Italy exceeds 30,000 death mark

epa08409871 Passengers wearing face masks keep a minimum distance between each other as they travel with the subway in Milan, northern Italy, during phase 2 of the coronavirus emergency, 08 May 2020. Italy entered the second phase of its coronavirus emergency on 04 May with the start of the gradual relaxation of the lockdown measures that have been in force for 55 days. EPA-EFE/MOURAD BALTI TOUATI

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The number of cases of coronavirus in Italy has now reached 217,187, with an increase of 1,327 new cases on Friday. Actual cases have gone down to 87,961. During the past 24 hours, 243 persons lost their lives taking the country’s tally to 30,201.

The Lombardy region registered another relatively high new case count, at 609, while 94 people have died. The prosperous Northern region has contributed, on its own, to a total of 80,723 cases and practically half the deaths in the country.

The contagion factor, known as the R-factor, has gone down to below 1, according to the President of the Superior Health Institute, Silvio Brusaferro, and is now ranging between 0.5 and 0.7.

With Phase 2 now in its fifth day, Italian media has reported increasing traffic on the roads of the main cities, including Rome. In the capital, public transport is operating at 50% capacity. In the key stations, the number of passengers in transit is registering daily increases but no significant queues or gatherings have been recorded so far.

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