Five fatalities were announced in Italy today, taking its death toll to 34 as infection continues to cripple the country’s northern regions.
Total case numbers rose to 1,694 after the Civil Protection Agency revealed roughly 500 fresh positive tests this evening – an alarming 50 per cent leap in just 24 hours.
The outbreak is one of the largest outside of mainland
Ministers in Rome have taken drastic measures to firefight the outbreak, including scrapping public events and erecting police checkpoints around the 11 contaminated towns.
But despite the travel freeze from virus-hit areas, where 50,000 citizens are in quarantine, cases dotted across Europe have been traced back to Italy.
The global coronavirus death toll has hit 3,000 following a sudden spike in Italian cases
Medical staff wearing protective suits carry the coffin containing the body of Assunta Pastore, 87, after she passed away in her room at the Garden hotel in Laigueglia, northwest Italy today
Tourists wearing protective masks stand in front of the Vittoriano in central Rome today
The United States has urged all Americans not to travel to the two Italian regions hardest hit by the virus.
Of the 12 new patients announced in the UK today, two had recently arrived from Italy.
The Czech Republic has confirmed its first three cases of coronavirus, with all the patients having travelled from northern Italy, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said today.
Across the border, the number of people infected with COVID-19 in Germany also jumped sharply to 129.
The deadly virus has now reached nine of Germany’s 16 states, with Frankfurt, Hamburg and Bremen among the cities reporting their first case.
Paramedics work in a tent that was set up outside the hospital of Cremona, northern Italy
Of the 12 new patients announced in the UK today, two had recently arrived from Italy Pictured: Mr Johnson during a visit to a laboratory in PHE’s National Infection Service
Coronavirus fears have rocked everyday life, with Europeans desperate not to contract the bug which has infected 87,000 worldwide.
The Louvre in Paris, the world’s most visited museum, closed on Sunday after staff refused to work due to coronavirus fears, unions and management said.
The measure came after France said it would ban gatherings of 5,000 people or more, with schools shut and religious services axed in some of the hardest hit zones.
Sunday’s half-marathon in Paris was cancelled because of the virus.
Hungary said it is halting entry to its border ‘transit zone’ camps for asylum-seekers over coronavirus fears after Turkey began letting migrants head toward Europe.
But the border-free Schengen zone still remains open, meaning people can flow freely between the 26 member states without subject to screening.
The number of countries to report coronavirus cases climbed past 60, with patients now on every continent except Antarctica.