The Italian health ministry said as of 6 p.m. local time on March 22, at least 5,476 people have died due to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus. Accoring to the Worldometers real-time data, around 3,000 are in critical condition.
There are 59,138 reported cases in total, where about 7,024 people have recovered. In an attempt to try and contain the virus, Rome has now ordered that all businesses that are not providing essential supplies or services must close until April 3, Reuters reported.
Italy is already under a heavy lockdown where public movement is restricted and many establishments are closed.