Wednesday April 8 2020
Italy COVID numbers continue to improve

The latest figures from the Italian Government are increasingly reassuring, with another drop in deaths (552), new cases (1,195), intensive care requirements and a significant increase in people recovering.

Experts have said Italy reached the peak of the pandemic last week and, after a plateau where the figures were stable, they have now begun a definite downward trajectory.

Today’s press conference confirmed 552 deaths over the last 24 hours, compared to 604 on Tuesday, taking the total number to 17,669.

The best news comes from the hospitals, where another 99 intensive care beds were freed up by people being discharged from those high-dependency wards.

A further 233 were released from hospital entirely and another 2,099 were declared free of the illness, so in total 26,491 patients have made a full recovery.

There are still 63,084 people in self-isolation with symptoms who do not require hospital care.

The opening of a new laboratory has also allowed Italy to ramp up the testing, with 51,680 tests performed over the last 24 hours alone.

Since the crisis began just over a month ago, 807,125 tests have been taken, with 139,422 of those positive.

Italy are now preparing to move towards phase 2 of the pandemic, which is an easing on travel restrictions.

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