Death toll in Italy lowest since March 9

Thermal cameras monitors are used to check the body temperature of passengers at Fiumicino airport, near Rome, Italy, 15 April 2020 (reissued 16 May 2020). Italy's government signed a decree on 15 May allowing travel to and from the country starting 03 June 2020, amid a gradual easing of coronavirus lockdown measures. Quarantine will no longer be mandatory for EU citizens traveling to Italy from EU countries. EPA-EFE/EMANUELE VALERI

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The daily toll of deaths in Italy fell to 153 on Saturday, its lowest since March 9, against 242 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases increased to 875 from 789 on Friday.

58 of these deaths happened in Lombardy.

The total death toll since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 now stands at 31,763 the agency said, the third highest in the world after those of the United States and Britain.

The number of confirmed cases amounts to 224,760, the fifth highest global tally behind those of the United States, Spain, Britain and Russia.

People registered as currently carrying the illness fell to 70,187 from 72,070 the day before.

There were 775 people in intensive care on Saturday, down from 808 on Friday, maintaining a long-running decline. Of those originally infected, 122,810 were declared recovered against 120,205 a day earlier.

The agency said a total of 1.900 million people had been tested for the virus as of Saturday, against 1.859 million on Friday, out of a population of around 60 million.

Reuters / Tgcom

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