368 dead in 24 hours

The number of fatalities totaled 1,809, of which 1,218 are from the Lombardy region. They warn that they are about to run out of beds in hospitals

The Italian government reported Sunday that 368 people affected by Covid-19 coronavirus died in the last 24 hours, the highest daily number since the dissemination of data on the pandemic began., with a total of 1,809 fatalities across the country.

“Unfortunately, 368 victims and 2,853 new positive cases were registered,” the head of Civil Protection, Angelo Borrelli, reported at a press conference, presenting the balance of the last hours.

The situation worsened especially in the northern region of Lombardy, the one most affected by the disease, where in the last few hours 252 positive people died with the Covid-19 coronavirus and brought the regional balance to 1,218 fatal victims, according to the head of health Giulio Gallera at a press conference.

With the new data, those infected in Italy exceed 21,000, said Borrelli.

Coronavirus: the situation in the Vatican

While Italy reinforces the measures, it was confirmed today that Pope Francis will celebrate Easter week, including the traditional Way of the Cross in the Roman Colosseum, without the presence of the faithful, in a decision that seeks to stop the advance of the coronavirus and that includes the suspension of all events with public until at least April 12.

The Prefecture of the Pontifical House announced that “on the occasion of the current international health emergency,” all the liturgical celebrations of Holy Week “will take place without the physical presence of the faithful“according to an internal note to which Télam agreed.

Thus, Jorge Bergoglio will celebrate his eighth Easter as pontiff, including the foot washing of Holy Thursday and the Way of the Cross in the symbol of the Italian capital, without the presence of the faithful for the first time since 2013.

In the letter addressed to Vatican personnel, the Prefecture also confirmed that, until at least April 12, it will hold the general hearings on Wednesdays and the Sunday Angelus without an audience and with live streaming broadcasts.

Today, before visiting two churches in central Rome in the afternoon to pray, the Pope dedicated his morning mass in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta to workers who continue their work, according to Télam.

Coronavirus: the situation in the Vatican

The Lombard government warned in that direction that soon He will be without hospital beds to treat those infected by the pandemic.

“The numbers continue to grow: we are close to the moment when we will no longer have resuscitation beds,” the region’s president, Attilio Fontana, lamented in television statements on Sunday.

Lombardy, also the richest region in the country, currently supports almost half of the people admitted to intensive care in all of Italy.

In this context, the regional government is negotiating the adaptation of the Fiera Milano complex, which in 2015 hosted the International Expo Mián, in a hospital that can treat those infected by the disease, Fontana reported.

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