An Italian town at the centre of the coronavirus pandemic is holding burials every half an hour after 146 people died there in a week.

The mortuary at the local hospital in Bergamo, Lombardy, is full, with bodies kept in churches while awaiting burial. The hospital is full with bodies now being kept in churches. Coronavirus patients are being buried every half hour.The virus has battered Europe, with Italy, the worst-hit European country, seeing the number of deaths climb past 1,400 and infections surging overnight to more than 21,000 because of what authorities characterized as irresponsible behavior by people still socializing despite the nationwide lockdown.