The coronavirus continues to hit Italy, which this Sunday has accounted for 5,476 deaths, 651 more in the last 24 hours, and the number of current patients is 46,638, that is, 3,957 more in a day, figures lower than Saturday’s increases that the country’s authorities hope to continue reducing.RELATED
On Saturday Italy registered 793 deaths more than on Friday and 4,821 new infected. That is why the head of Civil Protection, Angelo Borrelli, pointed out that the figures for this Sunday are somewhat better and he hoped they will continue to be so in the coming days, because it will mean that the country has managed to reach the peak of broadcasts.
“Today’s numbers are lower compared to yesterday’s. We hope that these numbers can be confirmed in the coming days. But we must not let our guard down and we must continue to respect the indications and the isolation measures imposed,” he said.
The number of people cured is 7,024 and the number of total infections in the country since the outbreak was detected in late February amounts to 59,138 people.
Italy is the country with the highest number of deaths in the world with coronavirus, after surpassing last Thursday China, which has lived three days without a single infection locally.
The most affected region is Lombardy (north) with 27,206 total infections and 3,456 deaths, followed by Emilia Romagna (7,555 infections) and Veneto (5,122 infections).
To contain this pandemic, the Italian Government has been implementing progressive isolation measures and on Saturday it went one step further by interrupting until April 3 all productive activities, except those that are essential such as medical care, agri-food, logistics and energy. .
Supermarkets, pharmacies, parapharmacies, tobacconists and kiosks, banking, postal, insurance and public services such as transportation will remain open.
This new measure will take effect on Monday and the intention is to further limit contacts between people so that the virus does not continue to spread.
The suspension of these activities, which are carried out mainly in the north of the country, the industrial engine of Italy, has generated concern in some southern regions, such as Campania, where its president, Vincenzo De Luca, has asked Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, to block the foreseeable flow of citizens from the north who will return to the south, after seeing their work centers closed.
The regions of Calabria and Basilicata (south) have prohibited the departure or entry of all citizens, except for justified work reasons or for serious health reasons, until April 3, an ordinance that has been followed by a decision of the Government at the national level.
The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior have signed a ban that prevents all people from moving in public or private means of the municipality in which they are currently located, unless they must do so due to work needs, for reasons of urgency or health. , and which will be in force until the decree is published tomorrow, which will include this measure.
In the north, the Lombardy region announced new containment actions on Saturday to stop this virus and among them are the prohibition of doing sports, which is allowed if it is done individually in the rest of the country, or fines of up to 5,000 euros for those who meet in public places.
“This is the most restrictive ordinance that can be issued in the area of regional competitions, we cannot do more. (…) People must understand that they have to stay at home,” Lombardy President Attilio Fontana said Sunday. .
Fontana revealed that Russia will shortly send a team of doctors, virologists and nurses to help Italy fight the pandemic and, according to the Italian media, there will be eight mobile brigades of military doctors and virologists and will also bring special vehicles for disinfection work. and other medical equipment.
They will join the 53 toilets from Cuba that are scheduled to land in the next few hours in Milan, the capital of Lombardy, and the team of nine Chinese doctors and researchers who have helped in this emergency since March 13.
The airline Alitalia has announced that it is preparing the first of a series of flights for the transport of medical equipment from China, which is so necessary at present in national hospitals, that they are at risk of saturation if the number of infected continues to grow.
To avoid the collapse of these centers, the Lombardy authorities have decided to install a temporary hospital in the pavilions of the Milan Fair that will attend to the sick and that will be able to open “at the end of next week”, according to the advisor to the regional authorities Guido Bertolaso.