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Italy’s daily coronavirus count breaks new record with 8,804 cases

  16 Octobre      11        Société (24151),


Rome, Oct. 16, (dpa/GNA) – Italy’s daily statistics on novel coronavirus

infections broke records for the second day in a row on Thursday, as 8,804

cases were reported.
This was up from 7,332 on Wednesday.
The latest update brought the total number of infections to 381,602, while

the overall death toll rose by 83 and reached 36,372, according to the Civil

Protection Agency.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte renewed calls to follow new virus

containment rules, which include bans on parties, curfews for bars and

restaurants, and mandatory mask-wearing even outdoors.
« We need everybody’s contribution to contain the second wave of the

Covid-19 epidemic, » Conte tweeted minutes before the latest statistics were

A weekly report from the Ministry of Health and the National Health

Institute (ISS) warned that the epidemic had « already entered into an acute

phase. »
On current trends, the hospital beds situation may « reach critical levels next

month » in some regions unless stronger containment measures are taken in

the most affected areas, the report said.
In the September 28-October 11 period, Italy had 75 positive cases per

100,000 inhabitants, up from 44.37 per 100,000 inhabitants in the previous

two weeks, it added.
The report directly appealed to the population « to avoid as much as

possible » all events, in private and public places, where there may be mass

The regions that on Thursday reported the highest increases in infection

figures were Lombardy, with more than 2,000 cases, Campania with around

1,100, and Piedmont with more than 1,000.
In Campania, the southern region including Naples, regional President

Vincenzo De Luca announced further restrictions, including the closure of all

schools for two weeks, starting Friday.
De Luca had threatened last week to impose a regional lockdown, closing

« everything, » if daily coronavirus cases were to rise above 1,000.

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