Over the past 24 hours, 627 people have died of the virus, with 380 of those deaths coming in the northern region of Lombardy, where doctors have been pleading for worldwide assistance.
In its daily bulletin, the Italian Civil Protection Agency also reports that the total number of contagions is up by nearly 15 per cent to 47,021. This came a day after Italy became the first country to surpass China in number of deaths.
Italy overtook China on Thursday as the country to register the most deaths from the respiratory disease.
Lombardy, which surrounds Milan, remains the region worst hit by the outbreak, with more than 22,000 cases and 2,549 deaths. Fontana during a news conference on Friday, March 20, said that he has made a series of requests to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in relation to the use of the army to make sure that the measures are strictly applied.
A physician in town in the center of Italy's coronavirus outbreak says that employees are now having to turn patients away because the hospital is overly complete. Italy's national government is widely expected to respond soon.
According to the Gimbe Health Foundation's release all the health workers infected make up of 8.3 per cent of the country's total cases.
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"We have to do even more to contain the infections.Correct behaviour from everyone is essential to win this battle", Health Minister Roberto Speranza said after signing the latest directive.
A Chinese medical team of 12 doctors, nurses and experts flew into Lombardy to provide assistance to the Italian authorities earlier this week.
Stefano Fagiuoli, the chair of the Department of Medicine at the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo, Lombardy, launched an urgent public appeal for funds and volunteer doctors in a video circulated to foreign media.
"I would say that we are at the end of our strength", Dr. Romano Paolucci, who's at Oglio Po Hospital in Cremona, told Reuters.
"When the virus arrived here, there was no containment and it spread through the valleys very quickly".
Lazio, the region that includes Rome, reports 1,008 cases and 43 deaths.