Italian death toll overtakes China’s as virus spreads

Medical personnel at work in the intensive care unit of the hospital of Brescia, Italy, Thursday. Italy has become the country with the most coronavirus-related deaths, surpassing China by registering 3,405 dead. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

Spanish UME (Emergency Army Unit) soldiers disinfect the terminal one to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the airport of Barcelona, Spain, Thursday. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Susan Stroud screens a customer at a Witham Health Services drive-through Community Viral Screening center, Thursday. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Veterinarian Eva Martinez feeds lemurs during a daily check up at the Madrid Zoo, Spain, Thursday. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

ROME — Italy’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak eclipsed China’s on Thursday as the scourge extended its march across the West, where the United States and other countries increasingly enlisted the military and improvised at every turn to get ready for an onslaught of patients.