Italy has registered 437 new deaths from the coronavirus in 24 hours, bringing total deaths to 25-085, according to the latest balance sheet published on Wednesday.
The number of ill persons, however, declined for the third consecutive day and now totals 107 699, which is ten less in 24 hours.
The number of patients in the intensive care unit (2 384, -87 24 hours) is at its lowest level since march 18.
These positive signals are emerging, while the government is preparing to activate the ” phase 2 “, which is aimed at reducing the drastic measures of containment in force since 9 march.
These measures expire on 3 may, and the government is discussing with the social partners and the regions for a graceful restart of economic activities.
The paralysis of recent weeks will lead to a decline of 9.1% of GDP in 2020, according to the international monetary Fund.
According to the Italian media, Rome plans for example to encourage telecommuting, and to restrict the meetings in favor of teleconferences, or limit the number of travellers in public transport.
The wearing of protective masks should be generalized, and the respect of the safety distance (1 or 2 meters, depending on the assumptions) is maintained.
“The masks must also be worn in the street: it is a condition sine qua non. Not to catch the coronavirus, it is necessary to use the mask (…) It is like driving a motorcycle without a helmet “, has said to the press, the president of the region of Veneto (North), Luca Zaia.
The three worst-hit regions of the peninsula remain the Lombardy region (North), with 69 092 cases and 12 740 dead, Emilia-Romagna (Centre-North, 23 434 cases and 3204 the dead), and Piedmont (North-West, 22 739 cases and 2559 dead).
The health professions have also paid a heavy price: 143 doctors are dead, according to the last balance sheet prepared by their professional federation, in addition to 34 nurses, according to their national federation.