Italy registered 11.705 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health. It is the highest daily count of diagnoses since the outbreak began in the country.
It is also the fourth day in a row that the record was broken, since on Saturday there were 10,925 new infections, on Friday, 10,010, and on Thursday, 8,804.
There was also an increase in the number of deaths – 69, against 47 announced on Saturday, 55 on Friday and 83 on Thursday. The number is much lower than those recorded at the height of the pandemic in Italy (March and April), when a daily peak of more than 900 deaths was reached.
Switzerland, a neighboring country, also recorded an increase in cases. As a result, the government imposed the use of a mandatory mask as of Monday (19) in closed public places. “This week, the number of cases has doubled, and the increase is now exponential,” said Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga, to justify the seriousness of the situation.
Italy was the first country in Europe to be hit by Covid-19 and has the second highest death toll on the continent after Great Britain – 36,543 deaths, according to official data.
The Italian government imposed new restrictions on meetings, restaurants, sports and school activities on Tuesday (13) in an attempt to slow the rise in infections.
People wearing masks walk through Piazza del Duomo in Milan, Italy, on Saturday (17) – Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
However, some experts said the measures were very limited and some local leaders have already announced more aggressive actions for their regions.
On Thursday, the Campania region, where the city of Naples is located, in the south of the country, ordered that all of its schools closed for two weeks. The next day, regional leader Vincenzo De Luca said he would impose a curfew on the night of October 31 to prevent the virus from spreading to “stupid” Halloween parties, in his words.
The head of Lombardy, in the north, the hardest hit region in Italy, said on Friday that he would revise the opening hours of bars and restaurants and close game centers and bingo halls. He also asked universities to return to distance learning.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ruled out the reintroduction of a national blockade.