Italy, which registered its first coronavirus-related death in late February, is the country with the highest number of deaths
The progression of the coronavirus in Italy continued to slow timidly this Sunday, for the third consecutive day, according to the last official balance, which accounted for 10,779 deaths and 97,689 cases.
“Unfortunately today we register 756 new deaths. The number of persons healed is 13,030,” announced the head of civil protection Angelo Borrelli in his daily press conference with the balance of the situation in the country.
The number of new positive cases (+5,217) fell 5.6% in 24 hours. This drop was -6.9% on Saturday and -7.4% on Friday, reported AFP.
Another positive sign: the number of people hospitalized with symptoms only increased slightly (+710, from a total of 27,386), as well as the number of patients in intensive care (+50, for a total of 3,906). The same trend was registered in Lombardy (north), the most affected region, where the number of people in intensive care fell to 1,328 (+9).
Italy, which registered its first coronavirus-related death in late February, is the country with the highest number of deaths.
The government continues to prepare the population for an extension of the containment measures. Italians are prohibited from leaving home, except for basic necessities (work or health) and all non-essential economic activities are suspended until April 3.
“The measures that were to be in force until April 3 will inevitably be prolonged,” Regional Affairs Minister Francesco Boccia said on Sunday.
“I think talking about reopening today would be inappropriate and irresponsible. We all want to go back to normal but we will flip the switches one after the other.”
According to the Italian media, the return to normality will be done progressively, starting with the industrial activity of those companies that can guarantee satisfactory security conditions, and ending with establishments that involve a high concentration of people, such as bars, restaurants , swimming pools, gyms or schools.
Meanwhile, the big cities remain deserted, as witnessed by images filmed on Sunday by AFPTV journalists, where, for example, the Spanish Steps in Rome appear almost without a soul.
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