Coffins fill up 's churches and halls after the death toll soars by 969 in ...

The Italian Army has been brought in to ferry coffins out of Bergamo, Northern , as its morgue and its crematorium struggle to cope with the surge in fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic.  

Harrowing photos from the town show officers wearing protective hazmat suits as they work to store bodies in churches and halls.

It comes as 's Prime Minister today warned the European Union could 'lose its purpose' if it fails to respond strongly to coronavirus - after the country saw its worst spike in deaths to date.

Giuseppe Conte gave the stark statement as grim statistics revealed 969 more deaths yesterday, bringing the total to 9,134, up 11.9 per cent.

Italy's death toll increased by 969 yesterday, bringing the total to 9,134, the largest 24-hour increase in the country to date. Pictured: Army medical staff disinfect coffins being kept in a church near Bergamo, Italy

's death toll increased by 969 yesterday, bringing the total to 9,134, the largest 24-hour increase in the country to date. Pictured: Army medical staff disinfect coffins being kept in a church near Bergamo,

The Italian Army has been brought in to ferry coffins out of Bergamo, Northern Italy, as its morgue and its crematorium struggle to cope with the surge in fatalities

The Italian Army has been brought in to ferry coffins out of Bergamo, Northern , as its morgue and its crematorium struggle to cope with the surge in fatalities

Harrowing photos from the town show officers wearing protective hazmat suits as they work to store bodies in churches and halls

Harrowing photos from the town show officers wearing protective hazmat suits as they work to store bodies in churches and halls

Conte aired his grievances after the 27 EU leaders could not agree on an action plan during an argumentative six-hour video conference Thursday and gave their finance ministers two more weeks to forge a policy that could please and Spain.

The two countries hardest-hit by the pandemic blocked Thursday's statement because it did not go far enough.

The crux of the argument is about the extent to which the EU - facing what views as an existential threat - should abandon its policy of keeping within tight budget constraints.

The bloc has already untied its purse strings in ways not seen since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis. 

A priest blesses the coffins of the deceased inside the church of San Giuseppe in Seriate, Italy

A priest blesses the coffins of the deceased inside the church of San Giuseppe in Seriate,

Giuseppe Conte today warned the European Union could 'lose its purpose' if it fails to respond strongly to coronavirus - after the country saw its worst spike in deaths to date

Giuseppe Conte today warned the European Union could 'lose its purpose' if it fails to respond strongly to coronavirus - after the country saw its worst spike in deaths to date

Conte aired his grievances after the 27 EU leaders could not agree on an action plan during an argumentative six-hour video conference Thursday (pictured while taking part in the conference)

Conte aired his grievances after the 27 EU leaders could not agree on an action plan during an argumentative six-hour video conference Thursday (pictured while taking part in the conference)

Conte argues that this is not enough.

and Madrid want the EU to start issuing 'corona bonds' - a form of common debt that governments sell on markets to raise money and address individual economic needs.

More spendthrift nations such as Germany and the Netherlands are balking at the idea of joint debt.

Conte said he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had 'not just a disagreement but a hard a frank confrontation' Thursday about how to proceed.

The crux of the argument is about the extent to which the EU - facing what Italy views as an existential threat - should abandon its policy of keeping within tight budget constraints

The crux of the argument is about the extent to which the EU - facing what views as an existential threat - should abandon its policy of keeping within tight budget constraints

'If Europe does not rise to this unprecedented challenge, the whole European structure loses its raison d'etre (reason for existing) to the people,' Conte told the Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper.

The entire eurozone is expected to slip into a recession over the coming months.

But is facing the threat of a near economic collapse after being the first European

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