Italy registers strong increase in recoveries while new cases dip again

moment of preparations for the reopening in Cafè 'Gambrinus' in Naples during phase two of the coronavirus emergency, Italy, 14 May 2020. Several countries around the world have started to ease COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in an effort to restart their economies and help people in their daily routines after the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. EPA-EFE/CIRO FUSCO

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Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy fell to 242 on Friday, against 262 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases dipped to 789 from 992 on Thursday. On the other hand, there was a significant increase of more than 4,900 recoveries in one day.

The country’s tally now stands at 31,610 the agency said, the third highest in the world after those of the United States and Britain.

The number of confirmed cases amounts to 223,885, the fifth highest global tally behind those of the United States, Spain, Britain and Russia.

The number of active cases has gone to 72,070 from 76,440 the day before.

There were 808 people in intensive care on Friday, down from 855 on Thursday, maintaining a long-running decline. Of those originally infected, 120,205 were declared recovered against 115,228 a day earlier.

As reported earlier, Italy is set to allow free travel across the country from June 3, according to a draft decree seen by Reuters on Friday, as the government moves to unwind the coronavirus lockdown and revive the battered economy.

Rigid restrictions were imposed on Italy in March in an effort to halt the disease and with the death rate now falling, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is rolling back the curbs.

The draft decree, which could still be modified before it is approved, also said all travel within separate Italian regions would be allowed from May 18.

Reuters / Tgcom

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