The number of deaths, however, has fallen compared to previous days. There were 47 announced this Saturday (17), compared to 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.
Italy was the first country in Europe to be hit by Covid-19 and it has the second highest death toll on the continent after Great Britain – 36,474 deaths, according to official data.
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.