Italianย mayors stood alone outside town halls across the country at noon to observe a minute’s silence, as flags flew at half-mast to mourn the 11,591 people who have died from the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Italyย has suffered nearly a third of all fatalities caused by the disease around the world. The day of mourning marks the end of a month in which Italy saw more deaths from a single disaster than at any time since World War II.
The outbreak was first detected in Italy near the northern city of Milan in February.
The Italian government-imposed national quarantine measures to help stem the spread of a virus that has now officially infected more than 100,000 people.
Italy reported 812 deaths on Monday. The highest single-day toll was 969 on Friday – the worst 24-hour count recorded anywhere in the world.