Italy coronavirus deaths rise by 743 in a day

Italy COVID-19 Deaths 651 in a Day, Total 5476

Over 59,138 Covid-19 cases in Italy, death toll rises to 5,476

In the last 24 hours, 743 people have died in Italy from the Chinese coronavirus, bringing the nation's total death toll from the virus to 6,820 on Tuesday, up from 6,077 on Monday - an increase of 12.2 percent in one day.

That would raise the total number to over 600,000, the newspaper reported.

The death toll rose by 743 on Tuesday, the second highest daily tally since the outbreak emerged in northern regions on February 21, and up steeply from the 602 recorded on Monday. However, health officials are resisting the temptation to be too optimistic.

A health expert has hit out at comparisons between the United Kingdom and Italy's death rates from coronavirus, claiming they are "not useful".

"I am looking carefully and favorably at such numbers, but I do not want yet to commit myself to saying whether this is a trend or not", he stressed, adding that this week would be crucial for evaluating the trends.

"The main drivers of the outbreak remain Europe, but also the US. In the next few hours we will see if the growth curve is really starting to flatten", he said. It is believed that as the testing for the disease has been limited to the people seeking hospital care, thousands of cases have certainly gone undetected.

Borrelli believes that the total number of confirmed cases in Italy is almost 640,000. Latest figures show 6,077 people have died from the infection in barely a month, making Italy the worst-affected country in the world, with close to double the number of fatalities in China, where the virus emerged a year ago.

Among countries that have sent medical materials and experts were also Cuba and Venezuela.

The hardest-hit northern region of Lombardy remained in a critical situation, with 3,456 deaths and 27,206 cases against a previously given 3,095 and 25,515 respectively.

Lombardy's regional authorities also reported slight positive signals on Monday, yet sounding cautious as well.

Italy's daily COVID-19 death toll shot back up today, but more evidence emerged that the coronavirus infection rate is slowing thanks to a painful national lockdown.

"Another attractive signal concerns the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized (in ordinary wards), which is now 9,266, against 9,439 in the previous is the first time", Gallera stressed. The initial restrictions placed on the northern epicentre of the pandemic around Milan expired on March 22, and the national measures are set to end on March 25.

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