On Sunday, Italy’s death count from the coronavirus pandemic crossed 5,500 after the country reported another 651 deaths. The number of new coronavirus infections rose by 10.4 percent to 59,138. Presently, Italy’s death count stands at 5,476.

Italian civil protection service chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters, “The figures announced today are lower than those for yesterday.”

“I hope and we all hope that these figures can be borne out in the coming days. But do not let your guard down.”

The latest daily count was smaller than Saturday’s record 793 fatalities but still the second-highest registered during Italy’s month-long crisis. The count of Sunday suggests that strict containment measures imposed around the northern epicenter of the crisis near Milan on March 8 might be starting to bear fruit. 

On 20th March, Italy announced 627 new deaths, which was the largest single-day toll anywhere in the world since the outbreak started. The country then orders the military to enforce lockdown nationwide. The disease has taken the greatest toll on Italy’s elderly population. An additional 300 volunteer doctors were sent to the worst-affected areas of Italy by the pandemic. The authority is considering expanding the ban beyond April 3.

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