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In Italy, coronavirus deaths continue to decline, but the extension is imminent



ROME – Coronavirus deaths in Italy fell for the second consecutive Sunday, but the country still looked almost certain that stringent containment measures would be expanded.

The Civil Defense Department said 756 people died on the last day, a total of 10,779, more than a third of all deaths from the virus worldwide.

There were 133 fewer deaths than the 889 deaths reported on Saturday when the numbers fell from a record high of 919 on Friday.

While the total number of confirmed cases rose from 92,472 to 97,689 on Sunday, this was the lowest daily increase in new cases since Wednesday.

Despite hopes from Italian officials that the downward trend would continue, it seemed increasingly likely that restrictions on all non-essential activities that were due to expire on Friday would soon be officially extended.

“The measures, which should expire on April 3, will inevitably be extended,”

; Regional Minister Francesco Boccia told Sky TG24.

He said the date was set by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and the government based on data from the medical and scientific community.

“I think it would be inappropriate and irresponsible to speak of reopening (schools and manufacturing facilities),” said Boccia.


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