AGENCIES, Rome: Barely two days after confirmed 475 deaths, which was then the highest death toll reported in one day by any country since the COVID-19 broke, comes another shocking piece of statistics. On Friday, the country reported 627 coronavirus deaths, signifying the largest single-day jump in the four weeks since the COVID-19 outbreak began in the European nation and also the inability of the healthcare system to contain the virus despite countrywide lockdown.
In fact, on Thursday, when Italy’s death toll was 3,405, it overtook China as the country with the most coronavirus deaths.
So far, the virus has infected 47,021 people in Italy and killed 4,032.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte put the nation’s 60 million residents on lockdown on March 10 and has hinted at extending the quarantine period if conditions didn’t improve. This means there’s a strong possibility now that the lockdown could be extended past the original end-date of April 3.
Even at the height of China’s outbreak, its highest single-day death toll was 150, on February 23.
On March 18, China did not report any local COVID-19 cases for the first time since the outbreak began.