Italy Sees Lowest Daily Coronavirus Death Toll in Nearly 1 Month
The number of patients in intensive care in Italy has been declining for nine days in a row.
Italy registered a total of 431 coronavirus fatalities on Sunday, which is the lowest daily death toll in the country in nearly one month, since March 19.
The number is down from 619 new coronavirus deaths announced in the previous 24-hour period.
At the same time, the growth of new registered cases was also lower, with 4,092 new cases, compared with 4,694 the day before, the Italian Civil Protection Agency announced, as cited by Reuters.
Italy’s total death toll in the coronavirus outbreak so far tallies at 19,899, the worst in Europe, and the second worst in the world after the United States.
The number of officially confirmed cases climbed to 156,363, the third highest global tally behind those of the United and Spain.
Also on Sunday, Italy saw the ninth consecutive day of decline in the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care – 3,343, down from 3,381 on Saturday.
The number of recovered patients has surpassed 34,000, up from over 32,000 a day earlier.
At the end of last week, Italy’s main doctors’ association announced that one hundred Italian doctors have died of the coronavirus since the country was hit by the pandemic in February.
The association estimates that medics make up about 10% of the total number of coronavirus patients in the country.
“The number of doctors who have died because of COVID-19 is 100 — perhaps even 101 at the moment, unfortunately,” a spokesperson for the association, known as the FNOMCeO, told AFP, as cited by France24.
“We can no longer allow our doctors, our health workers, to be sent to fight without any protection against the virus. It is an unfair fight,” the association’s president Filippo Anelli said on its website.
Italian media reports estimate that 30 nurses and nursing assistants have also died of Covid-19.
Hard-hit Italy was the first European country to shut down almost all business activity on March 12 because of the virus.
The Italian government is now weighing how and when to ease social distancing measures that have so far been extended until April 13.
(Banner image: TV grab from France24)