Italy reports 837 new coronavirus deaths
Italy’s coronavirus death toll increased by 837 on Tuesday, bringing the total to 12,428, according to the country’s health officials.
The grim news marks a slight increase from the day before, when the country reported 812 deaths.
Italian health officials also reported 4,053 new cases, which is virtually the same as the day before, suggesting that the virus’s spread in the country may be beginning to plateau.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Italy has confirmed over 105,000 cases of the virus, making it the country with the second-highest reported cases, behind the U.S.
However, their death toll now stands at 12,428, higher than any other country has reported.
The country is shut down, with Italians living under stringent restrictions intended to further prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The government has said those rules will extend past their original deadline, meaning Italians will celebrate Easter from their homes.
The Vatican flew its flag at half-staff Tuesday. It said in a statement that the move was intended to express its “closeness to the victims of the pandemic in Italy and in the world.”