ROME, ITALY – MARCH 27: Medical staff work at the fourth Covid hospital in the Tor Vergata unit … [+]
Topline: Italy continues to be the country hardest hit by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Its Civil Protection Agency shared Friday it had recorded 919 deaths in the past 24 hours, making it the worst day yet in the country, according to Reuters.
- The 24-hour record follows a briefing with Silvio Brusaferro, head of Italy’s national health institute, in which he warned that the country has yet to reach the peak of infections, though he noted there were signs of slowdown in the number of people contracting the illness.
- Italy has experienced the deadliest outbreak of the coronavirus with 9,134 total deaths, followed by another European country, Spain, which also recorded its worst day of the pandemic Friday with 769 deaths for a total of 4,934.
- Italy’s confirmed cases of 86,498 surpassed China, where it’s believed the outbreak began. The Mediterranean country of 60 million is currently behind the United States’ 97,028, which surged past both yesterday to become the country with the most confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
- After the previous peak on Saturday, there was a decrease in Italian fatalities on Sunday with 650 and Monday with 602, but the toll rose back up again Tuesday to 743.
Tangent: In some good news, a 101-year-old Italian man was released Thursday after recovering from the virus. The respiratory disease is particularly deadly for elderly people, and Italy has the second-oldest population in the world. In total, 10,950 people in Italy have beat the virus.
Key Background: Italians have been on lockdown since March 6. Its worst hit area is its most populous, the Lombardy region, accounting for 59% of the fatalities nationwide. Hospitals are expectedly packed and running short on supplies. A doctor died last Friday after having to work without protective gloves, according to the Washington Post. According to Johns Hopkins University, there are 585,040 confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide and 26,819 deaths.