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Italy’s dead overwhelm morgues as virus toll tops 8,000

The overwhelmed Italian city of Berhgamo at the heart of the coronavirus pandemic today sent more of its dead to nearby towns for cremation as the country’s world-leading death toll topped 8,000.

Officials in Rome reported 662 new deaths and 6,153 infections — largely in line with the figures reported throughout the week.

A view shows some of 35 coffins of deceased people stored in a warehouse in Ponte San Pietro, near Bergamo, Lombardy, on March 26, 2020 prior to be transported in another region to be cremated (Piero CRUCIATTI / AFP)

The rise in daily deaths edged down to the lowest point in the crisis — 8.8 percent — while the infection rate stood at around eight percent for the fourth day running.

But the numbers are not dropping much further and Italians appear to be coming to terms with the realization that two weeks of life under lockdown have not made the disease go away.

Italy’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 8,165 — more than that of second-placed Spain and China, where the virus emerged in December, combined.

Source: AFP