ROME: Italy on Friday registered almost 1,000 deaths from coronavirus in one-day record anywhere across the world since the pandemic began.
The epidemic in the country could be nearing its peak, said the experts.
Since the beginning of the virus in Italy, the country has so far recorded 9,134 deaths with 86,498 cases – more than China, where the epidemic first emerged in December last year.
Till date, the number of doctors killed by the deadly virus stands at 46 with 6414 health workers infected with the virus.
The latest victim was 70-year-old doctor Annamaria Focarete.
One tearful colleague told Adnkronos news agency that “with her fighting spirit she seemed to have beaten it. Then a superinfection got her.”
Italy’s defence minister Lorenzo Guerini thanked military doctors and nurses for battling the disease in field hospitals. The minister added that they were making the country proud.
On March 9, Italy went into a nationwide lockdown.
Last week, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that the measures taken to close schools, bars and restaurants and restrict movement would be prolonged beyond the original end-date of April 3, without specifying until when.