Italy Reports 63,927 Coronavirus Cases, Death Toll At 6,077

Nellie Chapman
March 25, 2020

There now at least 407,405 Covid 19 cases worldwide and 18,227 people have died.

Newly released data from Italy's Civil Protection revealed that the country's death toll has gone from 6,077 deaths on Monday to 6,820 on Tuesday, as well as from 63,919 confirmed cases on Monday to 69,176 on Tuesday.

After four weeks of steep increases in deaths and cases, the growth rate has eased since Sunday, raising hopes that the most aggressive phase of the contagion might be over.

As of yesterday (24th March 2020), over 743 deaths were reported in Italy, bringing the national total now to 6,820 deaths as a result of Covid-19.

Health authorities have said it will be a few more days before they will know if Italy is at the beginning of a positive trend.

Civil Protection Service chief Angelo Borrelli told La Repubblica newspaper, "A ratio of one certified case out of every 10 is credible".

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Reports also emerged that some hospitals in Italy are prioritizing the young and those without other underlying health problems for ventilator support.

Italian premier Giuseppe Conte announced the latest measures in a live-streamed address on 24 March, saying that those found on the streets without a legitimate reason to be out will now face fines of between €400 and €3,000, replacing the previous fine of €206.

Gualtieri's position is also different to that of some members of the ruling coalition in Rome, who do not want Italy to use the ESM at all, arguing it would saddle the country with long term debt that would be hard to repay.

The lockdown will stay in place till April 3. On Tuesday, the government also allowed itself the power to extend the deadline to July 31.

Investment bank Goldman Sachs forecast on Tuesday that the Italian economy, already teetering on recession before the outbreak hit, would shrink by more than 11% this year.

However, there has been pushback as workers in the metal, chemical, textile, rubber-plastic and paper industries plan to go on strike on Wednesday.

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