VATICAN CITY (RNS) — One week into quarantine, one might think that a certain loneliness and desperation would set in among Italians and — based solely on the numbers — that would make sense.

More than 2,150 people have already died. The pressure put on the hospitals has increased the mortality rate of the virus from 2% to 9%.

Despite the strict measures enacted by the Italian government, the country had its deadliest day on Sunday, with 368 deaths due to the coronavirus. That number has added to the fear in the hearts of many Italians who hoped that their quarantined isolation would already yield results.

The few times I left my home to go to the supermarket, I found a deserted city. Every store

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