AGENCIES, Roma: When its over, Italy will shudder when it remembers how the country fared on April 10, 2020 which is an important religious day for christians around the world . COVID-19 death toll in that country rose by 610 in the 24 hours to reach 18,279, the highest in the world.
The Civil Protection Agency said the disheartening numbers came even as pressure on the country’s hospitals continued to ease with a fall in the number of patients in intensive care units.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte discussed with business leaders and labour unions when Italy can begin to relax the lockdown restrictions.
The shutdown was initially meant to last until April 13, but chances that easing would take place was virtually non-existent as the pandemic continues.
“We need to pick sectors that can restart their activity. If scientists confirm it, we might begin to relax some measures already by the end of this month,” Conte told the BBC.
The final decision will be made by the Scientific Technical Council that is advising the government on the crisis on the timing and processes to re-open the economy
The total number of cases in Italy stands at 143,626, which is the second highest in the world after the US reported 466,033 infections.
Sharing statistics, Civil Protection chief Angelo Borrelli said that the number of people hospitalised dropped by 86 to 28,339 and 88 coronavirus patients were moved out of ICUs, leaving 3,605.
“The past five days, have ended with fewer patients hospitalised compared to the previous day,” Franco Locatelli, chair of Italy’s Higher Health Council, said on Thursday.
With concern about the economic damage from the shutdown growing more acute, the Senate approved on Thursday a $27.3 billionaid package.