Italy falls below 1000 ICU patients

There were fewer 1000 patients in intensive care in Italy on Monday, 999 exactly, a first since 10 March, the day after the decision to confine the population, indicated the civil protection.

The peak in the number of people infected in intensive care was reached on April 3, with 4068 people.

At the time of the pandemic, the hospital system in northern Italy was on the brink of breakdown.

The number of deaths in the last 24 hours (179) has recorded a slight rebound on Monday compared to the previous day (165), but remained for the third consecutive day below 200, according to the same source.

First country in Europe in number of deaths, Italy has a total of 30 739 COVID dead – 19 identified for 219 814 case.

It began its deconfinement on May 4, but it remains very partial. A larger opening is planned on 18 with in particular the reopening of museums and non-food retail businesses.

Authorities continue to call on Italians to be cautious, warning of a second wave.

“There are too many people outside, and unfortunately too many without masks or who do not respect social distances”, lamented on the Rai3 channel Roberto Cauda, ​​head of the infectious diseases department of the Gemelli hospital in Rome .

“This summer, we will not stay on our balconies and the beauty of Italy will not remain in quarantine. We can go to the sea, to the mountains, to enjoy our cities, “promised Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in an interview on Sunday at the Corriere della Sera.

But these vacations will be “in a different way, with rules and with caution”, he added, explaining that precise directives would be given according to the evolution of the epidemic.