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Nation marks somber year since first case

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CODOGNO, Italy — Italians are marking one year since their country was shocked to discover it had the first known locally transmitte­d COVID-19 case in the West.

With church services Sunday and wreath-laying ceremonies, including in small northern towns which were the first to be hard-hit by the pandemic, citizens paid tribute to the dead. Italy has a confirmed death toll from the virus of 95,500.

While the first wave of infections largely engulfed Lombardy and other northern regions, a second wave, starting in fall 2020, has raced throughout Italy, which so far has registered some 2.8 million cases.

The first locally transmitte­d case was discovered in a 38-yearold patient in a hospital in Codogno, Lombardy. That patient survived.

But in the northeaste­rn town of Vo, which registered the nation’s first known death on Feb. 21, 2020, officials unveiled a memorial plaque at a tree-planting ceremony.

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