A convoy of five military trucks took 30 coffins of COVID-19 victims from Bergamo, where the cemetery is full, to a cemetery in Piedmont, Saturday, March 21. Italy has reported 47,021 COVID-19 infections and 4,032 deaths, so far.

READ MORE: Close to 1 billion people worldwide were confined to their homes Saturday as the global coronavirus death toll shot past 11,000 and U.S. states rolled out lockdown measures already imposed across swathes of Europe.

The pandemic has completely upended lives across the planet, restricting movement, shutting schools and forcing millions to work from home.

While President Donald Trump insisted the United States was "winning" the war against the virus, individual states dramatically ramped up restrictions, with New York and Illinois joining California in ordering residents to stay home.

The virus death toll surged past 11,000 worldwide, with 4,000 alone in worst-hit Italy where the daily number of fatalities has shot up relentlessly over the past week.

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