Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Italy virus cases 10 times higher than reported, Repubblica says

Italy virus cases 10 times higher than reported, Repubblica says

The latest official figures to be reported out of Italy state the death toll has risen to 6077, with the tally of cases in the country reaching nearly 64,000. Latest figures show 6,077 people have died from the infection in barely a month, making Italy the worst-affected country in the world, with close to double the number of fatalities in China, where the virus emerged previous year.

The death toll rose by 743 on Tuesday, the second highest daily tally since the outbreak emerged in northern regions on Feb 21, and up steeply from the 602 recorded on Monday.

Health authorities, however, warned that it was still too early to confirm a decreasing trend in the ongoing pandemic.

Italy has been anxious to see the day-to-day figures for new cases and deaths go down as its health system struggles under the weight of the world's largest Covid-19 outbreak outside of China.

The number of recoveries had also increased, with 408 more people cured by Monday, reaching a total of 7,432.

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The 3.30 minute clip shares dozens of messages from scared Italian people saying things like: "we took it lightly" and urging their previous selves to: "stay at home".

However, it appears that the nationwide lockdown in Italy that was enforced for over two weeks now have seems to have had a positive impact on the rate of Covid-19 infections in the nation, as new infections reported in Italy since Monday (23rd March 2020) and Tuesday (24th March 2020) have only risen by 8% respectively.

Among countries that have sent medical materials and experts were also Cuba and Venezuela.

Italy reported 601 new deaths from the coronavirus on Monday, posting a decline for a second day, as the country enters its third week of lockdown measures created to keep the spread of the disease in check. More than 60 per cent of the latest deaths reportedly occurred in the northern region of Lombardy, where the hospitals are flooded with patients that have left intensive care beds hard to find and respirators in dire supply.

"Another attractive 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.

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