Italy: Coronavirus Death Toll Jumps 25 Percent; Exceeds 1,800

A woman wearing a protection mask walks near Piazza de Ferrari in Genoa, Liguria, on March 13, 2020 as Italy shut all stores except for pharmacies and food shops in a desperate bid to halt the spread of a coronavirus. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP …

In the last 24 hours, 368 people have died in Italy from the coronavirus, bringing the nation’s death toll to 1,809 from 1,441 a day earlier — a 25 percent increase and the highest daily death toll Italy has seen yet.

Newly released data from Italy’s Civil Protection reveals that the country’s death toll has surged from 1,441 deaths on Saturday to 1,809 on Sunday, and 21,157 confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday to 24,747 on Sunday.

In just one day, Italy has suffered an additional 368 deaths, as well as an additional 3,590 confirmed cases of the virus nationwide — the highest daily increase that the nation as seen thus far.

As Italy’s coronavirus death toll and confirmed cases skyrocket, the Italian government scrambles to come up with enough ventilators and ICU beds for patients in overcrowded hospitals, while Italian doctors say they have been forced to ration services for older, sicker patients in order to prioritize younger patients who are more likely to be saved from the virus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Bergamo — a city just northeast of Milan, in the nation’s worst-infected Lombardy region — has said that coronavirus patients who cannot be treated “are left to die.”

On Saturday, an Italian man shared a video of himself flipping through a Bergamo newspaper to show the daily obituaries of those who have died from the virus in the city, putting Italy’s coronavirus death toll into a harrowing perspective.

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