Italy coronavirus deaths stable but new cases increase again

A shop in downtown sells custom face masks during phase two of the coronavirus emergency, in Rome, Italy, 12 May 2020. EPA-EFE/MASSIMO PERCOSSI

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After a number of days during which the number of new cases of coronavirus in Italy declined, Italy registered an increase of 1,401, almost double Monday, taking the country’s tally to 221,216. However, the number of active cases continues to decrease (-1,222 today), while 172 persons died in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 30,911.

However, the Civil Protection noted that today’s new case update had included more than 400 cases from Lombardy which were omitted from counts taking place during the precedent days.

There were 952 people in intensive care on Tuesday, down from 999 on Monday, maintaining a long-running decline. Of those originally infected, 109,039 were declared recovered against 106,587 a day earlier.

The agency said 1.742 million people had been tested for the virus against 1.702 million on Monday, out of a population of around 60 million.

Meanwhile Italian media reported that Government is consulting with scientific experts on the possibility of re-opening schools in September, with facemasks being mandatory for all children aged six years and older, as well for all teachers and other school employees.

Reuters / Tgcom

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