Italy registers highest number of cases since April

Dipartimento Protezione Civile

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Italy has registered 4,458 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday, the first time the country has exceeded 4,000 cases in a single day since mid-April.

There were also 22 COVID-related deaths on Thursday against 31 the day before — far fewer than at the height of the pandemic in Italy in March and April.

This compared to 3,678 new cases Wednesday, and 31 dead.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza said Italy’s COVID-19 contagion figures are set to go up even higher.

 “We don’t have the (high) numbers of other European countries, but our numbers have been growing for nine weeks and they will grow further,” Speranza said at the EY Capri Digital Summit ‘A New Brave World’.

“That is what we expect, in line with what is happening at the European level.

“We need the measures that have been adopted, starting with the use of facemasks, washing hands and avoid gatherings, to be respected in a very, very, very, very scrupulous way”.