Italy is considering an extension of the country’s lockdown after their death toll from the coronavirus hit 10,000 Saturday, with nearly 900 people dying in the past 24 hours.
The number of confirmed cases rose by about 6,000 to 92,472, the second-highest number of cases in the world behind the United States.The Lombardy region, which has seen more cases than the rest of the country, recorded 542 new deaths, bringing the total there to 5,944.
The country’s lockdown has been active for over three weeks and was set to expire next Friday.
“There are elements that make us believe that all of the April 3 expirations of provision will have to be postponed,” Industry Minister Stefano Patuanelli told Italian broadcaster Rai.
Officials noted that the toll could have been much worse without the lockdown.
“Without these measures, we would be seeing far worse numbers and our health service would be in a far more dramatic state. We would have been in an unsustainable situation,” Angelo Borelli, the head of Italy’s Civil Protection, told reporters on Saturday, according to Reuters.
On Saturday the U.S. saw the amount of coronavirus-related deaths in the country pass 2,000, a number that reflects a death toll that has doubled in the span of two days.