Italy virus cases 10 times higher than reported, Repubblica says

Italy virus cases 10 times higher than reported, Repubblica says

Italian authorities on Monday hoped that the daily drop in deaths would mark a turning point in the fight against the viral pandemic.

While speaking to worldwide media outlet, Borrelli said, "For every officially certificated positive, there are ten non-certified".

"The measures we took two weeks ago are starting to have an effect", Mr Borrelli said in an interview with the La Repubblica daily.

The number of total infections grew by 4,789, or 8 percent from 59,138 cases recorded on Sunday.

"Today, unfortunately, we register 743 deaths", Angelo Borrelli, the head of Italy's National Civil Protection Agency said.

"Of the 50,418 people who are positive, some 26,522 are now under home isolation - being asymptomatic or with light symptoms - another 3,204 are in intensive care, and all the other hospitalized in ordinary wards", he specified.

Italy has more deaths from the virus than anywhere else in the world. Latest figures show 6,077 people have died from the infection in barely a month, making Italy the worst-affected country in the world, with close to double the number of fatalities in China, where the virus emerged past year.

Scientists believe that countries such as Spain and France are following in Italy's footsteps with a lag of a few weeks. Further 601 fatalities were also registered on Monday, with the death toll reaching 6,077.

"Basically we have to test more, and people know it by now".

The outbreak has killed more than 6,000 Italians, the highest death toll of any country.

Investment bank Goldman Sachs forecast on Tuesday that the Italian economy, already teetering on recession before the outbreak hit, would shrink by more than 11% this year.

Italy has been trying to figure out how it managed to become the global epicentre of a pandemic that began on the other side of the world.

"A lot of countries are now taking very strong measures to distance people, to really quarantine entire societies, and these have been shown to be an important way of slowing down this spread of the virus and buying some time", Harris said.

Mr Borrelli pointed to a Champions League match between Italy's Atalanta and Spain's Valencia football clubs in Milan on February 19 as a particularly egregious mistake.

"We can now say, with hindsight, that it was potentially a detonator", Mr Borrelli said of the match.

Respirator exports have been banned in Italy since 25 February.

They said the equipment came in sizes that fitted both adults and children.

Greece has reported 15 Covid-19 fatalities and more than 600 infections.

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