Coronavirus: Italy’s daily confirmed cases decline, deaths rise

Pallbearers wearing protective masks carry the coffin of a woman who died from coronavirus, as Italy struggles to contain the spread of the disease in Seriate, Italy March 28, 2020. (Reuters)

Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy rose by 566 on Monday, up from 431 the day before, but the number of new cases slowed to 3,153 from a previous 4,092.

The number of new cases was the lowest since April 7.

The total death toll since the outbreak came to light on February 21 rose to 20,465, the Civil Protection Agency said, the second highest in the world after that of the United States.

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The number of officially confirmed cases climbed to 159,516, the third highest global tally behind those of the United States and Spain.

There were 3,260 people in intensive care on Monday against 3,343 on Sunday - a tenth consecutive daily decline.

Of those originally infected, 35,435 were declared recovered against 34,211 a day earlier.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:06 - GMT 07:06