While the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases across Europe is rising dramatically, Italy remains the second country most harshly hit by the virus’ outbreak outside China, recording 1,809 deaths and 24,747 cases to date, amid growing fears over its regions’ health systems’ capacities to handle the emergency.

Only on Sunday March 15, the country reported 368 deaths, noting a 25% increase over the day before, and the largest 24-hour spike in Coronavirus-related deaths.

Italy has been in lockdown since the previous week, with only pharmacies, banks and groceries stores allowed to operate.


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