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Italy suffers another day of horror as COVID-19 kills 651 lives in 24hrs, total death hits 5,476

The coronavirus death toll in Italy's worst-hit region has surpassed 3,450 in the last 24 hours after a rise of 360 fatalities in Lombardy. 

Ministers in Rome have been forced to plunge all 60million citizens into lockdown, while ordering all non-essential businesses in the country to shut amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

The pandemic has taken a choke-hold on everyday life, with even Pope Francis retreating indoors to make his weekly address via videolink.  But despite Italy's clampdown on person-to-person contact, the death toll spiralled yesterday from 739 to 4,825 nationwide, marking the deadliest day for a country in the global pandemic so far.

Italy was at this stage just two weeks ago but has since overtaken China as the country with the most deaths after suffering a total of 4,825 fatalities.

Italian authorities have been ordering citizens to stay indoors for weeks, with schools and universities shut, shops closed except for grocery stores and pharmacies, and heavy restrictions on travel.

But the crisis is underlining how health services in northern Italy have been overwhelmed by the pandemic, with doctors describing hospitals in crisis and many medics working from makeshift tents.

Earlier this week a visiting Chinese Red Cross team criticised the failure of Italians to fully quarantine and take the national lockdown seriously.

Supermarkets in Italy have generally avoided panic buying by assuring normal opening times and re-stocking shelves at speed. An hour-long nationwide 'reading of the rosary' was held on Thursday night, presented by the Pope on TV2000, the national religious channel.

(Context by Daily Mail)



  1. Please follow the authorities.....God bless u all

  2. Please stay at home for your own safety and prevent them spreading. May God be with you all.


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