ABC News reports the coronavirus death toll in crisis-hit Italy rose to 4,032, as the country reported nearly 6,000 new cases over the past 24 hours. This came a day after Italy became the first country to surpass China in number of deaths.
Over the past 24 hours, 627 people have died of the virus, with 380 of those deaths coming in the northern region of Lombardy, where doctors have been pleading for international assistance. The total number of confirmed cases nationwide now stands at 47,021.
The surge in the death toll now means Italy well surpasses the death toll in China, the origin of the outbreak, where 3,249 have died. The news that Italy has become the worst hit country came as the authorities in China reported no new domestic cases, three new deaths and a total of 228 imported cases today, a major milestone in the country’s fight against the pandemic.
To help combat the virus in the hardest hit areas, the Italian prime minister announced a task force of volunteer doctors who would be sent to those areas.
“Up to 300 doctors will come from all over Italy to support the areas most affected by the Coronavirus. We are standing beside the communities that are on the front line in facing this emergency, we continue to fight this battle together with them,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte declared in a statement.
Per NBC News, Sky News’ Stuart Ramsay got an inside look at a hospital in Italy that is overflowing with coronavirus patients as the medical staff struggles to contain the virus.