In an unexpected turn, new cases of COVID-19 have dropped in the country hardest hit by the virus, but authorities are remaining cautious.
As it stands, Italy owns the highest instances of death enabled by the coronavirus (5,476) and is only second to China in confirmed cases. However, there are indicators that they may have reached the pinnacle of morte and are making their way down the other side.
For the second day running, new cases of COVID-19 have dropped, allowing the slightest rays of optimism to wriggle through the darkness.
The head of Italy’s top health council Franco Locatelli said “we do not want to get over-enthusiastic or overestimate a trend,” and warned Italians not to lower their guard and continue to respect the rules.
Health official Silvio Brusaferro took it further, stating that the decrease in new cases reflected actions taken at the beginning of the month.
“We need more consecutive results to confirm the trend, to be more certain that we are in a favorable situation,” Brusaferro said, according to the Associated Press.
Authorities and doctors said the next two weeks will be very important to understand whether this downward trend holds and whether Italians can start moving towards a less restrictive life.
According to the AP, “data released on Monday by Italy’s Civil Protection agency, new cases rose from a day earlier by 4,789 cases.
“That’s nearly 700 fewer new cases that were reported in the day’s previous day-to-day increases. Italy has been anxious to see daily new caseloads drop as its health system struggles to keep up.
“Day-to-day increase in deaths also were fewer than the day before: 602 compared to 651 reported by authorities on Sunday.”
Italians are subject to rather extreme measures, as the government has outlawed travel within the country without a valid reason.
Outside of work and exercise, citizens have been told to stay indoors, with those venturing outdoors are required to be accompanied by a certification that must be supplied at police checkpoints.