Italian officials reporting more than 50 deaths in 24 hours.

According to the BBC Europe’s worst hit-country Italy also reported a steep rise in cases.

Leading Italian politician Nicola Zingaretti said on Saturday he had tested positive for the virus.

“I am fine but I will have to stay home for the next few days”, the leader of Italy’s centre-left Democratic Party (PD) said in a Facebook post.

For more on this breaking news story go to BBC

The following quote is from our reporter/writer Brunnell Pernigotti who is in Turin one of the areas affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The situation here is getting worse and worse… The hospitals are full and doctors are few and tired and many of them are with coronavirus, too. The normal antivirus drugs don’t work well and the only hope is that your body can fight properly and win the virus by its own… The “red areas” are all around Turin and we can’t go and come there…

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