Italy registers highest daily number of cases since start of pandemic

DOCTORS AND NURSES OF THE INTENSIVE CARE HOSPITAL, FIGHTING COVID-19 EMERGENCY IN PESARO - ITALY. THEY ARE PORTRAITED AT THE END OF THEIR LONG WORKSHIFT. 12 HOURS WITH NO DRINK AND NO TOILETBREAK, DUE TO THE PROTECTIVE SUIT THEY WEAR. THE SIGNS ON THEIR FACE ARE CAUSED BY THE MASKS THEY HAVE TO WEAR TO PROTECT THEMSELFES FROM COVID VIRUS. IN THE PICTURE: Annalisa Silvestri, Doctor anaesthetist

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Lombardy is ready to reopen its former COVID hospital at the Milan Fair if intensive care beds in the northern region run out, crisis unit chief Antonio Pesenti told ANSA Wednesday.

The region around Milan currently has 150 ICU beds available in its various COVID hubs, he said. As of Tuesday some 63 COVID patients were in intensive care. Lombardy currently has 10 COVID hubs, Pesenti said. Another 7-8 may gradually be activated if the epidemic worsens, he said.

Wednesday saw a record daily number of new COVID-19 cases in Italy, rising 7,322 cases over Tuesday and bringing the total to 372,799.

The previous daily record rise was on March 21 when there were 6,557 new cases.