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in Italy, an increasingly heavy balance sheet, but encouraging signs

According to the assessment given Monday evening by the Italian authorities, the epidemic has already killed more than 11,500 people in the country. But the increase in new positive cases has never been lower.

Italy remains to this day the country in the world most bereaved by the pandemic of coronavirus. Health authorities also announced, Monday, March 30, a heavy daily toll of 812 dead in the past 24 hours. This brings the total number of deaths in the country to more than 11,500.

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But there are encouraging signs, say the authorities. For example, the increase in new positive cases has never been lower, with an increase of only 4%. It is half as much as four days ago (8.3%) and four times less than a fortnight ago.

Above all, for the first time since the start of the pandemic in Italy, the number of people currently positive in Lombardy, the region most affected, has decreased (25,006 against 25,392 Sunday), even if this decrease will have to be repeated to draw a solid trend.

Furthermore, the number of people considered cured in the whole country (1,590) has never been so high in a daily report. “We can hope to reach the peak in seven or ten days, then, reasonably, a decline in contagion”, said Vice Minister of Health Pierpaolo Sileri on Monday morning.

“We are witnessing a flattening of the curve, there are not yet signs of descent but it is better. The important measures taken show their effects”, welcomed Silvio Brusaferro, boss of the Higher Institute of Health. But he called for continued efforts to confirm this trend. “We must respect the measures of the government and be very careful about the isolation of the positives or their relatives”, he insisted.

Precisely, it is not yet tomorrow that the sixty million Italians will find the freedom to circulate normally. The government announced Monday evening that the confinement put in place almost three weeks ago has been extended “at least until Easter”, that is to say until April 13.

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