Italy reports the highest one-day death toll from coronaviruses, cases exceed China

Mar 28, 2020 3:30 AM ET

Italy’s total number of coronavirus cases increased to 86,498 on Friday, exceeding China’s total.
Italy’s death toll was 9,134, an increase of 919 deaths from Thursday. This is the highest one-day death toll since the onset of the coronavirus.
Italian healthcare workers reported a lack of hospital beds, a lack of personal protective equipment, and an increasing number of infections among medical workers.
The United States has the highest number of coronavirus cases worldwide with over 101,000.
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Italy, which has the second highest number of coronavirus cases worldwide after the United States, reported the highest number of deaths in one day so far on Friday: 919 deaths.

That broke last Saturday’s record of 793 deaths.

Officials said that by Friday, 86,498 people in Italy had been infected and 9,134 had died, the local newspaper Corriere della Sera reported.

The total number of cases in the U.S. is the largest in the world at 101,000 – it surpassed the number of cases in China on Thursday – although the death toll on Friday is less than 1,600 on Friday, far below that in Italy. China has confirmed more than 81,800 cases and nearly 3,300 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Italy had its first coronavirus cases in late January. Healthcare workers in the country have reported a serious shortage of medical equipment and hospital beds, and more and more medical workers have become infected.

Older people are at higher risk of severe symptoms, and Italy is home to one of the oldest populations in the world after Japan.

In some cases, doctors in Italy have had to decide who should be treated first when the health system is overwhelmed, and harrowing video footage from hospitals has shown that medical workers struggle to manage patient volume.

Italians have asked people in other countries to observe social distancing and to adopt blocking measures to warn of a crisis on an Italian scale if they do not.

Italy has introduced a series of increasingly stringent blocking measures that are now being enforced by the police and the military. Residents cannot leave their homes without a form that justifies their movement. Italians who sit on their balconies or look out of the windows also shame people who were discovered on the streets, Quartz reported.

Videos have shown angry Italian mayors confronting people on the street and addressing residents from their desks. Captions on a video quote a mayor saying, “I get the news that some of you would like to host graduation parties. We will send the police over there. With flame throwers.”In other parts of Europe, Spain had recorded more than 4,800 deaths by Friday, meaning that the death toll has also overtaken that of China. France had more than 29,500 cases, while Germany had at least 47,300.

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