Number of coronavirus patients in intensive care in Italy drops below 2,000

Number of coronavirus patients in intensive care in Italy drops below 2,000
A doctor and nurse embrace in an intensive care unit in Rome. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP
Fewer than 2,000 people remain in intensive care units in Italy with Covid-19, as new cases continue to slow and the pressure on Italian hospitals eases.

The number of coronavirus patients currently in intensive care fell by 53 on Monday to 1,956, according to official figures on Monday from the Civil Protection department, marking the first time in more than a month that the number has been under 2,000.

Of 105,813 people currently ill, 20,353 are receiving non-intensive hospital care and 83,504 are in self-isolation at home.

The number of people in hospital fell by more than 1,000 in total in the past 24 hours.

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Another 1,739 cases of the new coronavirus were confirmed in the past 24 hours, compared to 2,324 the previous day. The daily rate of increase stands at 0.9 percent.

In total at least 199,414 people in Italy have contracted the virus since the outbreak began, and 26,977 of them have died – more than anywhere else in Europe and second only to the United States.

Another 333 people died in the past 24 hours, an increase from 260 the day before.

The total includes at least 151 doctors, according to the FNOMCeO health association.

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A total of 66,624 people have so far recovered from the virus in Italy, including 1,696 in the past 24 hours.

The regions of Basilicata and Molise reported no new cases on Monday, while Umbria and Sardinia confirmed just two and three more respectively.

Fourteen of Italy's 20 regions reported fewer than 100 new cases, with Lombardy (+590), Piedmont (+278) and Emilia Romagna (+212) remaining the worst-hit.

Italy is preparing to relax the strict lockdown measures that are credited with slowing down its epidemic, with reopening set to begin in phases from May 4th

The government has warned that any freedoms restored could be taken away again if the number of new infections shows an increase.


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