There were another 610 deaths in Italy from coronavirus over the last 24 hours, but the number of people in intensive care fell yet again by 88.
It is an increase of fatalities compared to the day before, when the tally had been 542, but these fluctuations are to be expected and the total death toll is now 18,279.
The downward trend in new cases (1,615) and above all the increase in people able to emerge from hospital with a full recovery (1,979) continues to show promise.
The number of people in intensive care has dropped from 3,693 yesterday to 3,605 today, freeing up 88 beds.
That’s a third consecutive day with a drop of intensive care cases, meaning that equipment and staff are not so overwhelmed by the peak of the pandemic, therefore allowing them to devote more resources to individual patients.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has implied he could extend the lockdown measures in Italy for another 14 days, allowing some to go back to work in late April/early May.
There is blanket testing going on in the country now, aiding those in self-isolation, as 853,369 tests have been performed since the outbreak of the crisis.
Of those tests, 46,244 were over the last 24 hours.
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