Italy records second consecutive daily drop in COVID-19 deaths

People wearing protective masks walk through Florence as Italy battles a coronavirus outbreak, in Florence, Italy, March 7, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Italy on Sunday reported 756 deaths from the coronavirus representing a second straight day in which the number of deaths of reduced.

The figures mean that Italy recorded a 14 percent decrease in deaths from Saturday when the country reported 889 deaths.

A total of 10,779 people have died in Italy, Europe’s worst affected nation by the COVID-19 pandemic.

New infections also dropped by 757 from 5,974 on Saturday compared to 5,217 on Sunday, according to civil protection authorities. The country’s total number of infections stands at 97,689, a figure which is still less than that recorded by the China and the United States.

The news of the drop in the number of deaths and infections raises hopes that the strict measures put in place by the government in recent weeks are working.

Some of the measures included the closure of schools, shops and sporting events and an order to citizens to stay home, except for essential travel.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Saturday announced the approval of a new package of measures to help citizens worst hit by the effects of the virus. This includes the allocation of 4.3 billion for mayors to deal with citizens’ needs.