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Italians running out of food raid stores

Dire: Outside a shop in Palermo

DESPERATE families in southern Italy are organising supermarket break-ins on social media.

Police are guarding food stores in the Sicilian town of Palermo after the country’s death toll topped 10,000 — three times more than China’s.

Online videos show Italians complaining they have run out of money and food after the month-long lockdown was extended indefinitely.

One shows a penniless mother and son shouting at police outside a closed bank offering to show them their empty cupboards. Another has a father and his daughter with their last pieces of bread. ‘Rest assured, you will regret this because we’re going to have a revolution,’ he says.

Medics fear the death toll may be even higher than reported because people who die at home or in nursing homes are not included in the figures.

Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando told Sky News that ‘discomfort and malaise are growing and we are recording worrying reports of protest and anger that is being exploited by criminals who want to destabilise the system’.

He added: ‘The more time passes, the more resources are exhausted. The few savings people have are running out.’