Italy’s death toll lowest in ten weeks

A demonstrator wearing a face mask and 'chained' with national flags takes part in a demonstration asking the government for long-term tax relief to cope with the economic crisis which has been exacerbated by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Piazza del Duomo square in Milan, northern Italy, 17 May 2020, during phase 2 of the coronavirus emergency. EPA-EFE/PAOLO SALMOIRAGO

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The daily death toll from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy fell to 145 on Sunday, the lowest since March 9, against 153 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases fell to to 675 from 875 on Saturday.

Today, the Government has announced further easing of restrictions to come into force over the next day, include the organisation of outdoor events up to 1,000 persons.

The total death toll in the country now stands at 31,908 the agency said, the third highest in the world after those of the United States and Britain.

The number of confirmed cases amounts to 225,435, the sixth highest global tally behind those of the United States, Spain, Britain, Russia and Brazil.

Active cases declined 68,351 from 70,187 the day before.

There were 762 people in intensive care on Sunday, down from 775 on Saturday, maintaining a long-running decline. Of those originally infected, 125,176 were declared recovered against 122,810 a day earlier.

The agency said a total of 1.933 million people had been tested for the virus as of Sunday, against 1.900 million on Saturday, out of a population of around 60 million.

Reuters / Tgcom

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