Italy’s coronavirus death toll spiraled by 793 in 24 hours Saturday, just two days after the country surpassed China’s total fatalities.
Italy has now registered 4,825 deaths, with more than 53,000 people infected. China’s death toll was 3,255 with more than 81,000 people infected since the pandemic began earlier this year
The hardest hit region is the province of Lombardy in the northern part of the country, with 3,095 deaths and more than 25,000 people infected, according to government statistics.
Italy was among the first countries in Europe to institute strict measures on travel and quarantine, yet police reported more than 70,000 violations since measures were introduced March 11.
On Friday alone there were more than 10,000 quarantine violations registered by Italian police.