Italy Tightens Blockade As Coronavirus Deaths Increase

But other countries will want to examine each of these factors and address them through various preventive measures in their bids to avoid becoming the next Italy. Supermarkets, pharmacies, postal and banking services will remain open, Conte said, and essential public services including transport will be ensured.

Spain recorded almost 400 deaths in the past day as Australia and India escalated their responses to the virus with more than 300,000 confirmed cases worldwide by Sunday morning.

The request includes limitations to physical activity in offices and professional ones, closure of construction sites and further limitation in commercial activities.

Italy reported and additional 793 deaths from coronavirus Saturday, a new record that brings the number to 4,825, the highest globally.

Italy recorded its highest day-to-day rise in the number of deaths on Friday, at 627, and in Bergamo, the epicentre in Italy, cemeteries were overwhelmed.

"Look at the news that's coming out of Italy and take note of what the situation really is like".

Italy ordered all but the most essential of businesses to close until April 3, tightening a lockdown against the coronavirus, after almost 800 people died from COVID-19 on Saturday.

In total, more than 900 million people in about 35 countries are affected by movement restrictions.

Spanish authorities said on Saturday that they would boost coronavirus testing, potentially with the help of robots, as the toll in the country kept climbing, surpassing 1,300 deaths and reaching close to 25,000 cases.

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"We need to keep the country running", he said.

It has so far killed more than 13,000 people and infected over 300,000 around the world, with the epicentre now in Europe after shifting from China where the virus first emerged late a year ago.

"We hope that we will soon see light at the end of the tunnel, but so far, we do not see it", said Mayor Giorgio Gori. Eighty of the patients were in intensive care.

The number of people to have died from coronavirus in Italy surpassed on Thursday that of China, where the disease originated.

There have been 220,000 cases of the virus worldwide with more than 9,000 deaths.

"This virus can take them to the hospital for weeks or even kill them", said Tedros.

The contagion is starting to be felt in United States cities far from major metropolitan areas, including places that have resisted drastic shutdown measures.

The US saw cases jump sharply again on Saturday and it now has a total of 26,747 and 340 deaths.

While the number of cases in China, which reported its first local infection in four days on Sunday, has slumped dramatically since the crisis began, there are fears in Asia of "imported" cases from other hotspots like Europe.

  • Sonia Alvarado