Italy suffers another day of heartbreak and horror as coronavirus claims 651 lives in 24 hours bringing devastating death toll to 5,476 while infections soar nearly 60,000 – with 36O killed in worst-hit region of Lombardy

Sunday, March 22, 2020
By Paul Martin

The UK’s death toll rose to 233 on Saturday with a total of 5,018 confirmed cases
This is the exact same number of fatalities experienced by Italy two weeks ago
It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned outbreak is ‘accelerating’
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22 March 2020

The coronavirus death toll in Italy’s worst-hit region has surpassed 3,450 in the last 24 hours after a rise of 360 fatalities in Lombardy.

Ministers in Rome have been forced to plunge all 60million citizens into lockdown, while ordering all non-essential businesses in the country to shut amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

The pandemic has taken a choke-hold on everyday life, with even Pope Francis retreating indoors to make his weekly address via videolink.

But despite Italy’s clampdown on person-to-person contact, the death toll spiralled yesterday from 739 to 4,825 nationwide, marking the deadliest day for a country in the global pandemic so far.

Britain’s coronavirus death toll has jumped to match the number of fatalities recorded in Italy two weeks ago, fanning fears the UK is just a fortnight away from being plunged into an equally grim crisis.

The amount of deaths in the UK yesterday jumped to 233, mirroring the figure in Italy on March 7, and rose to 240 today.

And chilling statistics reveal that the UK’s trajectory is even outstripping that of Italy, which recently surpassed China in suffering the world’s biggest death toll.

Scientists are also forecasting that Britain is braced to follow Italy’s rapid spike in cases.

Looking across the continent, the dire situation unfolding in Italy has set alarm bells ringing in the UK which was far slower to enforce robust distancing measures.

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