The coronavirus pandemic continues to see spiraling death tolls and lockdowns across the globe.
Worldwide, nearly 312,000 people have been infected and over 13,400 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
About 150 countries now have confirmed cases, and deaths have been reported in more than 30 US states.
In a live television broadcast on Saturday night, Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced he was tightening the country’s lockdown and shutting down all production facilities except those providing essential goods and services.
Italy announced its biggest day-to-day increase of infections on Saturday, which rose to 53,000 people, with nearly 800 new deaths.
Italy now has 4,825 deaths, more than all of China, where the virus first emerged late last year.
The first of nine Russian cargo planes left Moscow on Sunday, bringing medical personnel and supplies to Italy, including eight mobile medical teams.
In Spain, Europe’s hardest-hit country after Italy, intensive care units in some areas were close to their limits even before Sunday’s new tally of 28,572 infections and 1,720 deaths.
The army is building a field hospital with 5,500 beds in a convention centre in Madrid, where hotels are also being turned into wards for virus patients without serious breathing problems.
Meanwhile, outside of Europe, the United States overtook Germany as the country with the fourth-highest number of Covid-19 cases with 26,747 cases and 340 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
At least 38 people tested positive at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex – more than half of them inmates.
n India, thousands defied a 14-hour ‘people’s curfew’ as they attempted to reach their home villages on crowded trains in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the curfew in a bid stem a surge in coronavirus cases in the world’s second-most populous country.
On Sunday evening thousands gathered on balconies to collectively cheer front-line health workers.
At least 341 people have been infected in India by the new coronavirus and five people have died in the country from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.