Italy registers new record of cases

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Wednesday saw a new record for the daily tally of new COVID cases in Italy, at 24,991, up from 21,994 Tuesday, the health ministry said. There were 205 fresh deaths, down from 221 Tuesday, it said. There are now more currently positive than recovered in Italy, at 276,457 to 275,404.

The figure for the currently positive has risen steadily from only 142,739 compared to 255,005 recovered on October 20. On August 25, the positives were 19,714 and the recovered 206,015. There were 125 more intensive care patients Wednesday and 1,026 more hospital admissions. Almost 200,000 swabs were taken , with an incidence of 12.5%.

The northern region of Lombardy, with 7,558 new cases, was the epicentre of the country’s original epidemic earlier this year and remains by far the worst-impacted as the second wave hits.

Walter Ricciardi, scientific adviser to the health ministry, was quoted as saying on Wednesday that both Milan and the southern city of Naples should be put under lockdown.

The mayors of the two cities urged the government to reject the idea.