Bergamo mayor Giorgio Gori observed a minute of silence near the town hall of the northern Italian city, the hardest-hit by COVID-10, on Tuesday, as flags were flown at half-mast to commemorate the victims of the outbreak.

Footage shows Gori observing a minute of silence in front of Bergamo's Torre dei Caduti ('Tower of the Fallen,' a memorial tower in honour of World War I soldiers) at 12:00 (10:00 GMT). Due to the rule that forbids any kind of gathering Gori was accompanied by just two more officers that kept the safety distance from him.

The initiative was launched by the municipality of Bergamo and reportedly joined by mayors of all main Italian cities.

Since Tuesday flags has been flown at half-mast all across Italy.

Bergamo is located in the hardest-hit Italian region by COVID-19, Lombardy, with 42,161 cases and 6,818 deaths as of Monday evening.

Italy has the world's highest number of deaths due to the outbreak, with 11,591 fatalities, and the second highest number of cases with 101,739 infected, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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