COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, killed 651 people in Italy within 24 hours, bringing its total to 5,476 from 4,825 a day earlier or an increase of 13.5 percent.
Italy’s total confirmed coronavirus infections skyrocketed to 59,138 on Sunday from 53,578 on Saturday.
Despite a nationwide quarantine or lockdown imposed on Match 10, 2020, Italy’s large number of elderly people in their 70s and 80s have been the hardest hit.
The measures have included shutting down all non essential services and ordering people to stay home except for work or health necessities.
Reports said Italy was now considering more drastic measures to stem the spread of the virus.
In Canada, death toll from the coronavirus outbreak skyrocketed almost 50 percent in less than a day.
The mayor of New York City warned hospitals would likely be overwhelmed in 10 days. More than a hundred people have died there.
There were more than 400 deaths from coronavirus deaths in the United States.