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Italy records lowest coronavirus death toll in over three weeks

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Italy records lowest coronavirus death toll in over three weeks
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Italy on Sunday reported its lowest coronavirus death toll in more than three weeks, confirming trends showing that the Covid-19 outbreak in Europe's worst-hit nation had peaked.

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The 431 new deaths reported by Italian authorities were the lowest since March 19.

Italy's death total now stands at 19,899, officially second behind the United States.

Italy's civil protection authority told journalists that 1,984 more people have been confirmed as infected by the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of current infections up to 102,253.

The number of people in non-critical hospital care is also down.

"The pressure on our hospitals continues to ease," civil protection service chief Angelo Borrelli said.

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The curve for infections has been flattening over the past week but some experts believe the infections plateau could continue for a further 20 to 25 days before seeing a definitive decrease in numbers.

As of Sunday April 13th, there have been 156,363 coronavirus cases of in Italy.

The number of people who have recovered stands at 34,211.

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Anonymous 2020/04/13 09:27
I agree. Of all the data sets, the important one for me is how many NEW infections are confirmed. The death toll is the headline (as in the US and UK). However, it’s a decrease in new infections that gives a better indication of our situation.
Anonymous 2020/04/12 22:41
I mentioned this in a previous article and it seemed like local switched to using the correct numbers for a while but now I see they are back to this "adjusted" number reporting again. I guess it depends on the author. The 1677 number comes from the civil protection service counting the actual number of new cases (4092), and taking away from that the number of deceased (431) and the number of recovered (1677). so 4092 - 431-1677 = 1984. It is a stupid metric to use, it really doesn't tell us how good or bad things really are. For example,in a few more days when new cases and deaths continue to drop and recoveries increase, you can have a situation were 3000 new cases are recorded as NO NEW CASES because there was 300 deaths and 2700 recoveries. If people see there are no new cases they are not going to stick to the lock-down rules. As things stand, the civil protection service and the local are not even reporting half the actual numbers. And we complain about China's lack of transparency!
Anonymous 2020/04/12 19:21
Really don't understand how the new infections are calculated since the chart says 4092 new infections.<br />Also will be good to know the individual number of new recoveries per day.Checking yesterday's report it's clear if we do the math manually that the number stands at around 1677.

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