Italy had their first confirmed coronavirus case on 21 February, in just 23 days 1,809 people have died with 24,747 confirmed cases.
Italy has the largest suspected and confirmed cases in Europe, according to data from John Hopkins University.
An Italian doctor who is at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak has spoken out and has said the virus is a “tsunami that has swept us all.”
He admitted “the need not to create panic” however, “the message of the danger of what is happening” is not reaching people.
Professor Mohamed Abu Hilal who is quarantined in Bresica, north Italy has said the NHS needs to prepare now for “beds, ventilators, antivirals, doctors and nurses” after witnessing what is happening in Italy.
He estimates that are at least 50,000 to 100,000 of coronavirus across the country, which is the worst affected country in western Europe.
WHO director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hit out at Boris Johnson on Friday after he announced only the most seriously ill will be tested, whilst others who notice symptoms encouraged to self-isolate for 14 days.
Dr Ghebreyesus said, “You can’t fight a virus if you don’t know where it is.”