Drivers for the parcel delivery service UPS in Bergamo, one of the worst-hit towns in northern Italy by COVID-19, break out in song to lift their spirits as they load vans, Saturday, March 21. Italy has reported 47,021 COVID-19 infections and 4,032 deaths, so far.
READ MORE: The World Health Organization reported late Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic was continuing to move swiftly around the world, with the number of cases exceeding 267,000, including more than 11,000 deaths.
Health officials said infections were accelerating at a faster pace than ever. They noted it took three months for the world to reach the first 100,000 cases of the deadly disease, but only 12 days to reach the next 100,000.
World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lamented this latest tragic milestone in a pandemic that has a long way to run before it is stopped.
At the same time, he noted that Wuhan, China, the original epicenter of the disease, reported no new cases Thursday for the first time since the outbreak started. He said this provided hope that even the most severe situation could be turned around.