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Italy’s daily coronavirus toll falls, but infections rise

Swabbed in street: A woman is tested by medical staff in Rome PICTURE: REUTERS

THE death toll in Italy climbed by 727 yesterday — the lowest daily tally in a week.

But the number of new cases rose sharply with 4,782 infections recorded against 4,053 the day before, reported the Civil Protection Agency.

In total, 13,155 people have died from Covid-19 in Italy. The country has registered more deaths than any other and accounts for around 30 per cent of all fatalities globally.

Health bosses have recorded 110,574 coronavirus cases since the outbreak first came to light on February 21.

Some 16,847 patients have fully recovered but 4,035 remain in intensive care units.

In Lombardy, the epicentre of the country’s outbreak, the daily tally of deaths and confirmed cases were both up, reversing the recent trend.

Italy was the first Western country to introduce regulations — with the total lockdown in place more than three weeks — and the government has indicated it could extend restrictions until at least the middle of this month.

Meanwhile, another £8.75billion to support the economy, businesses and workers is reportedly set to be approved by ministers.

Rome approved a £22billion bailout last month, including £4.3billion in guarantees for bank loans and liquidity for businesses and households.

But as the eurozone’s third largest economy struggles to keep individuals and businesses afloat, the government is now planning a second emergency decree ‘to free up resources of at least €500billion (£434billion)’, economy minister Roberto Gualtieri said in an interview with newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano yesterday.