Deaths in Italy at lowest for more than two weeks

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Near 16 000 people died from COVID – 19 in Italy, the most bereaved country in the world, according to official figures.

(Rome) The number of coronavirus deaths officially recorded in 24 hours in Italy (525) is the lowest for more than two weeks, civil defense announced on Sunday.

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This represents a drop of a quarter of deaths compared to Saturday (681). You have to go back to 19 March to find a weaker balance sheet (427).

Near 16 000 people died from COVID – 19 in Italy, the most bereaved country in the world, according to official figures.

“The curve has started to descend,” said the boss of the Higher Institute of Health, Silvio Brusaferro. The decline in the death toll “is very important,” he said.

“If these data are confirmed, we will have to think about phase 2” of the plan to restart Italy, which provides for a resumption of part of the productive activity of the third European economy.

This phase 2 has been described by the authorities as a period of “cohabitation” with the virus.

These results are “won over day after day and it is important to maintain the measures that made the curve decrease,” he said, however.

For almost four weeks, the 60 millions of Italians are subject to a strict attack on their freedoms, with a ban on rallies, drastic limitation of travel and considerable slowdown in economic activity.

As a sign that the battle is not yet won, the Italian health services have counted near 3000 additional infected people in recent years 24 hours.