LATEST: Number of new coronavirus cases in Italy drops below 3,000

LATEST: Number of new coronavirus cases in Italy drops below 3,000
The Terme di Caracalla baths in Rome are lit with the colours of the Italian flag. Photo: Andreas Aolaro/AFP
Italy reported fewer than 3,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the previous 24 hours, the slowest daily increase in weeks, as the number of people hospitalised with the new coronavirus continues to fall.

Italy confirmed 2,972 new cases in the past day, the Civil Protection department announced on Tuesday evening, compared to 3,153 in the preceding 24 hours.

The rate at which cases are increasing day on day is now at just 1.9 percent, its lowest since Italy's outbreak began.

The country has now recorded a total of 162,488 cases since start of the outbreak, 21,067 of them fatal.

Another 602 people died in the past 24 hours, an increase from 566 the day before.

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Yet while deaths remain high, the pressure on Italian hospitals continues to ease. The number of people in intensive care fell by another 74 to 3,186, while patients in non-intensive care dropped by 12 to 28,011.

A total of 104,291 people are currently positive for the virus in Italy (+675 in the past 24 hours), while 37,130 have already recovered (+1,695).

Two Italian regions reported no new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday: Basilicata and Molise, which has now recorded no new infections for two days in a row.

Meanwhile Umbria reported just one new case in the past 24 hours.

With another four deaths confirmed in the past day, at least 116 doctors in Italy have died since contracting the new coronavirus.

More than 16,000 healthcare workers have tested positive, according to the national Higher Health Institute (ISS). 


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