Italy registers lowest day-to-day tally of COVID-19 deaths

Rome, Italy has registered the lowest day-to-day tally of COVID-19 deaths on Saturday since March 1, a week before the country went into nationwide lockdown, said AP.

According to Health Ministry data, there were eight deaths of infected patients since Friday, raising the nation’s known toll in the pandemic to 34,716.

There were 175 new cases, bringing the overall count of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country where Europe’s outbreak first exploded to 240,136.

Authorities have said since many people with mild symptoms don’t get tested, the actual number is certainly higher. Lombardy, Italy’s most-stricken region, confirmed 77 new cases in the last 24 hours, one of only a few days it has registered less than triple-figure daily new caseloads since early in the pandemic.

For the first time since the very early days of the outbreak, fewer than 100 infected patients were occupying intensive care unit beds nationwide. In early April, more than 4,000 COVID-19 patients occupied ICU beds, as the nation’s health system in northern Italy struggled to care for several thousand new cases each day.