Covid-19: Italy adds 119 more dead, but number of patients continues to decline

Italy has registered 119 fatalities from the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 32,735, while the number of patients continues to decline, according to the latest Civil Protection data.

The current number of infected people is 57,752, most of whom are at home, which represents a reduction of 1,570 compared to Friday, confirming the reduction trend that started a month ago.

In total, Italy has recorded 229,327 infections since the beginning of the crisis on 21 February, with 669 new cases detected in the last hours, in line with previous days and most of which in Lombardy (in the north of the country) , which is the most affected region.

In the last 24 hours, more than 2,120 recovered people are registered, with a further 72,410 tests being carried out, for a total of almost 3.4 million.

The region of Sicily, in the south, did not register, for the first time, any case of contagion since Friday, among the 2,500 tests carried out, and in Lazio (center), with capital in Rome, there were only 18 new infections, the lowest number since March 10.

In this context, Italy continues the process of gradually lifting some of the social restrictions and displacement of people imposed on 10 March across the territory.

Currently, and since May 18, practically all productive sectors and businesses can reopen, under security measures such as wearing a mask and maintaining a social distance of at least one meter.

On Monday, gyms and sports centers open, with the exception of those located in the Lombardy region, where, as a precaution, this will only happen from June 1st.

Regarding the reopening of these establishments, the Ministry of Sports recommends, among other aspects, the reduction of the capacity of gymnasiums, the constant disinfection of spaces and the installation of waste bins for potentially infected objects, such as handkerchiefs and masks.

It is also recommended the definition of differentiated entry and exit zones and the use of gloves and mask is required and the maintenance of a safety distance of two meters during the exercise practice, calling for the used accessories not to be shared in the exercises.

Sportsmen must arrive at gyms already equipped and will not be able to share objects such as hairdryers or bottles.

With regard to beaches, since 18 May in Italy travel to the coastal zone is permitted, as long as this does not involve crossing from one region to another and safety measures such as the prohibition of sports and group games and the imposition of a space of 10 square meters for each parasol.

Although the different regions have determined different dates for reopening depending on their epidemiological situation, many private concessions have not yet opened because they are preparing their respective infrastructure.

Thus, if, for example, in Emilia-Romagna (in the north) the opening of beaches was determined today, in Marche (center) this will happen from the 29th, in Abruzzo (center) this should happen on June 1st and in Apulia already next Monday.

According to local media, on the Mondello beach in Palermo, the Sicilian capital, a large number of people were today sunbathing on the sand, despite local regulations only authorizing it from 06 June.

From June 3rd onwards, travel between regions will be allowed and the borders will be reopened to tourists from the European Union, without the need to go through a quarantine period.

This measure aims to boost tourism activity in Italy at the height of the summer, or this sector would not represent 13% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP).

Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 339,000 deaths and infected more than 5.2 million people in 196 countries and territories. More than 1.9 million patients were considered cured.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.

PD // LIL

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