Italy tightens lockdown as coronavirus toll crosses China's


Now, more than 4,800 people have died of the coronavirus in the Mediterranean country and over 53,000 are infected, spurring a public health crisis that is badly straining Italy's health care system.

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.

They uncovered the unexpected result that a startling number of people - nearly three per cent, equivalent to 89 residents - were already infected with the virus.

Spain's emergency chief on Friday reported that more than 200 people died of the CCP virus in a 24-hour period, with a death toll of more than 1,000.

There were 2857 people in intensive care against a previous 2655. He also said in a statement that 1525 people in hospital are in critical condition. Fontana during a news conference on Friday, March 20, said that he has made a series of requests to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in relation to the use of the army to make sure that the measures are strictly applied.

New York City has the largest cluster of COVID-19 cases there, ... and the state of Washington continue to see the death toll rise.

The soaring numbers come despite a national lockdown that drastically limits when residents are allowed to leave their homes.

Italy is the most affected country in Europe, already overtaking China in the death toll on Thursday.

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Many salons and spas have already closed, Henry said, but the order encompasses any that were still operating. Other businesses can stay open, said Henry, as long as they can maintain proper social distancing.

"We are slowing down the country's production engine but we are not stopping it", he said.

As world leaders have vowed to fight the pandemic, the number of deaths and infections has continued to rise, especially in Europe - the main global hotspot. Doctors, nurses, and priests giving last rites have died from the virus, and every day brings grim news of new cases and deaths.

Russia's defence ministry said it was ready to fly mobile medical teams and disinfection equipment to Italy, and a plane delivered more than 100 tons of supplies from China to the Czech Republic as part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation program.

In a measure of how the fortunes of East and West have shifted, officials from the city of NY were sent to China to buy more ventilators.

China, which recorded its first new domestic case for four days, still has the most cases with 81,346, according to Johns Hopkins University but the United States has the third-highest number of cases.

The US has the world's fifth-highest total of coronavirus cases.

"We're about to enter into a new way of living here in Los Angeles", Mayor Eric Garcetti said as California went into lockdown, with people told venture outside only for essential jobs or errands and some exercise.