kyrgyzstan 1,381 21.9 82,857
Albania 1,261 43.7 65,994
South Korea 1,217 2.4 71,241
Venezuela 1,090 3.8 118,415
Kuwait 946 22.9 156,434
Latvia 920 47.7 52,982
Australia 909 3.7 28,669
Syria 809 4.8 12,760
Montenegro 740 117.9 54,316
United Arab Emirates 726 7.5 242,969
Zimbabwe 636 4.4 25,368
DR Congo 626 0.7 20,479
Uzbekistan 619 1.9 77,845
Finland 616 11.2 39,593
Yemen 612 2.1 2,110
Malaysia 578 1.8 147,855
Luxembourg 545 90.2 48,486
Zambia 514 3.0 32,800
Norway 511 9.6 57,736
Senegal 496 3.1 22,178
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 322 11.0 13,915
Estonia 311 23.5 35,621
Mali 305 1.6 7,759
Uganda 304 0.7 38,085
Uruguay 280 8.1 29,989
Belize 280 73.1 11,456
Namibia 275 11.2 29,570
Malawi 275 1.5 9,991
Madagascar 267 1.0 18,001
Sri Lanka 251 1.2 50,899
Qatar 246 8.8 146,689
Haiti 238 2.1 10,635
Malta 235 53.5 15,079
Mozambique 211 0.7 24,269
Bahamas 175 45.4 8,011
Guyana 170 21.8 6,745
Nicaragua 167 2.6 6,152
Cyprus 163 13.7 28,124
Cuba 160 1.4 16,549
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
Tajikistan 90 1.0 13,308
Lesotho 89 4.2 6,356
Andorra 88 114.3 8,868
Equatorial Guinea 86 6.6 5,316
Liberia 84 1.7 1,878
Guinea 81 0.7 14,051
Sierra Leone 77 1.0 2,933
Channel Islands 76 44.6 3,337
French Guiana 74 26.2 14,370
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 2,737
Central African Republic 63 1.4 4,973
South Sudan 63 0.6 3,670
Djibouti 61 6.4 5,900
Mayotte 56 21.6 6,255
Aruba 52 49.1 6,296
Maldives 49 9.5 14,325
Liechtenstein 49 129.2 2,375
Benin 46 0.4 3,413
Guinea-Bissau 45 2.4 2,478
Martinique 43 11.4 6,227
Réunion 42 4.8 9,359
Comoros 38 4.6 1,403
Vietnam 35 0.0 1,531
Singapore 29 0.5 59,059
Iceland 29 8.6 5,948
Saint Martin 27 72.5 1,629
Gibraltar 25 74.2 3,509
New Zealand 25 0.5 2,246
Isle of Man 25 29.7 417
Tanzania 21 0.0 509
Curaçao 19 11.7 4,498
Sao Tome and Principe 17 8.1 1,119
Diamond Princess cruise ship 13 712
Bermuda 12 19.1 664
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 1,805
Turks and Caicos Islands 6 15.9 1,030
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 0.1 834
Faroe Islands 1 2.1 647
Seychelles 1 1.0 627
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 0.0 340
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, 09:59 GMT

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