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Cemetery workers in protective masks transport a coffin of a person who died from coronavirus disease in Bergamo
Cemetery workers in protective masks transport a coffin of a person who died from coronavirus disease in Bergamo Credit: Reuters

Italy surpassed China as the country with the most people killed by the coronavirus三级成人视频 on Thursday, after the Italian death toll surged to 3,405.

三级成人视频Italy announced another 427 fatalities, meaning it has easily overtaken the 3,249 who have so far died in China.

The new number was a chilling illustration of how the health emergency has switched from Asia to Europe. Italy is by far the worst affected European country, averaging more than 350 deaths a day since Sunday.

三级成人视频The country reached the grim milestone on the same day that Wuhan, the Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged three months ago, recorded no new infections.

三级成人视频Among the worst-hit Italian cities are Bergamo and Brescia in the northern region of Lombardy, the epicenter of Italy’s outbreak.

In Brescia and its surrounding province, there has been an explosion in the last few days in the number of people infected to nearly 4,000. More than 460 people have died.

“These days have been our September 11,” said Emilio Del Bono, the mayor.

“We are living through an emergency of huge proportions.” He called for a stricter lockdown to restrict people’s movements, including the closing of all banks, newsagents and tobacconists.

Workers stand next to coffins and coronavirus victims in Bergamo, northern Italy Credit: FOTOGRAMMA/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The city of Bergamo, northeast of Milan, has been dubbed “Italy’s Wuhan” and is struggling to deal with around five times the number of dead than normal.

三级成人视频“We are on the verge of collapse – we no longer know where to put patients and meanwhile people outside continue to go around as if nothing was happening,” said Luca Cavalera, a regional health official.

Funeral companies have been working non-stop for two weeks, their staff grabbing a few hours’ sleep each night.

So many bodies piled up at the city’s overwhelmed cemetery that more than 60 coffins were transported to crematoriums in other parts of the country by a convoy of 15 Italian army trucks.

三级成人视频There was an urgent need for more medical staff and equipment to deal with the growing number of seriously ill patients.

三级成人视频"We are in full emergency. Our physicians and nurses are working round the clock to fight this incredible situation. We do not know how long this pandemic will last," said Stefano Fagiuoli, from the city’s Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital.

三级成人视频“We desperately need nurses and doctors, as well as ventilation equipment and individual protection devices.” With infections and deaths increasing at an alarming rate, Italian authorities are threatening to introduce even more draconian measures.

A giant Italian flag hangs from a palazzo in Bergamo, one of the cities worst hit by the outbreak Credit: AP

Supermarket opening hours could be curtailed, public transport further restricted and people banned from taking a stroll or going for a run – the latter being a grey area up until now, with uncertainty as to what was allowed.

Although the rate of infections is slowing, authorities say there are still too many people out on the streets, elevating the risk of spreading the virus.

三级成人视频Around 1.2 million Italians have been questioned by police and soldiers since the coronavirus lockdown was imposed, of whom 52,000 were charged with having no valid reason for being out of their homes.

People need to stay at home “or we will be forced to take more rigorous measures,” said Attilio Fontana, the governor of Lombardy.

A spell of beautiful weather has not helped matters, tempting people out of their homes to enjoy the sunshine, blue skies and blossoming trees.

“On the one hand I see people going for a stroll, and on the other I’m seeing people (in hospital) who are unable to breathe,” he said. “Enough. If the current measures are not sufficient we will have to intervene further.

“The numbers from this epidemic continue to be extremely worrying. I cannot accept that so many people are dying each day. And I get angry with those who still don’t get it, or pretend not to,” the governor told Corriere della Sera newspaper.

三级成人视频“We are asking people to stay at home – not because we enjoy being baddies but because this is the only weapon we have to stop the spread of the contagion.”

三级成人视频He said the situation remained “terrible”, with exhausted doctors and nurses performing “superhuman” feats as they tried to save as many people as possible.

A column of military trucks filled with coffins travels through Bergamo, in northern Italy Credit: EPA

三级成人视频The minister for sport also called on Italians to give up physical activities to try to stem the spread of the virus.

“These are the most dangerous days and I do not see the need to do physical exercise outside the home,” said Vincenzo Spadafora. “If we need to take tougher measures, we will do so.”

三级成人视频The governor of the Veneto region, which neighbours Lombardy, echoed the call for a tougher lockdown.

三级成人视频"I hope there will soon be measures to restrict people jogging or going out for walks. I'm sorry about that but the alternative is intensive care, hospitalisation and contagion," said Luca Zaia.

The national lockdown was meant to end on March 25 but Giuseppe Conte, the prime minister, said it would be extended.

In France, President Emmanuel Macron complained that too many people were "taking lightly" confinement rules that were imposed on Tuesday.

"When I see people going to the park, to the beach or rushing to markets, they haven't understood the messages," he said during a visit to the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

三级成人视频His comments came after unions for medical interns called for "total and absolute confinement of the entire population" and warnings that the number of people outdoors threatened to torpedo attempts to curb the epidemic, which in France has killed 264 people.

三级成人视频Earlier, the interior minister, Christophe Castaner, lashed out at "imbeciles" who refuse to obey the confinement rules. "Some people think they are little heroes when they break the rules. Well no, they are imbeciles," he said. "They pose a risk to themselves, their family, their loved ones but also to health workers who will be there even if they behave stupidly, to help them, treat them, save them."

Italian Army trucks line up outside the main cemetery in Bergamo Credit: AFP

三级成人视频French police handed out more than 4,000 fines around the country within 24 hours of the confinement rules being announced.

三级成人视频A group of 12 people who were caught having a barbeque in a village outside Paris were fined €1,600 (£1,485). "That makes for a rather expensive barbeque but you don't play Russian roulette with health," Christophe Dietrich, the local mayor, told Le Parisien.

In Germany, the number of cases jumped by almost a third to reach 11,000. But so far only 20 people have died, leaving experts puzzled as to why the country has such a low death rate, particularly compared to Italy.

三级成人视频The German military is on standby to help should the situation deteriorate. “We are preparing for a worst-case scenario where a very large number of people will become infected and we have the human resources to help," said the Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the defence minister.

三级成人视频The increase in cases raised concerns that Germany could end up with thousands of people needing hospitalisation, with its healthcare system as overwhelmed as that of Italy.