Italy : 174 dead in 24 hours, lowest balance since the first day of the containment

Italie : 174 morts en 24 heures, plus faible bilan depuis le premier jour du confinement

ROME | Italy has announced Sunday the deaths in the 24 hours of 174 patients for the coronavirus, the lowest number since the first day of the confinement of the country, which should be lighter on Monday.

The prime minister, Giuseppe Conte had announced the containment of nationalism in the night of 9 to 10 march, explaining that 60 million Italians that the extension to the whole territory of this measure is ordered two days earlier for the North, was the only way to stem the pandemic.

It has killed nearly 29,000 people on the peninsula, according to official figures.

The figures show a mastery of the contagion for the past several weeks, and illustrate a pressure lean on the hospital system.

They encouraged the authorities to reduce the confinement of the population to revive an economy brought to its knees by the disease.

But this opening remains very cautious : no shops, no bars or restaurants, telework encouraged, not meeting family even if it will be possible to go to see his family living in the same area, social distancing maintained including transport, no gathering, no picnic at the park…

According to Giuseppe Conte, 4.4 million employees, however, should find the way to work. It will also be possible to be away from home for walks, cycling or some physical exercise.

But health authorities have consistently repeated to the Italians that a second wave is to be feared if they do not maintain their efforts.

“I implore you, do not lower the guard,” has pleaded Saturday the head of the crisis cell, Domenico Arcuri, who speaks of the ” relative freedom “. “It depends on you,” he continued.

All the figures confirm that the contagion is for the moment under control, with the lowest number of intensive care patients (1 501) since 13 march, and a number of patients surveyed on the point to pass under the symbolic threshold of 100 000, which had been reached on April 11.

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