The death toll from a coronavirus outbreak in Italy has risen by 889, the Civil Defense Agency said on Saturday, the second highest average count since the epidemic broke out on Feb.
In Italy, total fatalities have reached 10,023, by far the highest in any country in the world.
The highest single toll in Italy was recorded Friday, when 919 people died. According to that, on Thursday, there were 712 deaths, on Wednesday 683, on Tuesday 743 and on Monday 602.
The total number of reported cases in Italy soared on Saturday to 92,472 from a previous 86,498.
Italy has the second-highest number of incidents, after the USA. On Friday, it outpaced China’s count.
Today, the Italian Army was called out of Bergamo, Northern Italy, to ferry coffins while the morgue and crematorium fail to deal with the pandemic surge in casualties.
Distressing images from Bergamo show police wearing protective hazmat suits as they work in churches and halls to contain the remains.
Italy’s prime minister today cautioned that if it fails to respond aggressively to coronavirus, the European Union may ‘lose its meaning’-after the world has seen its biggest increase in deaths.
Conte expressed his complaints after the 27 EU members were unable to decide on an implementation plan following a major argumentative six-hour video conference Thursday, and offered two more weeks to their finance ministers to develop a policy that could appease Italy and Spain.
Both the nations are struck worst by the pandemic blocked the announcement on Thursday because it wasn’t going far enough.
The gist of the debate is about the degree to which the EU will compromise its strategy of staying under strict budget limits-faced with what Italy sees as an existential threat.
Rome and Madrid urge EU to consider selling ‘corona bonds’-a form of shared debt that states offer to investors to collect capital to meet personal economic needs.
However, spendthrift countries like Germany and the Netherlands are taking a hard look at the shared debt concept.
It is expected that the entire eurozone will slide right into a recession in the months ahead.
But after being the first European country to shut down almost all its businesses on March 12, Italy faces the threat of a close-economic collapse.