As COVID-19 deaths steady, Italy's health minister eyes next phase

Clay Curtis
April 6, 2020

Officials also reported the first decline in the number of non-critical COVID-19 patients receiving hospital care.

The count from the world's deadliest pandemic reached 15,887, almost a quarter of the worldwide death count; however, the rise of 525 from a day earlier was the smallest day by day increase since March 19, whereas the variety of patients in badly stretched intensive care items dropped for a second day running.

Of those infected, 28,949 are hospitalised with symptoms and 3,977 are in intensive care.

The country of 60 million came to be initially the Western freedom to willingly closed down almost all organisations and also prohibit public celebrations- consisting of straightforward strolls in the park- on March 12.

But the hit to the Italian economy will be enormous.

The country s big business lobby Confindustria estimates that this year s production will shrink by six percent if the lockdown remains in place until the end of May.

Conte's government is expected Monday to announce new emergency support measures for small businesses and families that expand on a 25 billion euro ($27 billion) program unveiled last month.

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As of Sunday, there have been 128,948 positive tests of coronavirus (+4,316), with 91,246 of them now active (+2,972).

The second phase of Italy s battle against the pandemic represents an easing that no Western nation has tried since the virus spread from China to Europe in February.

It shows figures from the Italian health authorities on Monday.

"But we should not let our guard down", he warned.

Italy's health minister outlined plans on Sunday for broader testing and beefed-up health services as part of a package of measures that would follow a future easing of the country's coronavirus lockdown. "If we're not rigorous we risk throwing away all the efforts we've made", Speranza said in separate comments to the Corriere della Sera daily.

In total 691,461 people have been tested, 128,948 of whom have been diagnosed with Covid-19.

It is also unclear whether people with antibodies can still spread the disease.

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