On Saturday, statistics showed that Italy topped the world chart on coronavirus death row which had risen above 10,000 with less significant measures to curb it.
The 889 new fatalities reported by the civil protection service came a day after the nation of 60 million registered a world record of 969 deaths on Friday.
Its toll from the past three days alone reached 2,520, way above the total number of deaths in either the United States or France.
Italians began to experience hope when their daily death and infection rates began to slow on March 22.
But the sudden new surge became quite alarming as there was no positive news from the pandemic’s epicentre in northern Lombardy region around Milan.
Official figures showed the number of people receiving intensive care treatment in the region’s hospitals barely changed from Friday.
“Our hospitals are starting to breathe little by little again.”, Lombardy’s chief medical officer, Giulio Gallera said.
The nations most hit by the pandemic are urging the European Union to abandon its policy of keeping within tight budget constraints.