The number of deaths and infections around the world are likely far higher than government tallies suggest.
Italian health officials reported its deadliest day so far with 793 dead from the pandemic.
HuffPost reporters in Italy, France and Spain share their advice for coping.
The virus has infected more than 150,000 people worldwide and killed over 5,600.
People were deeply moved by the impromptu rendition by residents in Siena.
In a blink of an eye, my adopted home has gone from mild hypochondria to national panic, writes James Emmerson.
European country worst-hit by disease makes further crackdown.
“So be patient, you can’t go to the theatre, museums or the gym. Try to have pity on the myriad of old people you could exterminate," Dr. Daniele Macchini wrote.
Ban on public gatherings had been in place only in the north until new decree.
Weddings and funerals will also be banned; movie theaters, gyms and bars will be shut down until April 3.