Italy reports its highest daily Covid-19 death toll yet with 993 fatalities
- Italy recorded 993 deaths in last 24 hours, its highest daily toll in the pandemic
- Comes despite downward trend in infection rates, with 23,225 new cases
- Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is to set out new emergency measures over Christmas
Italy has recorded its highest daily death toll from coronavirus with 993 fatalities in the last 24 hours, despite a downward trend in infection rates.
The previous grim record of 969 deaths was set on March 27, when Italy was under national lockdown after becoming the first European country to be hit by the global pandemic.
Its Covid-19 death toll now stands at 58,038.
Italy has recorded its highest daily death toll from coronavirus with 993 fatalities in the last 24 hours, despite a downward trend in infection rates
But the daily number of deaths reported has been below 800 for the past five days, while the number of new infections is falling.
The health ministry reported 23,225 new cases on Thursday, compared to 40,902 on November 13. The number of people currently infected has also been falling since the end of November.
The government imposed a nationwide shutdown when coronavirus first hit that brought infection rates under control, but had the effect of crippling the economy.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is to set out new emergency measures over Christmas
After cases began to rise again in October, bars and restaurants were shut in the early evening and a nationwide night curfew imposed, with tougher measures in the hardest-hit areas.
Ministers say this regional approach is working, but have warned Italians not to let down their guard.
New measures covering the Christmas holidays, a time when most Italians would travel to see family, are expected shortly.
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