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Italy flattens the curve as daily rise in Corona Virus cases falls to lowest rates

Date Added: April 01, 2020 01:28:16 AM
Author: Sutra Web Directory
Category: Regional: Italy

Italy is Europe's epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with more than 97,600 cases of COVID-19, including 10,779 deaths, according to the latest figures released Sunday by the Italian ministry.

However, the outbreak in Italy has shown signs of slowing, with the lowest daily rise in infections since officials began tracking cases after the country's first reported death on February 21, authorities confirmed on Sunday

The virus, which was first detected in the city of Wuhan in China's Hubei province, has spread to more than 741,000 people, 82,200 of whom are in China. Over 143,500 cases are in the U.S., which now has more confirmed cases than any other country, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

Over 156,800 people have recovered from infection, including nearly 76,000 in China, while more than 35,000 people have died. Beijing says the outbreak has been largely contained in China, with more cases reported outside the country than within.

While Italy continues to be battered with new cases, including 756 new deaths reported on Sunday, the daily rise in infections has reportedly slowed to 5.6 percent since February 21, Italian officials confirmed.

The country also saw its lowest daily rise in new cases since Wednesday, reporting a total number of 97,689 confirmed cases on Sunday, up from 92,472 previously, a 5,217 increase.

Italian officials reported on Sunday that 13,030 patients had fully recovered from COVID-19, while 3,906 being treated in intensive care.

It's worth noting that most Italian media cite "change in active cases" as their number of new cases in their reporting. The "change in active cases" is actually devised by the following formula: The number of newly infected cases minus the number of new deaths minus the number of new recoveries, the Protezione Civile (Italian civil protection agency) clarified at a press conference earlier this month. So the actual number of new cases in the country may be higher than the number reported as "newly infected" by Italian media.

A virologist from the University of Milan, Fabrizio Pregliasco, told Italy's Il Corriere della Sera newspaper: "We are witnessing a slowdown [of the outbreak]."

"It is not plateau yet, but it is a good sign," he added.

The current lockdown in place across the country was due to officially end on April 3 but it is likely to be extended. A final decision is expected to be made in the coming days.

"The measures expiring on April 3 will inevitably be extended," regional affairs minister, Francesco Boccia, told Italy's Sky TG24 television.

"I think that, at the moment, talking about re-opening is inappropriate and irresponsible," he added.

~ Via Newsweek