Italy’s deaths spike by 919 – its biggest one-day tally yet – to 9,134 as country warns coronavirus has NOT yet peaked and lockdown will have to be extended

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The 969 new deaths bring Italy’s death 8,165 to 9,134, up 11.9 per cent

The number rose by 5,959, taking 80,539 to 86,948

It puts Italy in an unwanted lead over China which has registered 81,897 cases

Italy’s coronavirus death surged by 969 today, its biggest -day increase yet, while the number cases is now higher than in China.

The hundreds new deaths bring the 8,165 to 9,134, an increase of 11.9 per cent since yesterday.

Meanwhile Italy’s total infection count rose by 5,959, bringing the total from 80,539 to 86,948.

The figures mean Italy has overtaken China which has racked up 81,897 cases. The United States has the highest tally in the world with 86,012.

The head of Italy’s health warned today ‘we haven’t reached the peak and we haven’t passed it’.

Italy’s is already in its third week but school closures and a ban on non-essential activities are likely to be extended beyond April 3.

The world also passed another grim landmark today as the death reached 25,000, the majority of them in Europe.

Medical staff wearing face masks and blue protective suits treat a coronavirus patient in an intensive care unit at the San Raffaele in Milan today
Medical staff attend to coronavirus patients in the intensive care unit in Milan today, in the region of Lombardy which has been hardest hit by the
Italian army soldiers wearing protective suits coffins to the cemetery of Cinisello Balsamo near Milan after they were removed from overloaded Bergamo

China still had a majority of world and deaths as recently as March 15, according to World Health Organisation figures.

In the 12 days since then, its proportion of deaths has fallen from 56 per cent to 13 per cent.

Cases have continued to surge in Italy despite a which is now in its third week.

The government in Rome has progressively tightened the rules, banning all non-essential activities until at least next Friday.

Franco Locatelli, who heads the council which advises the government on health matters, told reporters this deadline would need extending.

‘If I had to decide using today’s data, I believe it is inevitable these will be prolonged,’ he said.