Eight charts that show the state of the Covid-19 pandemic in Italy

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Eight charts that show the state of the Covid-19 pandemic in Italy
How many coronavirus patients are hospitalised in Italy, and how many are in intensive care? Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

From new infections to the positivity rate, there are a lot of numbers to keep track of when it comes to following the coronavirus. These graphs and maps give you some of the most essential data for understanding how the pandemic is developing in Italy.


How many cases have been reported?

This graph shows the number of new infections reported each day in Italy since the Ministry of Health began tracking Covid-19 cases in February. 

New cases per day continue to hit record highs recently, with around 40,000 cases a day now being reported.

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During the first wave in spring, the single highest increase in one day was 6,557 new cases on March 21st.


How many tests are being done?

Part of the reason so many new cases are being detected is that Italy is carrying out more tests than ever before. 

More than 150,000 tests are now being performed per day – the most since the start of the pandemic.

This graph shows how testing has increased over the past three months.

What percentage of tests are positive?

The rise in confirmed cases can't be explained entirely by increased testing. The percentage of swabs coming back positive has also been rising in recent days. 

The graph below shows how Italy's positivity rate (percentage of total tests that are positive) has changed over the past three months.



How many people are in hospital?

Many of the new infections now being reported have mild or no symptoms, and have been detected thanks to proactive tracing and testing.

This chart shows the number of patients in hospital (more serious cases) alongside the number of people in isolation at home (milder cases).

How many people have died?

Deaths per day remain far lower now than when the first wave of the pandemic was at its height. 

More than 900 deaths were reported in a single day on March 27th, the highest daily toll to date. 

Looking more closely at the past three months, however, deaths have been increasing – albeit at a slower rate than during the first wave.

Where is the coronavirus spreading in Italy?

Some regions that escaped the worst of the first wave, such as Campania, have seen a sharp rise in infections in recent weeks. 

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This chart shows the regions that reported the most new cases in the past 24 hours, alongside their total number of cases.



Which travellers have to get tested or go into quarantine?

As well as banning tourism from outside Europe, Italy has imposed entry requirements on certain countries within the EU, including mandatory testing or quarantine on arrival. 

And travel has been banned altogether from a handful of countries where infection rates are highest.

This map shows under what conditions you can enter Italy from other parts of Europe.

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