Pray For Italy trends on twitter after Italy announced 627 more deaths on Friday, all in a single day.
Soldiers were also being drafted in to help enforce the lockdown in Italy on Friday as it records the largest single-day toll anywhere in the world since the coronavirus outbreak began.
Italy announced 627 more deaths on Friday, the biggest day-to-day increase in the country’s four-week epidemic, a day after surpassing China’s death toll. The total number of deaths in Italy reached 4,032.
The death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 5,000 in Europe – the new epicentre of the pandemic – as Italy, Germany and Spain reported a steep rise in infections.
More than 209,000 people have been infected by the coronavirus globally and more than 8,700 have died, according to the World Health Organization.
At least 87,000 have recovered from COVID-19, according to data collected by the Johns Hopkins University in the United States. JHU’s global death toll has surpassed 10,000.