349 new Covid-19 deaths take Italy total to over 2000

17 Mars, 2020, 01:33 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Paramedics carry medical waste box as patients lie on beds at one of the emergency structures set up at the a hospital in Brescia Italy

Italy recorded 3,590 cases and 398 deaths in a 24 hour period, Italy's Civil Protection chief Angelo Borelli announced Sunday, The Associated Press reported.

Italy's proportion of fatalities to confirmed cases of the new coronavirus infection is now higher than that of China.

Bergamo is an Italian city just northeast of Milan, located in the nation's worst-infected Lombardy region, which has been at the center of Italy's - and Europe's - coronavirus crisis. Of those, 252 were recorded in the last 24 hours. Some 1,851 people were in intensive care against a previous 1,672.

It has been deemed as the epicentre of the outbreak in Europe.

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To help Italian businesses and families face the prolonged lockdown imposed by the epidemic, the Italian government on Monday approved a much-awaited package of economic measures for up to €25 billion, including incentives for workers who risk losing their jobs and baby-sitting vouchers for parents. More than 24,700 people in the country have been diagnosed with the disease and more than 1,800 people have died.

Authorities have been working to set up hundreds of intensive care beds in a specially created facility in the Fiera Milano exhibition centre but are still waiting for sufficient respirators and qualified personnel.

It has reported more than 700 deaths in two days.

"How many other thousands have entered without showing the same sense of responsibility?" he told RAI state television, adding that the army might have to be deployed to control arrivals.

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