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 the growing belief that the disease was in retreat thanks to a national 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.
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Meanwhile, state football coaches have joined their players in criticizing their top league recommendation that the club impose wage cuts of two to four months’ salary during the coronavirus outbreak.
Renzo Ulivieri, president of the Italian coach association (AIAC), said the announcement of Serie A was arrogant, and that reductions were not acceptable for low-ranking coaching staff who, in some cases, earn below the national average wage.
On Monday, Serie A proposes an annual wage cut of up to one third if the competition – which has been suspended since March 9 – cannot continue this season, and one-sixth if it is able to restart. He added that each club had to negotiate cuts with the coaching staff and play.
“The declaration of the Serie A seems to be improvised to us because we still don’t know what will happen at the championship,” Ulivieri said in a statement.
“We want to avoid controversy because this is not the time. But the tone of the statement, which seems too overwhelming, is clearly not in accordance with our wishes.”
Ulivieri said that, temporarily ItalyThe top coaches have said they are willing to contribute to the reduction in wages, it is a different story for many low-paid assistants and other coaching staff members.
“It must be remembered, that there are coaches, instructors, coaches and ‘other’ collaborators employed by football clubs who only have work income, sometimes even below the national average,” Ulivieri said.
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“Regarding this income, it’s impossible to think of any reduction.”
Al Jazeera sports correspondent Lee Wellings noted that sports clubs around the world are facing a “new financial reality”.
“Leagues and football clubs throughout Europe and the world have begun to respond well to the new financial future,” he said.
“But that is a picture that is just starting to form, and consensus will be difficult to reach. The people who govern football seem to find the worst solution.
“Italy was devastated by this pandemic, and it is not surprising that drastic action is being taken. The glorious days of Serie A are long gone and wealth is not there. But the decision has been poorly accepted by players’ representatives. Like England and the Premier League. , the voice of dissent will continue, even though the horror is happening. “
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