Sunday March 29 2020
Coronavirus: Peak 'could be close'

As the number of daily deaths from coronavirus drops in Italy, the President of Lombardy says the peak of the pandemic could be close.

Lombardy is, by some distance, the region to be worst hit by COVID-19, but there could be some good news on the horizon.

That is because although 416 more Lombardy citizens have died from the virus in the last 24 hours, that is 126 less than yesterday.

Furthermore, there is a total of 1,592 new cases of coronavirus in Lombardy, compared to Saturday’s tally of 2,100.

"We should be very close to peaking,” said Attilio Fontana.

“Today, for the third day in a row, the numbers have remained constant. There is no longer the growth that has accompanied us in recent weeks.

“We have remained at the same level in terms of new infections. This, according to epidemiologists and statisticians, should be a prelude to a reduction in infections.

“Let’s not say it out loud, otherwise we risk failing the commitment of all Lombardy citizens to preventing the infection from continuing to spread, but I have one more hope, a hope supported by numbers.”

Another 756 people have died from COVID-19 since yesterday, which is less than the previous day’s tally of 889.

On the other hand, there has been less people recovering (+646 compared to +1,434) and more positive tests (+3,851 compared to +3,651) since yesterday.

There are now 97,689 cases of coronavirus on the peninsula, with 73,880 of those active (+3,815).         

Of that 73,880, 3,906 are in intensive care (+50) and 42,588 are in self-isolation (+3,005). A total of 13,030 have recovered (+646).

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