According to the most recent numbers from John Hopkins University, the number of confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases around the world has now hit 222,642, with a global death toll of 9,115.

Italy has become one of the worst-hit areas in the world, with 35,713 confirmed cases in the country, and a death toll of 2,978.

Upsetting footage from Bergamo (northeast of Milan), shows a convoy of military trucks driving through the streets overnight, as they transported caskets from the town’s funeral services to neighboring cities.

Per the Metro, an army spokesperson confirmed that 15 trucks and 50 soldiers had been deployed to move bodies to neighboring provinces.

According to the Daily Mail, Italian media said there were roughly 70 caskets in the last night’s procession – as the bodies were taken from the crematorium to the highway and out of Bergamo.

The caskets are reported being transported to crematoriums in Modena, Acqui Terme, Domodossola, Parma, Piacenza, and several other cities.

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Speaking to The Independent, Lucia Ferrante, a resident of Bergamo said: “Seeing the street behind your house invaded by army vehicles is a sight that is bound to have an effect on you. It’s something that makes you realize that things you thought were far away can really happen to you.”

On Twitter, many Italians shared pictures of the trucks explaining the desperate situation Bergamo and other areas in the country were facing – as well as warnings to others to heed advice regarding social distancing.

One Twitter user wrote: “These army trucks carry bodies out of the city of Bergamo #Italy, the ground zero of #COVID19 in my home country. To all my contacts: please don’t underestimate it and keep #SocialDistancing. #workingfromhome is no fun but we must #FlattenTheCurve”.