Italy CCP Virus Death Toll Rises Again With 743 New Deaths

Italy Reports 63,927 Coronavirus Cases, Death Toll At 6,077

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The number of cases of coronavirus in Italy is probably 10 times higher than the official tally of nearly 64,000, the head of the agency that is collating the data said on Tuesday.

On Saturday, Italy had seen its worst day yet, losing a total of 793 people in a single day to the virus that originated in Wuhan, China, with Sunday and Monday's death tolls (651 and 601) seeming to decline, only to spike back up on Tuesday.

Although still upward, the figures showed the daily rise in both the number of people testing positive and the number of deaths has been less marked for the second day in a row, Civil Protection Chief Angelo Borrelli told a press conference late Monday afternoon.

Of those originally infected nationwide, 7,432 had fully recovered on Monday compared to 7,024 the day before.

After four weeks of steep increases in deaths and cases, the growth rate has eased since Sunday, raising hopes that the most aggressive phase of the contagion might be over.

"The official numbers of the last two days indicate a slowdown in the epidemic", said Giorgio Gori, the mayor of Bergamo, a small city in the northern region of Lombardy that has suffered the heaviest death toll in the country.

Those who are caught leaving their home without a valid reason for doing so will face fines of between 400 euros and 3,000 euros ($430 to $3,227), Conte said.

Speaking to parliament, Gualtieri had said earlier that the Treasury forecast a major contraction in gross domestic product in the first half of this year.

Some richer northern euro zone nations have expressed unease about making the fund available without policy conditions aimed at making its recipients more economically competitive. "The only acceptable conditionality is that of using the ESM resources to manage the health and economic emergency", he said, setting up a possible battle with Brussels over how best to emerge from the crisis.

The number of deaths also did not rise by as much.

"The important thing is not to arrive at that point", he told the Times.

"The ESM doesn't work". "Absolutely not", Locatelli said.

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