New coronavirus cases drop to lowest amid crisis

A woman and volunteers wearing protective face masks and gloves attend to food distribution organised by the Sant'Egidio Community at the San Gaudenzio parish during the Covid-19 lockdown in Rome Italy

A woman and volunteers wearing protective face masks and gloves attend to food distribution organised by the Sant'Egidio Community at the San Gaudenzio parish during the Covid-19 lockdown in Rome Italy

Data released by Italy's Civil Protection agency this morning showed 4789 new cases from a day earlier, almost 700 fewer than the day-to-day increase reported yesterday.

The head of Italy's Civil Protection, Angelo Borrelli noted that he is focusing on the number of asymptomatic people infected with the coronavirus.

The total number of confirmed cases in Italy rose to 63,927 on Monday from a previous 59,138, an increase of eight percent, the Civil Protection Agency said, the lowest rise in percentage terms since the contagion came to light on 21 February.

Italy has over 69,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

"Too many people are arriving in hospitals late and in grave condition, requiring intubation in intensive care units", Gori said, adding that more than 300 people died last week in Bergamo region alone.

He also told that newspaper that the security measures taken by the Italian Government two weeks ago were beginning to have an effect.

Italy has reported a drop in deaths and infections from COVID-19 for the second day in a row.

New Yorkers who leave should self-isolate for 14 days: White House
Florida earlier in the week announced it was requiring anyone entering the state from NY or New Jersey to enter a 14-day quarantine.

On Monday the government closed all businesses not deemed to be essential to the nation's supply chain of vital requirements.

However, Conte denied planning to keep the lockdown in place until that date, saying he hoped to loosen curbs "well before then".

Finance Minister Roberto Gualtieri noted that Italy's economy contracted "sharply" in March and will likely do the same in April amid the lockdown measures, according to Bloomberg News.

Gualtieri's position is also different to that of some members of the ruling coalition in Rome, who do not want Italy to use the ESM at all, arguing it would saddle the country with long term debt that would be hard to repay.

Some textile and fashion companies will soon start producing half the required amount of masks.

"The last thing that Italy can allow itself is industrial conflict in a situation of national emergency", Deputy Economy Minister Antonio Misiani told SkyTG24 television.

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