/Italy coronavirus death toll rises 602 in a day – but rate of dying slows

Italy coronavirus death toll rises 602 in a day – but rate of dying slows


Italy's rate of death slows
The rate of people dying has slowed for the first time in the country (Picture: EPA/AFP)

The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Italy has jumped by almost 5,000 overnight.

The total number of confirmed cases rose to 63,928 from 59,138, in the country which has become the epicentre of the outbreak.

However, the rate of people dying appears to be slowing down, after the number rose by 602 to 6,078 on Monday, said Italian officials. Although this is an 11 per cent increase, it but the smallest rise in numerical terms since Thursday, suggesting a clear downward trend.

On Sunday, 651 people died, followed by 793 on Saturday and 627 on Friday. Meanwhile, of those originally infected nationwide, 7,432 had fully recovered on Monday compared to 7,024 the day before.


A pallbearer (R) helps a priest (L), both wearing a face mask, give the last blessing to a coffin during a funeral service at the cemetery of Bolgare, Lombardy, on March 23, 2020 during the COVID-19 new coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Piero CRUCIATTI / AFP) (Photo by PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP via Getty Images)
The country has become the epicentre of the outbreak (Picture: AFP)

Medical staff have been working around the clock to save patients (Picture: AFP)

Last week, a 95-year-old grandmother became the oldest woman in Italy to recover from the virus.

Alma Clara Corsini was admitted to hospital in Pavullo, in the northern province of Modena, on March 5.

However, at the weekend Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the country is living through ‘its gravest crisis since World War II’ and pledged to tighten the nationwide lockdown.

He said he would look to shut down all production facilities except those that are ‘necessary, crucial, indispensable to guarantee essential goods’.


epa08315813 Health service personnel transports a patient into the new intensive care unit built by the San Raffaele hospital in Milan thanks to private donations, in Milan, Italy, 23 March 2020. The first patients will be three people hospitalized in intensive care units set up in the hospital emergency room. These first three entrances will therefore serve to ease the hospital load a little. Overall, the new department, a tensile structure, has 14 intensive care beds and was completed in 10 days. EPA/ANDREA FASANI
Doctors have said they have stopped counting the amount of deaths as it has become so overwhelming (Picture: EPA)

Doctors across the country, many of whom have come out of retirement to help, have been working around the clock to keep patients alive as hospitals reach breaking point.

Many have shared images of their bruised faces from wearing the protective masks during gruelling shifts spanning double figures, while one said he and his colleagues are ‘at the end of their strength’.

They have also spoken of the heartbreak of watching patients die without friends and family by their side – a necessary measure to help contain the spread of the virus.

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