Italy recorded 919 deaths from coronavirus on Friday, the highest daily toll anywhere in the world since the virus first emerged in China. Italy now has 9,134 reported deaths, the Civil Protection Agency said, far higher than in China.
This week has been the darkest for Italians, recording high number of deaths killed as authorities and doctors fight to bring the spread under control.
Prior to Friday’s figure, the largest daily toll was registered on March 21, when 793 people died.
The 919 people who died over the last 24 hours compares with 712 deaths on Thursday, 683 on Wednesday, 743 on Tuesday and 602 on Monday.
The total number of confirmed cases rose to 86,498 from a previous 80,539, taking Italy’s total past that of China, where the coronavirus epidemic emerged at the end of last year.