Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Italy records smaller increase in virus cases for 2nd day

Italy records smaller increase in virus cases for 2nd day

The region of Lombardy remains the hotbed of the virus in Italy, with the majority of deaths and almost a half of the nation's cases originating there.

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has risen by 651 to 5,476, officials said on Sunday, an increase of 13.5% but down from Saturday's figure when some 793 people died.

In what it's hoped will become a positive trend, Italy has reported a drop in Covid-19-related fatalities for a second consecutive day. Earlier this month, the World Health Organization declared Europe the new epicenter of the outbreak as new cases in China stalled.

As in the previous days, the ISS chief also warned that a crucial goal for national authorities and the health system remain to be avoiding the dynamics of strong circulation of the virus seen in the northern regions "reproduced in the South". Woe to whoever lets down the guard, " Health Minister Roberto Speranza said of Monday's numbers. "Now, more than ever, the commitment of everyone is needed".

A top government health official, Silvio Brusaferro, resisted being too optimistic, saying that the improvements registered today were due to actions taken at the beginning of the month, not in recent days.

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Mr Andrews said the restrictions will run until April 13, but expected them to run for much longer. Victorian schools were closed from today, despite those in other states remaining open.

The crisis has already claimed the lives of 18 doctors in Europe's worst-hit country, with Cuban news agency Prensa Latina reporting that 36 doctors, 15 graduate nurses and a logistics specialist from the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade had been sent to a field hospital in Crema in Lombardy to bolster local resources. Over 100,000 people have recovered, including almost 60,000 in China and more than 7,000 in Italy. There were 3,204 people in intensive care against a previous 3,009. In the Lombardy region, where the outbreak began, there are even more stringent restrictions.

"There were 1,028 new confirmed infected cases in the past 24 hours. and 7,913 people have recovered", said Kianush Jahanpur.

"Another lovely signal concerns the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized (in ordinary wards), which is now 9,266, against 9,439 in the previous is the first time", Gallera stressed.

The northern region requisitioned a hotel with 300 rooms for people who need to self-quarantine and are unable to properly distance themselves from family members at home.

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