A patient suffering from coronavirus (COVID-19) is treated at the Cernusco sul Naviglio hospital in Milan, Italy, April 7, 2020. REUTERS / Flavio Lo Scalzo
ROME (Reuters) – Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy rose by 604 on Tuesday, a daily count lower than the 636 seen the day before, while the number of new cases recorded the smallest increase since March 13.
The total death toll in the hardest-hit country in the world since its spread on February 21 rose to 17,127, the Civil Protection Agency said.
The total confirmed cases increased by 3,039 on Tuesday to 135,586, the second consecutive daily decline, underscoring growing confidence that the disease was in retreat thanks to the nationwide lockdown introduced on March 9.
New cases rose by 3,599 on Monday. The previous daily gains since March 17 have all been in the range of 4,050-6,557.
Of those who were initially infected, 24,392 were recovered on Tuesday against 22,837 the day before. There were 3,792 people in intensive care against 3,898 on Monday – the fourth consecutive daily decline.
Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Gavin Jones