Italy has registered 1,587 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, increasing the total number of cases to 298,156 since the beginning of the pandemic, the local Ministry of Health reported today.
This Sunday there were 15 more deaths, increasing the total number of deaths by covid-19 to 35,707, according to the same source.
The region most affected by the pandemic remains Lombardy, followed by Veneto, Campania and Lazio, where the capital, Rome, is located.
Italy, which enacted a state of emergency on February 21, is the second European country most affected by the covid-19 pandemic, after the United Kingdom.
According to an assessment by the French agency AFP, the covid-19 pandemic has already caused at least 957,948 deaths and more than 30.8 million cases of infection in 196 countries and territories, since a new coronavirus was detected in late December, in China.
Today and Monday, Italians are going to the polls for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, to elect the governments of seven of the 20 regions and vote in a referendum to reduce the number of deputies by one third.
Initially scheduled for the end of March, these two elections have been postponed several times due to the pandemic. The Italian government chose to spread the vote over two days to avoid crowds.
All eyes are on three of the regions, where a right-wing victory could shake the government of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, supported by the coalition between the 5 Star Movement (M5S, anti-system) and the Democratic Party (PD, center-left) ).
The three regions in question are Campania, Apulia and mainly Tuscany, a bastion of the left for more than half a century and where the polls place candidates from the left and the right-wing coalition (which includes far-right parties) very close.
SBR (CSR) // PJA