Italy has recorded 919 new coronavirus deaths, its highest daily figure in the outbreak so far. 9,134 people have now died from the virus in the country.

Earlier World Health Organization chief said a “chronic global shortage” of protective equipment was one of the “most urgent threats” to the ability to save lives.
Italy is the worst-affected in Europe. Almost everything has been closed and people told to stay at home. Earlier on Friday, authorities warned that restrictions were likely to be extended beyond 3 April.
The hardest hit region of Lombardy saw a sharp increase in deaths from Covid-19, following a decline that had raised hopes the outbreak there could have peaked.

The number of currently infected people rose by 4,401 – a slightly lower increase than Thursday’s figure but still well up on the numbers from earlier in the week. There has been a total of nearly 86,500 confirmed cases in the country.

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