Wednesday May 27 2020
COVID-19 deaths and cases rise slightly

The number of deaths and new positive COVID-19 tests climbed over the last 24 hours in Italy, over half in Lombardy, but the overall active cases fell by 1,976.

There are some concerns that the figures took a step back up after several days of constantly falling.

There were 117 deaths registered since yesterday, a leap from Tuesday’s 78, and took the total to 33,072.

Worryingly, the number of new positive cases also surged from 397 to 584.

Lombardy remains a serious problem, because of the 584 new cases, 384 of them were in that region.

It was also responsible for 58 of the latest 117 deaths, taking the region’s total death toll to 15,954 – almost half of the entire country’s fatalities.

There are now 505 patients in intensive care (-16), 7,729 in hospital (-188) and 42,732 currently self-isolating at home with minor symptoms (-1,772).

The overall currently active cases in Italy fell by 1,976 to 50,966.

Out of 67,324 tests performed since Tuesday, there were 584 new cases (0.87 per cent).

There is some positive news from Sicily, where the province of Trapani became the first to declare 28 consecutive days without any new COVID-19 cases.

Crotone in Calabria are set to follow, currently 27 days without cases.

The Lazio region registered just 11 new cases over the last 24 hours and eight deaths.

Out of 21 regions reporting their coronavirus statistics, 18 had under 20 new cases over the last 24 hours.

The outliers remain Lombardy (384), Piedmont (73) and Liguria (39).

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