Medical personnel at the Giovanni XIII retirement home in Rome undergo tests after the death of a patient.
Italy has reported total confirmed cases of 69,176 while its death toll stands at 6,820 while 8,326 patients have been recovered so far.
The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy rose by 602 on Monday, the smallest increase for four days, while the number of new cases also slowed, raising hope that the most aggressive phase of the epidemic may be passing.More news: Ian Lipkin, Medical Consultant on 'Contagion,' Tests Positive for Coronavirus
However, the Civil Protection Agency said that since Italy is only testing people with severe symptoms, the actual number of coronavirus infections could be 10 times higher at 7 lakh.
Italian premier Giuseppe Conte announced the latest measures in a live-streamed address on 24 March, saying that those found on the streets without a legitimate reason to be out will now face fines of between €400 and €3,000, replacing the previous fine of €206.
Nearby France and Spain have also implemented strict lockdowns as CCP virus cases in the two respective countries continue to rise.
"It is credible to estimate that there are 10 positive casesfor every one officially reported". On Tuesday, the government also allowed itself the power to extend the deadline to July 31.More news: Number of COVID-19 cases among Amazon workers rises
Conte said he is hoping to do away with the lockdown as soon as possible.
Finance Minister Roberto Gualtieri noted that Italy's economy contracted "sharply" in March and will likely do the same in April amid the lockdown measures, according to Bloomberg News. In Italy, the outbreak started merely a month ago. That would raise the total number to over 600,000, the newspaper reported.
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