Coronavirus death toll rises: Italy 9134, Spain 4,934
Italy has recorded its single biggest leap in coronavirus deaths, announcing that 969 people have died from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours reaching 9134 and Spain recorded 769 deaths in 24 hours, bringing its death toll to 4,858.
Seemingly dashing hopes that the rate of infection might be flattening there, Italy also became the second country to overtake China in terms of the number of infections, reaching 86,498 cases. That included 66,414 current infections, up 4,401 from Thursday.
According to Reuters, On Friday, March 27, the US became the country with the largest infection caseload, with 100,000 cases and 1534 deaths tolls.
An extension of Italy’s coronavirus containment measures is inevitable, the country’s supreme health council (CSS) said on Friday 27 March, “We are not in a markedly declining phase, but in a phase, albeit encouraging, of containment,” said the CSS head, Franco Locatelli.
Spain, another of Europe’s hardest-hit countries, recorded 769 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing its death toll to 4,858.
Countries around the globe have been turning in increasing numbers to their militaries to assist with the escalating coronavirus pandemic. As officials around the world warned that their health systems were being overwhelmed, more countries joined China, Italy, Spain and the UK in deploying their armed forces to help during a pandemic that has placed more than a third of the world’s population under various forms of lockdown.