Italy registered 178 new cases of corona virus in the last 24 hours on June 1, the lowest daily increase since February 26, reports the Italian news agency ANSA.
This figure came after 355 new cases were registered the day before, May 31, with 416 new cases on May 30 and 516 new cases on May 29.
Italy recorded 60 deaths from coronavirus on June 1 – against 75 the previous day – according to figures released by the country’s civil protection agency.
Six regions did not record new infections on June 1: Marche, Sicily, Umbria, Molise, Calabria and Basilicata – report ANSA – while no fatalities were recorded in nine regions on June 1: Veneto, Marche, Sicily, Trentino Alto Adige, Umbria , Valle d’Aosta, Calabria, Molise and Basilicata.
The number of people in intensive care in Italy, currently 424, also continues to decline.
The encouraging new figures come as Italy prepares to reopen its internals borderline and open its international borders for visitors from European Union countries and the Schengen region on June 3.
On the eve of Italy’s national day, Festa della Repubblica on June 2, the country’s president Sergio Mattarella said that Italy had “shown its best face” during covid-19 emergency, declaring “I am proud of my country.”
Today June 2, after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Altare della Patria in Rome at 09.00, Mattarella will fly to Codogno, in the province of Lombardy in northern Lodi, where Italy was first coronavirus patients diagnosed on February 20.
Describing Codogno as “a symbolic place for the start of this dramatic period,” Mattarella said he would “pay homage to all victims and prove the courage of all Italians, who have faced the frontline, often in extreme conditions, with courage, and self-sacrifice, in the fight against corona virus. “
The total number of confirmed cases in Italy (counting currently positive, dead and recovered) is now 233,197, the sixth highest global count behind the US, Russia, Brazil, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The total number of deaths in Italy is 33,475, ANSA reported. For complete statistics relating to the covid-19 pandemic in Italy see The site of Protezione Civile.
One hundred Italian doctors have died of the new corona virus since the pandemic reached the Mediterranean country in February, the Italian health association FNOMCeO said on Thursday.
“The number of doctors who died of COVID-19 is 100, maybe even 101 at this time,” a FNOMCeO spokesman told Agence France-Presse (AFP).
The death toll includes retired doctors the government began calling a month ago to help fight the corona virus which has officially claimed 17,669 lives at the top of the world in Italy.
Italian media reports estimate that 30 nurses and nursing assistants also died due to COVID-19.
“We can again allow our doctors, our health workers, to be sent to fight without protection against viruses,” FNOMCeO president Filippo Anelli said on the association’s website.
“This is an unfair fight,” he said.
The ISS Rome public health agency estimates that 10% of those infected with the new corona virus in Italy work in health care.