Italy reported a record 793 new coronavirus deaths on March 21, despite government efforts to stem the pandemic’s spread.
Italy has seen more than 1,800 deaths from COVID-19 in the past three days alone. Italy’s total number of deaths now stands at 6,557.
- Italy reports 793 new deaths in the last 24-hr; highest so far
- Total deaths rise to 6,557
In less than four weeks, it has recorded more deaths than China officially registered since reporting its first infection to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in late December 2019.
Infections rose on March 21 by more than 6,500 — another international record — to 53,578.
The nation of 60 million accounted for more than 37% of the world’s total coronavirus deaths at 12.30 a.m. IST on March 21.
The Italian government already plans to extend a ban on public gatherings and the shutdown of almost all businesses beyond a March 25 deadline.
World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the novel coronavirus a Pandemic. COVID-19 outbreak which began from a seafood market in Wuhan China in December last year and has claimed more than 12,770 lives and infected more than 2,97,440 people since the outbreak began.