Italy unveils plans to end foreclosure: health minister announces ‘phase two’ will involve more testing and continued social distancing – as nation experiences lowest daily death rate since two weeks
- Italy recorded lowest daily toll since March 9, when 427 people died
- Meanwhile, 3,977 people were in intensive care, down 17 from Friday.
- The number of cases has risen to 128,948 from yesterday’s 124,632, which is also a smaller increase from the previous day, a sign that the foreclosure could pay off.
- The Minister of Health today announced plans for “phase two” to ease the foreclosure
Italy has announced plans to end the foreclosure after the country ravaged by coronaviruses today recorded its lowest daily death rate in over two weeks.
Rome recorded an additional 525 deaths, bringing its total to 15,887 – the highest of any country in the world – but this marked its smallest daily increase since the 427 recorded on March 19.
In addition, the number of people in intensive care (3,977) has decreased by 17 since Friday and the number of cases has risen to 128,948 compared to 124,632 yesterday, an increase less than the day before.
Earlier on Sunday, Health Minister Roberto Speranza presented plans for broader testing and strengthened health services as part of a package of measures to help lock in Italy, imposed since March 9.
A patient is taken to an ambulance in Milan on Sunday. The death toll from the COVID-19 epidemic increased by 525 to 15,887, the lowest number of deaths reported in a day by civil defense services since the 427 recorded on March 19.
Parish priest Don Antonio Lauri blesses a palm branch of a resident after celebrating Palm Sunday Mass from the roof of the church of San Gabriele dell’Addolorata in Rome on April 5
The government is also grappling with the economic devastation caused by the sudden shutdown of business across the country.
Speranza said he had released a note outlining five principles around which Rome planned to handle the so-called “ phase two ” of the emergency, when the lock-in restrictions began to be lifted but before a full return to normal conditions.
He said social distance should remain, with wider use of personal protective devices such as face masks, while local health systems would be strengthened, to allow faster and more effective treatment of suspected cases of COVID-19.
Testing and “ contact tracing ” would be expanded, including the use of smartphone apps and other forms of digital technology, while a network of hospitals dedicated solely to treating COVID patients- 19 would be put in place.
“Until a vaccine is distributed, we cannot rule out a new wave of the virus,” Speranza told La Repubblica.
Italian Minister of Health Roberto Speranza reports to the Italian Senate on measures taken to combat the spread of the Covid19 coronavirus pandemic in Italy, Rome, Italy, April 1, 2020
Soldiers patrol the Duomo’s Gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy, Sunday
A woman prays in the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Turin on Palm Sunday
“There are difficult months ahead. Our task is to create the conditions for living with the virus. ”
The national lockdown, strictly limiting population movements and the freezing of all non-essential economic activities, will officially last until April 13 at least, but it should largely be extended.
“If we are not rigorous, we risk losing all our efforts,” said Speranza in separate comments to Corriere della Sera.