WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- For two consecutive days, Italy posted a drop in the number of day-to-day new COVID-19 cases on Monday.
- As of Monday, 4,789 coronavirus cases were recorded, around 700 lower than Sunday’s record of 5,560.
- Despite the signs of improvement, officials are saying that it’s too early to consider the decrease a milestone as results should be long consistent before concluding that Italy is starting a positive trend.
On Monday, Italy has recorded a decrease in day-to-day new coronavirus cases for the second straight day — while still giving a warning that it’s too soon to determine if the country, second largest to hit by COVID-19, already surpassed the worst case possible.
Findings from Italy’s Civil Protection agency revealed 4,789 new cases from a day earlier, which is almost 700 lower than the day-to-day increase of 5,560 new cases reported on Sunday.
Consequently, the numbers of fatality did not increase as much, as there were just around 600 virus-related cases on Monday compared to 651 on Sunday.
It has been three weeks since Italy has enforced a nationwide lockdown.
As of Monday, a total of 59,138 virus cases in Italy was put on the record, and the country is on pace to have twice as many deaths soon. China has 81,496 cases as of the same date. On Saturday, authorities reported 793 more fatalities and 6,557 new cases.
Over the 100,000 people who have recovered globally, more than 7,000 came from Italy.
Health authorities were realistic saying that it will be a few more days to determine if Italy is at the beginning of a positive trend.
“These are crucial days. Woe to whoever lets down the guard,” Health Minister Roberto Speranza said of Monday’s numbers. ”Now, more than ever, the commitment of everyone is needed.”
Silvio Brusaferro, a top national health official, resisted being too optimistic, as the improvements seen on Monday were outcomes of the measures taken at the beginning of the month, not in recent days. He added that favorable results need to be consistent first before they can confirm if the situation in Italy is improving.
In Milan, the capital of Lombardy which is Italy’s worst-hit region, the reduced day-to-day number of new patients raised optimism among health officials. However, they were still worried about the urgent provision of additional intensive care beds.
On Monday, Giulio Gallera, Lombardy health commissioner, said that the cities of Bergamo and Milan both showed signs of improvement, but Brescia, another hard-hit Lombardy city, posed a significant increase in the number of cases.
’’Maybe this is the first positive day of this very difficult month,” Gallera said. “It is not time to relax. We need to be even more coherent.”
Hotels in the northern region were converted to emergency accommodations for people who need to self-quarantine and are unable to properly distance themselves from family members at home.