The Italian policemen are also accused of helping local gangs break lockdown.
We visited the Bergamo region and talked to the doctors, medics, funeral directors and families witnessing the devastation.
We talked to hospital doctors to hear what they're experiencing on the front lines, and what they want us to keep doing.
“Don’t give yourself false hope – like thinking that after two or three weeks it will go away, and you will get back to your normal life.”
“We will send over the police with flamethrowers," said a furious official in the Campania region.
Bergamo, in northern Italy, called in the military to transport its dead to crematoriums around the country.
"Every time I see one of my British friends post pictures of themselves in bars or with people, I think: 'I used to be you.'"
Pop stars like Katy Perry and Madonna – as well as thousands of other internet users – keep falling for these pretty obvious jokes.
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Italy’s civil protection chief Angelo Borrelli also announced some 3,590 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infected people to 24,747.
Italy has seen a huge jump in coronavirus deaths, and has responded by closing all shops except pharmacies and food retailers.