Italy breaks the downward trend in infections with almost 4,500 more cases
Lombardy, the most punished region, registers another 2,500 cases in one day
Italy has broken this Thursday the downward trend of the last four days in terms of new coronavirus infections, with almost 4,500 more cases, while with the 662 deaths registered in the last 24 hours the total number of fatalities already exceeds the threshold of 8,000.
According to the data provided by Civil Protection, in the last day there have been 4,492 new cases throughout the country, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 80,539. With this data, the trend of the last days is broken, since it represents a thousand more cases than the 3,491 registered the day before.
Asked about this increase, the director of Civil Protection, Agostino Mozzo, acknowledged that it is “a small increase compared to the trend of recent days” but stressed that “the important thing is that there is a slowdown in the curve” in an emergency such as that of the coronavirus that “does not resolve in 48 hours”.
According to Mozzo, one of the “hypotheses” that are being considered after speaking with those responsible for the northern regions, those most affected by the pandemic, is that there could have been “an accumulation of test results that have been carried out in the previous days”, although he stressed that it is something that will have to be verified.
Regarding the deceased, who already total 8,165 in total, the data for this Thursday is slightly lower than the 683 deaths that occurred on Wednesday and the 743 the day before, when there was a new increase after two days of decline. .
On the other hand, in the last day 991 other people have overcome the disease, so the total number of recovered patients now rises to 10,361. In addition, there are 33,648 people in home isolation, another 24,753 admitted to hospital and 3,612 in intensive care.
By region, according to the latest official data, Lombardy continues to be the most punished region, with 34,889 cases and 4,861 deaths, followed by Emilia Romagna, with 10,816 cases and 1,174 deaths, and Veneto, with 6,935 cases and 287 deaths. In Lazio, where Rome is located, there are 2,086 confirmed cases and 106 deaths.
Lombardy adds 2,500 new cases
In this sense, the president of Lombardy, Attilio Fontana, had previously admitted that the figures in the region were not good. “The number of infections has increased a little too much with respect to the line in recent days,” he explained at a press conference, numbering 2,500 new cases.
“We hoped that such an increase would not occur,” he acknowledged, stressing that now what needs to be assessed is whether “it has been an exceptional event or if the upward trend has resumed.” In the latter case, he has admitted, “it would be quite embarrassing.”
For his part, the President of Veneto, Luca Zaia, has also been pessimistic about the data. “I still see darkness in the tunnel,” he said, offering the “war report” that leaves 287 others dead in the region. “The positive fact is that there are 508 people who have been cured,” he stressed.
“And from today I will give another positive fact: 91 children have been born in Veneto,” he said, explaining that he will offer this data every day to illustrate that “life continues”, according to the Adnkronos agency.