New coronavirus cases in Italy fall to 25-day low; deaths rise by 604

Reuters

Posted at Apr 08 2020 01:06 AM

A worker wearing protective garments sanitizes the Duomo square, during the coronavirus disease outbreak in central Milan, March 31. Flavio Lo Scalzo, Reuters

ROME--Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy rose by 604 on Tuesday, a lower daily tally than the 636 seen the day before, while the number of new cases posted the smallest increase since March 13.

The total death toll in the world's hardest-hit country since its outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 rose to 17,127, the Civil Protection Agency said.

The total of confirmed cases increased by 3,039 on Tuesday to 135,586, the second successive daily decline, underscoring growing confidence that the illness is on the retreat thanks to a nationwide lockdown introduced on March 9.

New cases rose by 3,599 on Monday. Previous daily increases since March 17 had all been in a range of 4,050-6,557.

Of those originally infected, 24,392 were declared recovered on Tuesday against 22,837 a day earlier. There were 3,792 people in intensive care against 3,898 on Monday -- a fourth consecutive daily decline. (Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Gavin Jones)