The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has grown by 602 to 6,077, the head of the Civil Protection Agency said yesterday, the smallest rise in numerical terms since Thursday, suggesting a clear downward trend.
This is the second highest record of deaths in a single day in Italy, following the 793 deaths recorded on Saturday (21st March 2020).
"It is credible to estimate that there are 10 positive cases for every one officially reported", Angelo Borrelli, the head of the national Civil Protection Agency, told Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
The total number of confirmed cases in Italy rose to 74,386 from a previous 69,176, the Civil Protection Agency said.
6,600 new cases of Covid-19 were also recorded.
"Too many people are arriving in hospitals late and in grave condition, requiring intubation in intensive care units", Gori said, adding that more than 300 people died last week in Bergamo region alone.
After four weeks of steep increases in deaths and cases, the growth rate has eased since Sunday, raising hopes that the most aggressive phase of the contagion might be over.
Nearby France and Spain have also implemented strict lockdowns as CCP virus cases in the two respective countries continue to rise.
All businesses deemed nonessential will have to remain closed until April 3, Conte said.
However, Conte denied planning to keep the lockdown in place until that date, saying he hoped to loosen curbs "well before then".
Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri told parliament he expected a contraction of "a few percentage points".
As the nation faces a shortage of medical supplies, Veneto Governor Luca Zaia ordered the confiscation of ventilators at veterinary surgeries for converting them for human use.
Italy has borne the brunt of the outbreak in Europe, and earlier on Tuesday Antonio Misiani, Gualtieri's deputy minister, said the only acceptable conditionality should be that the ESM cash is used "to manage the health and economic emergency".