NEWS
Saturday April 4 2020
Coronavirus deaths and ICU cases drop

There were 681 deaths from coronavirus over the last 24 hours in Italy, a definite drop in numbers, and for the first time the number of people in intensive care has fallen by 74.

Experts have said that Italy reached a plateau in the pandemic and numbers should begin to fall.

That seems to be the case, as 681 deaths were registered since Friday, compared to 762 deaths from the previous day.

Even more important, the number of people in intensive care has for the first time dropped, with -74 over the last 24 hours.

This not only means the rate of improvement is growing, but also it is freeing up valuable places and resources to help those in need.

The total death toll in just over a month is now 15,362, with 20,996 who have recovered from the illness.

There are 29,010 people in hospital with symptoms, of which 3,994 are in intensive care, plus another 55,270 who are self-isolating at home.

Among the dead is 52-year-old Giorgio Guastamacchia, who was a member of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s bodyguards and had been ill since mid-March.

Lombardy is the epicentre and the figures have stabilised there too, albeit still running painfully high at 345 deaths over the last 24 hours, taking the total in the region to 8,656.

Another 1,598 tested positive there, taking the overall regional tally to 49,118.

With this in mind, a new decree from the governor of the Lombardy assembly Attilio Fontana orders people to wear protective masks whenever they go outside from Sunday.

It is nearing Easter weekend and the bright weather is tempting more people to take their daily exercise in the open air.

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