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Coronavirus fatalities on the rise in Italy again, daily rate of new infections lowering

The total number of people infected since the first coronavirus case was reported in Italy, including recoveries and deaths, amounts to 132,574

ROME, April 6./TASS/. The number of fatalities in Italy has grown once again in the past 24 hours to 636 against 525 deaths a day earlier, the Civil Protection Department said in a report on Monday.

As many as 22,837 people have recovered since coronavirus hit Italy.

The total number of people infected since the first coronavirus case was reported in Italy, including recoveries and deaths, amounts to 132,574. As many as 128,987 cases were reported on Sunday. The department emphasized that for the first time in the past weeks, the number of new infections is below 2,000, making up 1,941 people. "I would like to note that for a third day running we are registering a negative growth in intensive therapy wards, and this is a positive factor," the head of the department, Angelo Borrelli said.

Representatives from Lombardy, the hardest hit region accounting for almost half of the infections and deaths, report that the number of new cases is on decline. The growth in infections in Rome and its region is also below four percent - 39 people infected in Rome and 151 in the region. The number of fatalities among the medics has amounted to 118, of whom 87 are doctors, 25 are medical nurses and nurse men, and six are pharmacists.

In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. To date, approximately 1,300,000 people have been infected worldwide and roughly 70,000 deaths have been reported. That said, over 265,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.