Written bySiddhant Pandey ·
After a two-day consecutive drop in the number of coronavirus-related deaths, Italy hoped that the worst was over.
However, on Tuesday, the European country recorded 743 deaths, the second-highest single-day fatalities amid the coronavirus outbreak yet.
With 6,820 deaths, Italy has notably reported the most number of fatalities due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) around the world.
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The death toll in Italy rose to 743 on Tuesday, taking the nationwide fatalities to 6,820. In Italy, the outbreak started merely a month ago.
This comes after Italy reported 602 deaths on Monday and 651 deaths on Sunday—a trend that suggested that the outbreak had already peaked in Italy.
On Saturday, Italy had reported a high of 793 deaths.
By Tuesday, Italy confirmed a total number of 69,176 cases of COVID-19.
However, the Civil Protection Agency said that since Italy is only testing people with severe symptoms, the actual number of coronavirus infections could be 10 times higher at 7 lakh.
Civil Protection Service chief Angelo Borrelli told La Repubblica newspaper, "A ratio of one certified case out of every 10 is credible."
As the nation faces a shortage of medical supplies, Veneto Governor Luca Zaia ordered the confiscation of ventilators at veterinary surgeries for converting them for human use.
Reports also emerged that some hospitals in Italy are prioritizing the young and those without other underlying health problems for ventilator support.
Some textile and fashion companies will soon start producing half the required amount of masks.
The spike in the number of coronavirus deaths in Italy comes even as the country has been on lockdown for two weeks.
Leaving homes is forbidden, except for essential use, and all schools, bars, and restaurants remain shut.
The government ordered shut all non-essential businesses and also increased the fine for leaving homes from a maximum of 206 euros previously to 3,000 euros.
The lockdown will stay in place till April 3. However, there is speculation that it could be extended as the outbreak shows no signs of slowing down. On Tuesday, the government also allowed itself the power to extend the deadline to July 31.
According to Goldman Sachs' forecast Tuesday, the Italian economy could shrink 11% this year. Notably, the economy was already bordering recession before the coronavirus outbreak hit.
The government has ordered industrial sectors, including medical suppliers, to remain operational during the outbreak.
However, there has been pushback as workers in the metal, chemical, textile, rubber-plastic and paper industries plan to go on strike on Wednesday.
Around the world, the coronavirus outbreak has killed nearly 19,000 lives and sickened over 4 lakh people.
The outbreak began in China's Wuhan city in December last year.
COVID-19 is caused by a novel coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 that is believed to have originated in bats.
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