Italy registered a decrease in the rate of contagion of coronavirus, which stood at 4%, despite the fact that the number of deaths increased by 766, bringing the total number of deaths to 14,681.The data released by the Civil Protection reinforced hopes that Italy exceeded the peak after being the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic last month.
The number of patients declared fully recovered soared 17.3%, with 19,758 registered cases.
The Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, confirmed that “the rate of contagion of coronavirus began to decrease” thanks to the measures taken to restrict the movement of people.
Specialists care for a patient at the Oglio Po Hospital in Casalmaggiore, in Northern Italy.
According to the minister, despite the restrictions on circulation and production that Italy adopted from March 10 in successive phases and that Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte extended until April 13, “the battle is still going on”.
“The first thing is to win the healthcare battle, only then can the conditions for economic and social reconstruction be created,” added Speranza. The Italian Higher Institute of Health (ISS) confirmed this trend of a slight decrease in the contagion curve, but requires to persevere in measures against the spread of the pathogen.
“The curve of new cases in Italy shows a kind of plateau, perhaps a slight decrease, “said Giovanni Rezza, the ISS chief of infectious diseases this morning.
But at the same time, he warned of the need to insist on social restriction measuresLike the confinement, without which, he assured, the victims would have surely multiplied. “Without measures in six months we would have had collective immunity, but with a large number of deaths and those affected,” he said.
Robbio residents in northern Italy undergo coronavirus testing in a gym set up as a health center.
The crisis in some of the worst affected regions of Italy also seems to be gradually receding. The northern Lombardy region, where more than half of official deaths were recorded, had a slight increase in the number of patients admitted to intensive care. “The numbers are improving”, recognized the adviser to the Health of LombardyGiulio Gallera. “Our hospitals are beginning to breathe,” he assured the press.
However, the virus put the health system and economic activity on the brink of collapse. Italy is the third largest economy in the European Union, which requires an exceptional continental plan to reactivate itself, and hopes to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus on the economy.
The drop in tourist income means a million dollar loss for the Italian economy.
It is calculated that the sudden interruption of tourism, one of the main sources of income, will cause a loss of 45% of the annual income of hotels and restaurants.
Italy, the first country in Europe to order the complete closure of economic activity on March 12, with the exception of pharmacies and supermarkets, had to extend the strict confinement until April 13. Italian authorities have warned that the country will begin to work gradually and that Fringes of the population should remain confined for more weeks.
The Confederation of Industrialists, Confindustria, calculates that The country’s production will decrease 6% if the pandemic continues to strike in May. Each week of paralysis represents a reduction of 0.75% of the Gross Domestic Product, according to the entity.