FILE PHOTO: A woman rides her bicycle in a lockdown contrary to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Milan, Italy March 22, 2020.
By Silvia Aloisi and Elvira Pollina
MILAN (Reuters) — Italy said on Sunday that deaths from the coronavirus pandemic rose by 433, the smallest per day tally in a week, and the number of new cases slowed to 3,047 from a previous 3,491.
The death toll as Civil Protection Agency had climbed on Saturday , down from 575 by 482.
The tallies of cases and deaths stretch the situation in place throughout the previous two weeks.
This plateau is reached around the end of March, but the downtrend hasn’t proceeded as quickly as was hoped in a nation that has been for fourteen days in lockdown.
The number of deaths of sunday declared the lowest daily increase since April 12, before rising again throughout the week, as it came in at 431.
Should the decline be verified within the next few times it might add to pressure on the Rome authorities from business leaders along with a few chiefs to let restrictions lift and reopen on people’s motion.
There isn’t yet any clear plan over to what extent, or how gradually, it is going to be lifted, although will be until May 3.
The head of the Veneto region, luca Zaia, which has made certain progress has called for restrictions to be relaxed before May 3.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that Italy wasn’t yet in a position to loosen the lockdown and ruled out the possibility that some regions could be permitted to reopen prior others.
Medical specialists have urged caution, saying Italy remains in the very first phase of the crisis and cannot yet move to a so-called”Stage 2″.
“It’s way too early, the amounts in some areas continue to be very much those of a Stage 1 that hasn’t stopped yet,” World Health Organization official Walter Ricciardi told Sky Italia TV.
Total confirmed cases stood at 178,972.
The outbreak remains heavily concentrated in the areas of Lombardy, around the financial capital Milan, and neighbouring Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont. Lombardy on Sunday reported that a daily gain in the number deaths of 163, or more than a third of their total, and 855 cases.
(Editing by Jane Merriman)