NEWS
Saturday March 21 2020
Lombardy at coronavirus breaking point

The coronavirus pandemic continues to grow in Italy and the Lombardy region alone registered another 546 deaths over the last 24 hours.

The epicentre remains Lombardy, including Milan, Bergamo and Brescia as the hotbeds of the virus.

Over the last 24 hours, another 546 deaths have been registered in this region alone, taking the total count of fatalities in Lombardy to 3,905.

The other most disconcerting statistic is that another 3,251 people have tested positive since Friday in the region.

There are now 8,258 in hospital with serious symptoms, including 1,093 in intensive care.

Bergamo is the worst-affected and it’s reported this evening the military trucks will return to take away another 70 coffins.

The crematorium in the town can only manage 25 per day, if it runs 24 hours a day, so the mounting death toll is creating a backlog.

Earlier this week, a procession of trucks took away 60 coffins to be cremated in other cities and regions, but the situation has precipitated even further.

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