Italy Reports 63,927 Coronavirus Cases, Death Toll At 6,077

A woman and volunteers wearing protective face masks and gloves attend to food distribution organised by the Sant'Egidio Community at the San Gaudenzio parish during the Covid-19 lockdown in Rome Italy

It has the highest death toll in the world, rising to 6,820 after 743 new fatalities were reported on Tuesday.

The latest official figures to be reported out of Italy state the death toll has risen to 6077, with the tally of cases in the country reaching nearly 64,000. The highest death toll to date was recorded on Saturday when 793 people died, officials said.

The Civil Protection Agency said 8,326 people recovered from the CCP virus, which is 894 more people than yesterday, according to state-backed ANSA.

"Today is perhaps the first positive day we have had in this hard, very tough month", said Giulio Gallera, the top health official in the northern region of Lombardy, which has been hardest hit by the outbreak.

"Germany has also taken in two patients, and it is ready to accommodate a total of eight", Borrelli told reporters.

Italy reported 601 new deaths from the coronavirus on Monday, posting a decline for a second day, as the country enters its third week of lockdown measures created to keep the spread of the disease in check.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was expected to address parliament Wednesday afternoon on his government's efforts to mitigate the crisis.

The government has shut down all non-essential business until April 3 and the cabinet was due to meet later on Tuesday to tighten the screws still further, including hiking fines for people violating the shutdown to up to 4,000 euros ($4,300) from a maximum 206 euros at present.

As the nation faces a shortage of medical supplies, Veneto Governor Luca Zaia ordered the confiscation of ventilators at veterinary surgeries for converting them for human use.

The spike in the number of coronavirus deaths in Italy comes even as the country has been on lockdown for two weeks.

Some textile and fashion companies will soon start producing half the required amount of masks. But Deputy Economy Minister Antonio Misiani told Reuters the coronavirus emergency made such restrictions redundant.



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